Interest groups pour millions into Wis. recalls

AP News
Posted: Aug 03, 2011 5:00 PM
Interest groups pour millions into Wis. recalls

A government watchdog organization says nearly 30 outside interest groups have poured millions of dollars into Wisconsin's Senate recall elections.

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign reports 29 groups that are required to register campaign fund-raising and spending with state election officials reported spending $12.5 million in the recalls. Campaign finance reports filed with the state show We Are Wisconsin, a coalition of labor unions, raised $9.7 million and spent $7.9 million.

Voters upset with legislators' stances on Gov. Scott Walker's contentious collective bargaining law launched recall efforts against nine senators this past spring.

Sen. Dave Hansen, a Green Bay Democrat, survived his recall election last month. Elections involving six Republican incumbents are set for Tuesday. Two more Democrats face elections on Aug. 16.