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Wisconsin lawmakers flush with campaign cash

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A new study says Wisconsin lawmakers have collected almost $4 million in campaign contributions.

  The report by government watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign found their challengers in the November election had collected about $988,000.

  Twenty-seven candidates for open seats had generated about $580,000.

  The report found incumbents held 270 fundraisers between January 2007 and August 2008.

  Democratic Rep. Sheldon Wasserman of Milwaukee had the most money in the bank of any legislative candidate with nearly $347,000.

  Wasserman is trying to unseat Republican Sen. Alberta Darling of River Hills.

  Darling had almost $269,000 on hand.

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