"Scott Walker Spent 88% of the Money to Get 53% of the Vote" … the real winner in Wisconsin on was not Gov. Scott Walker, but Big Money. And the real loser was not Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, but democracy.Here's Mike McCabe from the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign on the massive amounts of ads, WISC:
Walker's Republican campaign outspent Barrett's Democratic campaign by $30.5 million to $4 million -- that's a 7.5 to 1 advantage. Another way of saying this is that of the $34.5 million spent on their campaigns, Walker spend 88% of the money … Walker beat Barrett 53% to 46%Here's another way of saying that: Walker spent $23 for each vote he received, while Barrett spent only $3.47 per vote.
But the reality is even worse than this, because the $34.5 million figure does not include so-called independent expenditures and issue ads paid for primarily by out-of-state billionaires (like the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson and Joe Ricketts), business groups, and the National Rifle Association, which were skewed even more heavily toward Walker. Once all this additional spending is calculated, we'll see that total spending in this race could be more than double the $34.5 million number.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Did Money Win it for Walker?
As much as I would like to think Wisconsinites didn't like the idea of a recall election, money must have had something to do with it...the Huffington Post: