During an “emotional” segment following the results of last night’s recall election between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D), one miserable Barrett supporter said the following:
We just got outspent $34 million to $4 million dollars. This was, this was the biggest election in America and I hope you keep me on tonight because this hurts us all. Every single on of you out there in the nation, if you’re watching democracy died tonight.
I’m very emotional because we all had a lot invested in this. This was it. If we didn’t win tonight, the end of the U.S. as we know it just happened. That’s it. We just got outspent $34 million to $4 million dollars.
Watch the CNN video:
Let's take a look at his claim that Gov. Walker simply outspent Barrett.
First, approximately $63 million was spent on the Wisconsin recall election. Second, the man interviewed by CNN seems to cite the dollar amount raised as opposed to dollar amount spent.
According to the government watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Gov. Walker spent (not raised) about $29 million whereas Barrett spent about $3 million dollars.*
But let's go back for a moment and look at the amount of cash raised by each campaign.
Gov. Walker pulled in about $31 million (not $34), which is three times what he raised in his 2010 bid for office, according to the Wall Street Journal.
But based on a tally from the same watchdog group as cited in the above, FOX News claims that, along with the $4.2 million he raised mostly from inside Wisconsin, Barrett raised about $14 million from unions, the Democratic Governors Association, and the Democratic National Committee.
This raises an interesting question: if the Barrett campaign raised approximately $18.2 million, why is it being reported that it only spent $3 million?
Bottom line: Although Gov. Walker outraised and outspent Barrett, which, depending on your political persuasion, is either a testament to his popularity or proof of a “vast right wing conspiracy,” the gap between the two campaigns may not be as great as the "weeping voter" would have you believe.
But let's cut him some slack; he was really emotional at the time. After all, America had just died.
Hear Glenn Beck’s take on the 34-4 million claim:
*Campaign data from May 31st.
This story has been updated for clarity and will be updated as campaign costs are tallied and released.