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Russ Feingold Hosting Fundraiser For Tom Barrett In Wisconsin Recall Race

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On May 30, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) will have two big fundraisers to help him raise money in his campaign to unseat Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) in the June 5 recall election.

Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold will be the special guest at a fundraiser that day from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre in Madison. Tickets range from $50 to $2,500.

Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) will also be in Wisconsin that day, headlining a breakfast at the Italian Conference Center in Milwaukee, according to WisPolitics.com. Suggested donations range from $250 to $2,400.

Feingold remains a popular progressive figure since losing his Senate reelection campaign in 2010, and he has been active in protesting and speaking out against Walker and his Republican allies in the state legislature. Indeed, polls last year showed he would have perhaps been the strongest Democrat in the state to go up against Walker.

In early May, Feingold also sent an email to supporters of his group, Progressives United, raising money for Barrett.

The Wasserman Schultz announcement comes just days after she called Barrett and pledged to do a fundraiser and provide grassroots support. The Obama campaign has also promised grassroots help, already organizing phonebanking and canvassing. On Thursday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out an email to raise money for field operations in Wisconsin, although the money was going directly to the DCCC rather than to the Barrett campaign or the Wisconsin Democratic Party.

In a recent poll by Marquette Law School, Walker held a six-point lead over Barrett.

Below, more on the history of the Walker recall:

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