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Walker, Barrett even in campaign spending


UNDATED (WSAU) The elections are a week from today, and both candidates for Wisconsin governor have about the same amount of money to spend on ads.

Republican Scott Walker had $828,000 on hand as of last week, and Democrat Tom Barrett had just under $800,000. That’s according to the required reports filed yesterday with the state. Walker raised about $2.9-million since the end of August, while Barrett raised $1.3-million.

In separate daily reports that cover larger donations, Walker took in $268,000 in recent days – while Barrett got $132,000. Earlier this summer, Barrett had twice as much in his campaign fund as Walker – but the new figures show that the deficit has been erased. For the year as a whole, Walker has spent $7.5-million, to Barrett’s $5.6-million.

Outside groups are still putting in millions as well. The Republican Governors Association has spent over $3.5-million dollars to attack Barrett. And the Greater Wisconsin Political Fund has spent $1.5-million to attack Walker and help Democratic candidates for the Legislature.