MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker reported Friday that his campaign raised more than $5.1 million in the final six months of 2013, in his bid to win re-election in 2014.
That's nearly triple what Democratic challenger Mary Burke reported for the same time period, though Burke only entered the race in early October. Her total of nearly 1.8 million is roughly the same amount Walker raised during the comparable period in 2009 en route to winning the 2010 governor's race. Burke did, however, put it $400,000 of her personal wealth to reach that total.
Walker survived a recall attempt in 2012, in a race that increased his national profile and saw him haul in massive donations from deep-pocketed Republican donors.
Burke, a former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive and current member of the Madison Metropolitan school board, is running her first statewide campaign.
Burke spokesman Joe Zepecki said the fact that Walker brought in nearly three time more than Burke last year is not a surprise.
"Raising campaign cash from wealthy, out of state special interests has never been Walker's problem," Zepecki said in an email.
Walker's campaign manager, Stephan Thompson, said in a statement that 75 percent of Walker's donations came from people giving $50 or less.
"It's the incredible support from the grassroots that will enable Governor Walker to continue moving Wisconsin forward," Thompson said.
Total spending in Walker's first run for governor broke $36 million, the highest ever for a governor's race. That amount was crushed by the $81 million raised in the recall election, but normal campaign finance limits did not apply during much of that race due to rules governing recall elections.
Full campaign reports listing donations and expenditures are due before midnight Saturday morning. Neither Burke nor Walker had filed theirs as of midmorning Friday.