From “How Walker Won,” William Finnegan, The New Yorker:
“But the ocean of campaign money that drowned Wisconsin was definitely something new. More than sixty-three million dollars poured in…. According to the Center for Public Integrity, Walker outspent Barrett by seven and a half to one. Barrett raised four million dollars in campaign donations, roughly a million of that from out of state. Walker, meanwhile, raised more than thirty million, with twenty million of that from out of state. Four of Walker’s top seven donors were out-of-state billionaires. Many of these overfed cats are becoming familiar figures in our democracy: Sheldon Adelson, the anti-union casino magnate; the brothers Koch, who bow to no man in their anti-unionism.
“The state-level equivalent of SuperPACs slopped another thirty million into the mix, three-quarters of that to Walker, nearly all of it from out of state. The Walker campaign had so much cash, it seemed drunk. After saturating the airwaves and wallpapering America’s dairyland with ad buys, it started running commercials on Madison’s favorite left-wing radio station, apparently just to show that it could.” Emphasis added.
Now the GOP is emboldened, thinking it can do for Mitt what it did for Walker. Wake up, Chicago, they’re coming for you.