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Walker raises record-setting money for recall election

CREATED May 1, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - With the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall primary a week away, and the recall general election five weeks away, Republican incumbent Governor Scott Walker is taking a record-breaking lead over his Democratic counterparts.

Walker far outpaces his four Democratic challengers, based on campaign finance reports submitted on Monday.

Walker's campaign raised an unprecedented $13.2 million in three months.

Two-thirds of that money has come from outside Wisconsin.

"Wisconsin shouldn't be up for sale," said Wisconsin Democratic Party spokesman Graeme Zielinski to TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady.

"Money doesn't vote, even though Walker probably wishes it would."

However, JSOnline reports that an independent group supporting former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk received $4.5 million, nearly all of it from unions, and one-third of it from out of state.

"I've said all along, my opposition is the out-of-state money coming in, the money that fueled the protests, that fueled the Senate recalls, to fueling the recalls right now, that's what I'm up against - the money from Washington in particular," said Gov. Walker.

Two Walker supporters each donated about $500,000.

Normally, donors are allowed to give a maximum of $10,000, but in a recall election, there is no limit from the time recall petitions are taken until the announcement of an election.