Governor Walker breaks record for most money raised in single year

Governor Walker breaks record for most money raised in single year

By WTMJ News Team. CREATED Jan 24, 2012 - UPDATED: Jan 24, 2012

MADISON- In the last year, Governor Walker has raised more than 12 million dollars, beating his old record.

Most of the money Governor Walker has raised to fight the recall in the last month has come from people who do not live in Wisconsin.

Just in the last couple of weeks, four out-of state donors gave Governor Walker $250,000 a piece.  While Democrats argue those donors don't care about the average Wisconsinite, Walker's campaign says those contributions prove the governor's reforms are working.

One million signatures were turned in to recall him, now the governor is raising millions to fund a recall election.

More than 60 percent of donations came from out of state, including a $250,000 donation from Bob Perry.  That name might sound familiar because he was behind the Swift Boat Veterans advertisements that attacked John Kerry.

But the state Democratic Party argues that money Walker raised doesn't represent the average Wisconsin voter.

"He's raising money from hedge fund managers, millionaire and billionaires whose concern isn't about making middle class families lives in Wisconsin better," said Mike Tate, the Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. "We're not going to be able to compete with him financially.  Scott Walker is talking about being able to raise up to $70 million.  We're going to have enough money to run a competitive race, but we will be outspent 3 or 4 to one."