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Numbers show Gov. Walker the big winner in individual out-of-state contributions

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign(WDC) on Tuesday released numbers from its study on donations to Wisconsin political candidates in 2013 that came from individuals out-of-state.

The WDC finds large individual out-of-state contributions to legislative and statewide officeholders and candidates in 2013 totaled $4.11 million, close to the record $4.16 million for an odd-number, non-election year, set in 2011. The overall record for a year was set at $17.2 million in 2012, which featured the failed recall election of Governor Scott Walker.

The organization notes 2011 featured nine state Senate recall races in which the targeted incumbents could accept unlimited individual and political action committee contributions for months before the election, and it was also known Governor Scott Walker and other state senators would face recall in 2012. That's in contrast to 2013, which featured just two statewide races for, on for Wisconsin Supreme Court and one for state school superintendent, both with heavily favored incumbents.

Before 2011, the WDC says annual out-of-state fundraising fluctuated, ranging from $301,403 to $2.03 million per year between 2003 and 2010. Total large individual out-of-state contributions were under $1 million in five of those eight years, according to the organization's numbers.

As in 2011 and 2012, Republican Governor Scott Walker was the largest recipient of out-of-state campaign cash in 2013, receiving $3.73 million in large individual out-of-state contributions. His likely Democratic challenger in 2014, Mary Burke, was a distant second after receiving $159,784.

Billionaire school voucher backer from Michigan, Dick DeVos, topped the list of the more than 8,100 individuals and couples from outside the state who contributed between $100 and $43,300 to Wisconsin candidates in 2013. DeVos is the son of Amway Corporation founder Richard DeVos.

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