Yesterday, we reported that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had pulled in an unbelievable $13 million from mid-January through mid-April of this year for his recall election. Today, we break down those numbers. HuffPost reports, "Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) made headlines on Monday when he announced that he had pulled in an unprecedented $13.2 million in three months to fend off a Democratic attempt to recall him from office. His campaign said "grassroots donors" had boosted his haul, with 76.4 percent of the contributions coming from donations totalling $50 or less. But a closer analysis of his contributions by The Huffington Post shows that Walker was aided by individuals outside the Badger State, as well as by deep-pocketed donors who are fueling the conservative super PACs that have become major players in national races. Two-thirds of Walker's donations came from outside of Wisconsin, and $3.57 million came from individuals giving $10,000 or more."
Some of those numbers: "Walker raised $3.57 million in donations over $10,000. Nearly half of that -- $1.67 million -- came from 37 Wisconsin donors, including a $500,000 donation from Diane Hendricks, the billionaire head of the roofing company ABC Supply. Her donation was the single largest contribution to a gubernatorial candidate in Wisconsin history. The second biggest in-state donor to Walker's recall campaign in the pre-primary report was the Republican Party of Wisconsin, with three contributions totaling $369,516. Walker's list of $10,000-plus out-of-state donors, who gave a total of $1.89 million, consists of some of the biggest donors in the Republican Party, including some big donors to prominent super PACs. ... Walker has frequently criticized the influence of unions and out-of-state money coming into the state to help the Democrats in the recall process. Last year, for example, he slammed the "big government union money coming in from Washington." But Walker is certainly no stranger to out-of-state funds. In fact, the vast majority of money he raised from mid-January to mid-April -- $8.37 million -- came from donors outside of Wisconsin. In-state donors only accounted for $4.36 million, or one-third of his pre-primary total. Small donors giving less than $200 to Walker's campaign, rather than large donors contributing more than $10,000, were the biggest drivers of out-of state donations. Of the total $5 million Walker received in contributions from these small-dollar donors, 70 percent -- or $3.46 million -- came from out-of-state donors, likely signifying the importance that grassroots Republicans nationwide are placing on Walker's success."
The pro-Romney super PAC that spent more than $40 million on attacks hitting Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum made a $4 million ad buy today targeting President Barack Obama. Those ads will run in eight battleground states.
A super PAC backing Rep. Howard Berman in his primary fight against Rep. Brad Sherman made a $500,000 ad buy in their district, according to the LA Times.
The New York Times digs into the relationships of Tagg Romney, Mitt's eldest son, and campaign advisor Spencer Zwick and their investment fund, Solamere Capital, and donors to his father's 2008 campaign.
Donations are down for the GOP in some wealthy areas that have been a source of big money in the past, reports Politico.
Fall-out from the Van Hollen ruling: The conservative group American Future Fund asked the Federal Election Commission (FEC) what kind ads it can run without facing any potential for donor disclosure.
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, a $500,000-plus Obama bundler, says that he'd probably kick in to the pro-Obama super PAC, Priorities USA Action, if push came to shove.
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Committee: Barack Obama for President
Candidate Opposed: Mitt Romney
Spot: "Swiss Bank Account"
Committee: Dick Lugar for Senate
Spot: "Not A Special Interest, A Mother's Plea"
Committee: Dick Lugar for Senate
Candidate Opposed: Richard Mourdock
Committee: Josh Mandel for Senate
Spot: "Can't Push Us Around"
Committee: Linda McMahon for Senate
Committee: Hector Balderas for Senate
Market: New Mexico.
Committee: Ted Cruz for Senate
Spot: "I'm Standing With Cruz"
Committee: Tom Barrett for Governor
Candidate Opposed: Scott Walker
Spot: "Broken Promises"
Committee: National Republican Congressional Committee
Candidate Opposed: Mark Critz
Spot: "Say One Thing, Do Another"
Market: Pennsylvania's 12th District.
Committee: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Candidate Opposed: Republicans
Spot: "In Jeopardy"
TRACKING INDEPENDENT SPENDING IN THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:
These numbers represent spending by independent groups, like super PACs and non-profits, to support or oppose a particular candidate for the presidency in 2012. Fundrace will update this spending daily to help show which candidates are gaining from the proliferation of independent groups in this coming election.
Newt Gingrich (R), $13,017,772 to support, $18,885,161 to oppose.
Rick Santorum (R), $7,548,235 to support, $20,923,379 to oppose.
Mitt Romney (R), $3,317,306 to support, $8,676,753 to oppose.
Rick Perry (R), $4,167,697 to support, $1,404 to oppose.
Ron Paul (R), $3,748,218 to support, $214,158 to oppose.
Jon Huntsman (R), $2,453,204 to support, $0 to oppose.
Barack Obama (D), $298,856 to support, $1,071,699 to oppose.
Herman Cain (R), $501,717 to support, $954 to oppose.
Gary Johnson (R), $518 to support, $0 to oppose.
RECENT INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES
Citizens United Political Victory Fund, $48,150 to oppose Dick Lugar for Senate in Indiana.
Citizens United Political Victory Fund, $48,150 to support Richard Mourdock for Senate in Indiana.
Indiana Values Super PAC, $110,000 to oppose Richard Mourdock for Senate in Indiana.
Citizens for a Working America, $30,282 to support Susan Brooks for Congress in Indiana's 5th District.
Citizens for a Working America, $11,165 to support Luke Messer for Congress in Indiana's 6th District.
American Dental Association PAC, $21,190 to support Scott Keadle for Congress in North Carolina's 8th District.
RECENT POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE REGISTRATIONS
Friends of Democracy, Washington, D.C., Treasurer: Ilyse Hogue. (Hybrid Super PAC)
YouForgotUs, Red Bank, N.J., Treasurer: Brendan P. Tobin.
Gators for Romney, Lake Mary, Fla., Treasurer: Joseph DiPaolo.
Long Term Care Pharmacy Alliance PAC, Washington, D.C., Treasurer: William Daniel.
Labels & Lists Inc PAC, Princeton, N.J., Treasurer: Bruce Willsie.
Progress Connecticut, Hartford, Conn., Treasurer: David E. Donnelly. (Super PAC)
Milwaukeeans for a Better Tomorrow Tomorrow, Milwaukee, Wisc., Treasurer: Rosa Flanagan. (Super PAC)
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