MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Twenty-two Wisconsin legislators who were involved in recalls and special elections last year raised a total of $8.2 million.
The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign said party fundraising committees brought in another $4 million. That brought the total to over $12 million generated by the candidates and their direct supporters.
Recall targets were allowed to raise unlimited funds before their elections were scheduled.
Senate Republican Alberta Darling of River Hills raised the most, with $1.3 million. She survived by a challenge from Assembly Democrat Sandy Pasch.
La Crosse Republican Dan Kapanke raised the second-highest amount at $1.1 million. He and Fond du Lac Republican Randy Hopper were the only senators to be recalled last year.
The Senate Democratic Committee brought in the third-highest amount, at just over $1 million. Also, legislators who were not targeted last year raised at least some money for their campaigns this fall.
The Democracy Campaign said they brought in a total of around $2 million – or about a quarter as much as the senators who were recall targets.