MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new report shows Republicans and Democratic groups have poured nearly $24 million into elections this year in Wisconsin.
The government-watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign released findings on Wednesday showing that Republican express-advocacy groups have spent $17.3 million and Democratic express-advocacy groups have spent about $6.6 million. Express-advocacy groups are defined as those that use words such as “vote for” or “vote against” in their ads and mailings.
The groups have spent about $17 million on the race between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger, Tony Evers. The groups have spent about $3.4 million on legislative races and $3.3 million on the attorney general’s race.
The biggest spenders include two PACs controlled by the Republican Governors Association and the Greater Wisconsin Political Independent Expenditure Fund, a corporation that works to elect Democratic candidates.