Barrett raises $831K in recall campaign

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has raised about $831,500 in his bid to survive a Democratic primary and oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker in next month's recall election.

Campaign finance reports filed Monday technically show Barrett raised $831,508 between Jan. 1 and April 23. Barrett didn't enter the recall race until March 30, however.

He spent $808,975 and had $475,496 on hand.

The mayor is one of five candidates running in a May 8 Democratic primary. The winner earns a chance to defeat Walker in a June 5 general recall election.

Democrats forced Walker into a recall as payback for pushing through legislation that stripped public workers of their union rights.

Walker, for his part, reported raising $13 million from Jan. 18 through April 23. He had $4.8 million on hand.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

STORY FROM 4/27/12
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says he has raised $750,000 in just 25 days as he attempts to win the Democratic primary in the governor's recall election.

And his chief Democratic rival Kathleen Falk says she raised $1 million since she got into the race in mid-January.

Both candidates announced their fundraising totals Friday in advance of Monday's deadline. Neither released how much cash on hand they had heading into the May 8 primary.

The latest report covers Jan. 1 through April 23. Falk got into the race on Jan. 18 and Barrett got in on March 30.

Secretary of State Doug La Follette and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout are also running.

Walker reported in January that he had already raised more than $12 million to that point.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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