Court Candidate Fundraising Tops $1 Million

March 29, 2016

Gavel and scales

The two candidates who will face off in next week’s spring election for a 10-year seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court have raised just over $1 million since the beginning of the year.

The latest campaign fundraising and spending reports filed Monday by the candidates with the Government Accountability Board show incumbent Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley accepted $567,735 and her opponent, Appeals Court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg, took in about $436,921 between Jan. 1 and March 21.

As of early last week, Kloppenburg had about $197,400 in her campaign account and Bradley had about $149,000. The latest reports do not include fundraising and spending in the final two weeks leading up to the April 5 election, which is likely to be substantial.

Bradley also outspent Kloppenburg – $595,000 versus about $470,900 – between Jan. 1 and March 21. The amount the candidates spent exceeded their fundraising for the period, but not the amount of money in their campaign accounts because both candidates entered the race during the last six months 2015 with cash already in their accounts.

The bulk of Kloppenburg’s spending was on television ads, about $377,000. Bradley spent about $246,000 on television and radio ads and nearly $129,000 on political and media consultants.