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Networks Whine Over 'Massive Spending Gap' Between GOP and Dems in Wisconsin
NewsBusters ^ | June 06, 2012 | Kyle Drennen

Posted on 06/06/2012 8:34:23 PM PDT by Qbert

Searching for an excuse to explain what went wrong for Democrats in Wisconsin, the broadcast networks blamed "a record-shattering $64 million poured into" the recall election by "conservative out-of-state groups" supporting Republican Governor Scott Walker.  

On Wednesday's CBS This Morning, correspondent Bill Plante promoted Obama campaign talking points on the major Democratic loss: "...what it called the 'massive spending gap'. Governor Walker's supporters raised $31 million to $4 million for the challenger, Tom Barrett....with most of that money coming from out of state – a huge chunk of it from the super-PACs." On Tuesday's CBS Evening News, correspondent Dean Reynolds proclaimed: "Their efforts resulted in an avalanche of ads attacking Walker's Democratic opponent..."

On NBC's Today, correspondent Peter Alexander similarly warned about the influence of super-PACs: "But it may also embolden super-PACs to keep spending. Get this, a record-shattering $64 million poured into the Wisconsin race. A whole lot of it from conservative out-of-state groups that supported Walker."

On Monday's NBC Nightly News, Alexander described how the state "has been flooded with a record $64 million in campaign spending...with Walker out-raising his opponent 7-1." He then declared: "Many voters have had enough."

Reporting on Walker's victory on ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday, correspondent Jon Karl noted how the Governor managed to "beat back" the recall effort "after the Republican Party and conservative groups poured tens of millions into the state."

One could hardly tell the difference between network reporters and left-wing MSNBC host Ed Schultz, who ranted over the money spent in the campaign on Tuesday's Rachel Maddow Show: "We are looking at almost a $27 million advantage that Walker had over Tom Barrett, and this sets the template for the Republicans and certainly tells the right-wing in this country that, if they can out-fund their opponent, they've got a real good shot at winning."

Politico used the same spin on Tuesday, insisting: "Only one takeaway from Wisconsin: Money shouts."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: 2012; campaignfunds; elections; mediabias; tombarrett; unionspending; wahwahwaaah; walker; wisconsinshowdown

"Massive spending gap"?... (Source: http://www.maciverinstitute.com/2012/06/big-labor-recall-total-to-exceed-20-million/)

1 posted on 06/06/2012 8:34:28 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert

Facts are racist


2 posted on 06/06/2012 8:36:33 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: Qbert

In 2008, Obama spent massive amounts more than John McCain, but ... [shrug] ... that just meant that people loved Obama and wanted to give him money ... [/s]


3 posted on 06/06/2012 8:37:03 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Obama needs more time. After all -- Rome wasn't burned in a day.)
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To: Qbert
this sets the template for the Republicans and certainly tells the right-wing in this country that, if they can out-fund their opponent, they've got a real good shot at winning."

But if it were the other way around, nothing to see here . . move along.

4 posted on 06/06/2012 8:38:48 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Of course I'm right. Sometimes I'm righter than others.)
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To: Qbert

Barry is bleeding the ‘RATS dry. There isn’t any money left for the rest of the ‘RATS.


5 posted on 06/06/2012 8:39:29 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Free Stuff or Freedom! You Decide 2012.)
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To: wastedyears

Could it be that, with all of the controveries over Walker’s actions, that the people actually approved of his policies?????

His margin of victory yesterday was larger than his margin of victory when he was first elected in Nov. 2010.

So after the liberals and big labor and Democrats picked this fight, they need to find an excuse why they lost.


6 posted on 06/06/2012 8:41:21 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Qbert

Enough to overcome the Dem’s “massive voter fraud gap” I reckon


7 posted on 06/06/2012 8:44:23 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Fat, drunk and stupid = Dumb, dependent, and Democrat)
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To: Qbert
Walker didn't ask for the recall petition. Walker didn't ask for the recall election.

The unions started the fight but couldn't finish it. Because they're leftists, and therefore don't have consciences or the capacity to feel shame, and believe in the power of The Big Lie (invented by Joseph Goebbles), they (1) throw a public pity party while simultaneously arguing that (2) they didn't actually lose the election and (3) the election doesn't matter anyway.

8 posted on 06/06/2012 8:45:03 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Qbert
Governor Walker's supporters raised $31 million to $4 million for the challenger, Tom Barrett....with most of that money coming from out of state...yet I thouhgt I heard somewhere, stated with great pride in fact, that Labor had raised close to $25 million for the recall against Walker - but of course that was before they lost the election - and the MSM had to fudge the numbers to try to make their case.....

Besides, last year when Obama was supposedly going to raise a billion for his re-election campaign, I don't remember anybody in the press complaining how unfair that would be to the 'pubs.....

9 posted on 06/06/2012 8:46:19 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Qbert

I’d love to see all of the underlying data for that chart.


10 posted on 06/06/2012 8:46:35 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (I made a prank call...pretended I was a mime.)
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To: Qbert; All

Note that this is only the reportables, they easily spent 3-4 times that.


11 posted on 06/06/2012 8:46:44 PM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: Qbert

Meanwhile that scum sucking Pig Obama is here in LA AGAIN collecting more money from his Commie buddies, like Obama needs MORE money..yet the media doesn’t bring THAT up


12 posted on 06/06/2012 8:46:58 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Dilbert San Diego

No excuses possible at this point. Their antics prior to and during the recall presented everyone with a reason to pay attention to their own ultimate defeat.


13 posted on 06/06/2012 8:47:23 PM PDT by wattsmag2
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To: Qbert
Dear Union Thugs: when YOU are the ones who picked the fight, you GIVE UP the right to complain about how many resources get brought to the table by your opponent.

Scott Walker was sitting in his office when you guys forced a recall election. YOU'RE the ones who started this, not him. If you can't raise enough funds to fight a battle that YOU started, that's your problem.

14 posted on 06/06/2012 8:48:29 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Jimmy Carter's incompetence + Richard Nixon's paranoia = Barack Obama)
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To: wattsmag2

Dear PEU,

Suck it.

Regards,

Taxpayer


15 posted on 06/06/2012 8:49:28 PM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: Qbert

Supreme Court says: Stuff it whiners.


16 posted on 06/06/2012 8:52:41 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Qbert

How ‘bout the MSM coverage gap? What is that worth, Skippy?

Pick a rock fight with me then complain that I brought bigger rocks
to the contest when I kick your fanny. Precious.


17 posted on 06/06/2012 8:55:59 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal Red Turf)
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To: Qbert

Looks like this “expenditure disparity” needs a generous application of the Liberal’s favorite magic salve: THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE SALVE.

Directions: Apply generously to all that works in Society until all is lost - - -


18 posted on 06/06/2012 8:56:24 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Intolerant in NJ

"Besides, last year when Obama was supposedly going to raise a billion for his re-election campaign, I don't remember anybody in the press complaining how unfair that would be to the 'pubs....."

Yep. (And I don't recall hearing of any complaints from the leftists when Obama had a massive spending advantage in '08...)

19 posted on 06/06/2012 8:59:45 PM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: wastedyears

LoL. Let’em think what they want. Their errors will result in poor preparation for the next one.


20 posted on 06/06/2012 9:03:15 PM PDT by Dr. Pritchett
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To: Qbert

I saw the MSNBC ‘pie-charts’.

A BIG one for Walker and a small one for Barrett.

They then showed that 3/4s of the Dems was from in-state while only 1/3 was from in-state for the good guys.

I noted that the $ amount (not the percentage) of money sent to Walker from in-state was larger than the amount sent to Barrett.

So Walker drew larger sums from Wisconsinites than Barrett...no matter how you slice that pie.


21 posted on 06/06/2012 9:04:04 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: Qbert

Odd, I don’t remember the networks complaining about the Chicago jesus raising and spending $1 BILLION dollars on his campaign in 2007-8 while McLame took $83 million of tax payer funds. Nor do I remember the networks reporting on the amount of cash coming from abroad to the Chicago thugs campaign, all less then the reporting requirement.


22 posted on 06/06/2012 9:07:15 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: wastedyears

Isn’t the picture a lot different if you compare the efforts of both sides going back to the original efforts to oust Walker? In other words, didn’t the left ‘shoot their biggest guns’ getting the recall set up? While Walker, and the people like me that supported him, didn’t donate until the left kept piling on?


23 posted on 06/06/2012 9:07:50 PM PDT by CT
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To: eddie willers
Whoa, your analysis is WAY too deep.....

/sarc

24 posted on 06/06/2012 9:10:00 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Yep....I bet Walker could have pocketed all the out-of-state money and still won by 7 points.


25 posted on 06/06/2012 9:17:16 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: Cheerio

You failed to mention that much of Obama’s donations came from foreign interests.


26 posted on 06/06/2012 9:20:42 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse
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To: eddie willers

The spending gap nonsense might play outside of Wisconsin, but those of us in the belly of the beast have seen and heard waaaayyyy too many ads attacking Walker over the last 16 months. We know they weren’t paid for by the tooth fairy.


27 posted on 06/06/2012 9:23:26 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Thank you Wisconsin!!!!)
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To: wastedyears

and Rats are Cheap


28 posted on 06/06/2012 9:37:27 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Qbert

So.....now I’m a “conservative out-of-state groups”....must have been me/myself/and I that contributed to Scott Walker.

Socialists don’t like the little people...only big organizations that are socialist.


29 posted on 06/06/2012 9:51:10 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: CT

I don’t remember reading any local Wisconsin articles, so I wouldn’t know that.


30 posted on 06/06/2012 9:57:57 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
You failed to mention that much of Obama’s donations came from foreign interests.

That certainly was the story, but of course no one in the Government would look into it since all those "donations" were under the reportable threshold. The Chicago gang and supporters like Soros know how to orchestrate such things. This bozo the clown truly is the MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, and if not a single Sec of State in all 57 states is not going to demand proof that he meets the requirement to be a NBC then America gets what it deserves - then I am sorry that I live here but there is no where left on the globe (think Reagan had a similar saying).
31 posted on 06/06/2012 10:21:48 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Qbert

I’ve yet to get an answer on this but how much did the RATs spend on getting the recall election in the first place? Because that effort was a massive anti-Walker campaign by its very nature. And there was plenty of out-of-town funding and in-kind donations including bus loads of goons from other states. It was just as much a part of the campaign as was Walker’s efforts to win the recall.


32 posted on 06/06/2012 11:13:21 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (I can see November from Wisconsin)
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To: ClearCase_guy; Qbert; BipolarBob; Dilbert San Diego; Steely Tom; Intolerant in NJ; ...

“In 2008, Obama spent massive amounts more than John McCain...”

Here’s an article from the ABC bragging that Obama had 3 times the money that McCain had, and there wasn’t a hint on negativism toward Obama - instead they praised it as an accomplishment.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Vote2008/story?id=6397572&page=1#.T9BTW9XpFrA

And weren’t they boasting only recently how they would raise a billion dollars and wipe out the republican candidate with it.


33 posted on 06/07/2012 12:22:09 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: Qbert

Democrats never take responsibility for their actions or inactions and are compelled to blame others. On the other hand, Democrats will always claim credit for anything that appears to be positive even if they took actions that hindered the ultimate outcome.


34 posted on 06/07/2012 1:21:39 AM PDT by monocle
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To: Qbert
It doesn't matter what the facts are; the "money won" line is how those people save face. Shame on me for thinking of costing the free labour that the union folks kicked in :)
35 posted on 06/07/2012 1:28:16 AM PDT by danielmryan
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To: Qbert
What the Republicans should do to spike a revengeful Barry Obama and the Donkeys in Congress.

Congress will adjourn for the Fall elections. The Elections are held and Obama and the Donkeys get clobbered.

The Republicans in both House and Senate STAY adjourned until the new Congress is sworn-in on or about 5 January 2013.

If Barry tries Executive Orders or recess appointments, the first thing the new Congress does is to rescind any of them and start vacating all of Barry's B.S. laws and regulations. Then, it starts hearings leading to the prosecution of Obama and his band of criminals.

36 posted on 06/07/2012 1:32:32 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Enough to overcome the free media advertisements offered to all Dem candidates, 24/7, 365 days a year.


37 posted on 06/07/2012 3:38:52 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2

Seems pretty simple to me, Walker raised more money because his policies are better than the Demodummies. The people of Wisconsin and around the world can see what is better and hence supported Walker with their money. The cry babbies will never get over it.


38 posted on 06/07/2012 4:30:26 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Qbert

What nonsense. The libs chose this fight and then complains when the GOP fights back.


39 posted on 06/07/2012 10:31:25 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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