Politics & Government
9:42 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Walker Raises $3.5 Million

Despite a sizable lead over a future Democratic opponent, one political scientist says Republican Scott Walker's fund raising success does not assure him victory in a race for a second term.

Scott Walker's trips outside the state have likely helped his fund raising during the first half of the year.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker raised $3.5 million during the first half of 2013, far more than the last six months of 2012 when he collected $474,000.

UW-Green Bay Political Scientist Michael Kraft says money raised by Scott Walker in the first half of this year is a large sum, but not nearly so impressive as the nearly $30 million Walker raised during the recall election.  

Kraft says the latest total illustrates some of the Governor's success at attracting donors during his out of state trips that are likely tied to Walker's presidential ambitions.

There are no fund raising totals available for a Democratic candidate for Governor since no one has stepped forward yet to declare their candidacy for the 2014 race.

Kraft says there is no assurance that the individual who raises the most money will win a race.

He says however, the longer the Democrats take to choose a challenger, the harder it will be for the party to close the fund raising gap.