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An investigation by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign found that $9 out of every $10 in individual contributions that Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s state campaign committee raised during the first half of 2015 came from outside the state, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review found.
A campaign finance report filed Monday by the governor’s state campaign committee, Friends of Scott Walker, showed the committee raised a total of nearly $5.6 million from individuals between January and June 2015. Nearly $4.8 million, or 87 percent, of his individual contributions came from outside Wisconsin. About $74,000 in individual contributions were anonymous, unitemized, or had no state or zip code.
Walker, who was reelected last year to a second, four-year term, announced last week he would run for president. The governor cannot use money raised by his state campaign to run for federal office.
Walker has received millions of dollars in out-of-state contributions since the 2011 and 2012 recall races spurred by his successful effort to slash public employee collective bargaining rights. Campaign finance reports in recent years have generally showed Walker accepted between half and two-thirds of his individual contributions from outside Wisconsin.
Fourteen of the 17 donors who gave the legal limit of $10,000 (or more) to the governor’s state campaign between January and June 2015 were from outside Wisconsin. Some of those out-of-state donors were:
Total individual contributions to Walker exceeded $100,000 in 15 states. Topping the list of out-of-state individual contributions to Walker during the first six months of 2015 were: California, $648,884; Florida, $479,008; Texas, $385,778; Illinois, $262,717, and New York, $182,624.