Walker supporters and that inconvenient double standard

Fundraising reports are out. Walker supporters are all up in false arms about gubernatorial candidate Mark Neumann’s ability to loan his campaign $2.1 million. They argue it’s proof Neumann’s not a viable candidate.

Senate candidate Ron Johnson is in for $4.4 million of his own. They argue it shows Johnson can go the distance.

A problem for those Walker folks, don’t you think?

I don’t mind self funded candidates. Heck, Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl championed the self-funding a few years ago with his “nobody’s Senator but yours” campaign.

Oh, wait, I guess that means Wisconsin’s left can’t whine about it either.

So there you go: self funding is a non-issue, unless you are desperate to make a mountain out of a molehill a week before the primary.

Comments

  1. Interesting numbers. If you do look at it apples to apples, Johnson raised $1.2MM, Barrett $962k, Walker $826k and Neumann just shy of $100k. For a statewide election, that’s quite a disparity. I don’t know how hard Neumann pushes fund raising, not as hard as Walker if I just compare mailings received at home. What concerns me more, is that Barrett hasn’t had to spend a dime yet. I think the Republican winner on Tuesday is going to have one heck of a PR battle to fight. Not sure Walker can keep up with the fundraising, nor that Neumann has an endless pot from which to pull cash.

  2. Poor poor Cindy still can’t get her head around the fact that the lack of people willing to donate to Neumann shows a lack of enthusiasm for his candidacy.

    It isn’t that he is self funding, it is that not enough other people are donating. People are excited about and are donating to Johnson. Big difference.

    It is called analysis, your bias is fogging your brain.

  3. Poor poor Cindy still can\’t get her head around the fact that the lack of people willing to donate to Neumann shows a lack of enthusiasm for his candidacy.

    It isn’t that he is self funding, it is that not enough other people are donating. People are excited about and are donating to Johnson. Big difference.

    It is called analysis, your bias is fogging your brain.

  4. I agree, BDad. I’ll also say I don’t think either candidate can match Barrett’s fundraising ability or ferocious campaigning – especially Neumann.

    And after Walker loses the nomination, I can’t wait to be part of the team that sends Walker on a permanent furlough from county government.

  5. Every person still gets ONE vote. Doesn’t matter if you are the guy or organization that lined the pockets of the candidate deemed ‘his turn’ or if you are me. We each get one vote. That is what counts on election day, and it is what is making Walker shake in his brown bag.

    The people decide who to elect, to the chagrin of the Walker endorsers with deep pockets hoping for a payback getting their guy elected.

    Neumann is clearly his own guy. He will owe no one anything as governor. Voters like that.

    Cindy, you point out true hypocrisy in those supporting Johnson whilst belittling Neumann for the same actions. Totals don’t mean much today. Come next Tuesday and Neumann victory, those holding back on donations will write checks.

  6. That’s a little one-dimensional, RL. Money is, sadly, a huge indicator of who will win, and if everyone voted, it would be true that the most important factor was “one vote per person.” Yet, the unfortunate truth is that most campaigns are a combination of triangulation and boosting turnout.

    For Democrats, driving turnout is going to be the way to win across this country come November–all the evidence says that if Democrats were as excited as Republicans are to repudiate, most races wouldn’t be nearly as close.

  7. Well, thank-you, Lorax for the one-dimensional insult! May be one dimensional, but it is actually what a political insider with some affiliation to the Walker side told me early in the race. I say it is about who turn outs, to cast their one vote, not about money. Look a the national trend in the recent elections. Outsiders like Neumann are getting more votes than the big spending $ candidates. All comes down to each person getting a vote. 🙂 For instance Jim Klauser only gets one vote; I only get one vote.

  8. Fred, the organized Republican party is supporting Walker. That’s from where the money flows for a primary. My head it completely around that. The WISGOP is well documented on the books for Walker. My head is around that one, too.

    In comparison Ron Johnson is also the WISGOP pick for that seat. Ergo, he gets primary funding, too.

    I prefer Neumann. You’ll live. It would be lovely if your personality would allow for a challenge of political thinking without making it a personal attack.

  9. “But for goodness sakes, don’t confuse Dooley with the facts.”

    Take your own advice.

  10. Oh, got it, Fred. Ok. Get personal. I may not have started it, but I certainly know how to play.

  11. That was the comment you left on my site.

    Shall we ignore it?

    I suggest you dismount from your high horse.

  12. Seeing as you did start it, here was my post…

    An AP report out today on the latest fund raising numbers shows Mark Neumann raised $2.2 million in July and August.

    However, $2.1 million came out of his own pocket.

    How much interest can there be in a candidate that can’t raise any money on his own? Neumann is buying some momentum but he will come nowhere close to winning the primary.

    The same report showed Tom Barrett with a lead on Scott Walker in the money race. You would expect that for a candidate without a serious primary opponent and the President showing up twice a month to raise money for him.

    Now you show me where I attacked anyone who supported Neumann in that piece. In your second sentence here you are lashing out. At Walker supporters for what the crime of being able to analyze something.

    You really have become unglued.

  13. Hey, Fred, at least I’m not posting my work on your website.

    I guess you miss the Real Debate over at your place that you get here.

  14. Fred, I conceded the point that I left the comment. Are you possible of comprehending that? Some people are capable of admitting they were wrong.

    I was wrong. I started it. It was fun. I may keep it going if you don’t chill.

  15. Just showing your readers how wrong your position was. Someone had to do it.

    I’m out.

    (That’s called winning the debate)

  16. Well then why am I laughing at you?

    That’s nice Fred. Back to your rabbit hole. Mind staying there for a week?

  17. I love how Fred thinks he won the debate simply because he says he did.

    BTW Cindy, I love the line about all the “real debate” going on at Fred’s place…truer words were never typed!