LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Campaign spending in state hits new record
To the Editor:_ Campaign spending in Wisconsin legislative campaigns hit a new record in 2020. In races for the state Senate and Assembly, a staggering $53.9 million was spent – a 50.5% increase over 2018._ Total spending in 14 legislative races exceeded $1 million, more than doubling the total of six such races in 2018. Spending in each of three Senate races surpassed $3.2 million._ The winners are now in Madison – working on behalf of Wisconsin families, businesses, and communities. They’ve entered an arena of competing values, differing agendas, and significant pressure to do well for Wisconsin. But good government doesn’t just happen. It takes informed citizens who are paying attention.
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Jon Henkes WisconsinEye