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Walker, Barrett even in campaign spending

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Candidates for Wisconsin governor Tom Barrett (D), left, and Scott Walker (R). (Photo courtesy of FOX 11).
Candidates for Wisconsin governor Tom Barrett (D), left, and Scott Walker (R). (Photo courtesy of FOX 11).

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.

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