Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has been in full campaign mode for the recall campaign that Democrats have mounted against him -- and has raised a lot of money while he's at it.
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The Walker campaign announced on Tuesday that he raised $4.5 million in just the period from December 11 through Jan 17, and has over $2.6 million on hand. In all, he has raised $12 million since January 1, 2011.
"Governor Walker's message of moving Wisconsin forward continues to resonate with voters," said communications director Ciara Matthews. "It is this message, and the success of the governor's reforms, that have inspired people to contribute to his campaign in overwhelming numbers. These donations will allow us to fight back against this baseless recall and ensure Governor Walker can continue to lay the foundation for a more successful Wisconsin and keep government working on the side of taxpayers."
The press release notes that the donations came from a total of 21,443 contributions, including 16,406 of contributions of $50 or less. But under the surface, it becomes clear that Walker has been taking advantage of a key aspect of the state fundraising law for recalls -- that until the election is officially triggered, the targeted incumbent can bring in unlimited donations.