Walker Raises Twice as Much as All of the Democratic Candidates

July 17, 2018

Walker and Dems Scale

Republican Gov. Scott Walker raised more than double of all of the eight remaining Democratic candidates for governor combined during the first six months of 2018.

Campaign fundraising and spending reports filed Monday showed Walker, who is seeking his third four-year term in November, raised just short of $5.5 million from individuals and committees.

The report also showed Walker’s campaign had a cash balance of $5.9 million as of June 30, more than triple that of all of Democratic candidates for governor combined.

Meanwhile, the eight remaining Democratic candidates, who will face off in the state’s Aug. 14 primary to see who goes against Walker in the general election, raised about $2.5 million combined and during the first six months of the year (see Table below). The Democratic candidates’ combined cash balances on June 30 totaled about $1.9 million, the reports showed.

Kelda Roys, of Madison, a former Assembly representative, led fundraising among the Democratic candidates. Roys raised $676,928 during the first six months of 2018 followed by Mahlon Mitchell, of Fitchburg, who leads the state firefighters union. Mitchell took in $610,257.

Roys had about $667,760 and Mitchell had about $368,000 in their campaign accounts on June 30.

State School Superintendent Tony Evers, of Madison, rounded out the top three Democratic gubernatorial fundraisers, taking in about $495,600 during the first six months of 2018. Evers had about $307,100 in his campaign account on June 30.

Gubernatorial Fundraising
January-June 2018

Name Party Fundraising
Scott Walker R $5,459,963
Kelda Roys D $676,928
Mahlon Mitchell D $610,257
Tony Evers D $495,607
Matt Flynn D $337,059
Mike McCabe D $155,842
Paul Soglin D $115,765
Kathleen Vinehout D $89,801
Joshua Pade D $11,623