Walker raises more than $25 million

Walker raises more than $25 million

By The Associated Press. CREATED Apr 30, 2012 - UPDATED: May 1, 2012

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker's campaign says he raised more than $13 million from mid-January through last week.

The governor's campaign says the money came from a total of 125,926 contributions. Walker has raised more than $25 million since Jan. 1, 2011, shattering the record for fundraising by any candidate for state office in Wisconsin.

Walker has a pretty impressive fan base -- company founders, a Las Vegas casino president, even an NBA team owner.

Among his chief benefactors were Diane M. Hendricks, founder of Beloit-based American Builders and Contractors Supply Co.; Sheldon Adelson, chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Sands casino; and Richard DeVos, owner of the Orlando Magic basketball team and co-founder of the Amway Corp., a direct-sales company.

Five others handed him $100,000 each.

Walker himself set the record when he raised $10 million on his way to victory in 2010.

Democrats are trying to oust Walker and five other Republicans from office as payback for passing a law last year that stripped most public workers of nearly all their union rights.

A primary election is set for May 8, with a general recall election to follow on June 5.