Realtors Spending Big to Help GOP Sen. Roth

September 28, 2018

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Four outside electioneering groups are spending nearly five times more than the candidates on a state Senate seat held by a GOP leader, recent reports show.

The race in the 19th Senate District pits incumbent GOP Senate President Roger Roth, of Appleton, against Democrat Lee Snodgrass, of Appleton. From January through August, Roth spent $27,835 and Snodgrass spent $19,432 for a total of $47,307.

Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Realtors Association, which generally supports Republican legislative and statewide candidates, and three other Democratic groups planned to spend a total of nearly $220,400 – the most outside spending on any legislative race so far.

The Realtors Association reported it would spend $208,850 on canvassing, consulting, and printed materials on behalf of Roth. And the Democratic groups, High Ground Political Fund, For Our Future, and Progressive Takeover reported they would spend about $11,520 combined on campaign staff, canvassing, campaign literature, and digital advertising to support Snodgrass.