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Published on May 18, 2012
This morning, Chris Hayes was joined by a panel of guests to discuss Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall election, which takes place on Tuesday. One of the most interesting aspects of the race is the role of money.
Hayes noted that a embattled Republican incumbent governor Scott Walker has a huge advantage in campaign funds over Democratic Party challenger Tom Barrett, outspending him ten to one. Meanwhile, outside money is buoying Walker's campaign, with 62% of his campaign funds coming from out of state (26% of Barrett's is from out of the state). And this is just the money going directly to the campaigns of both candidates, it does not account for outside groups using independent expenditures.
"The Republican Party, the conservative establishment, particularly the U.S. Chamber of Commerce types view this as a defining battle," concluded Hayes. "They view this as they cannot let Scott Walker lose, because [of] what it says about this balance of power. I don't think there's been from outside the state this same focus from progressive groups."