The left and the mainstream media have seemingly come up with their collective spin to explain the results of their Wisconsin recall election failure. Not surprisingly, the left and the media have again teamed up with a predictable and wholly dishonest position. Their explanation for Governor Scott Walker’s (R-WI) victory in the Wisconsin Gubernatorial recall election is big money.
The left along with their liberal media brethren are claiming that Walker outspent his opponent, Democrat Tom Barrett 7 to 1. The lineup of liberal media trumpeting the Big Money spin includes Politico, Salon.com. Media Matters, the Washington Post, Daily Kos and the Huffington Post, to name but a few. The problem with this allegation is that it’s dishonest.
Claims by the left of a seven to one spending advantage by Walker fall apart when you do the math. The left claims that Walker spent $30 million to defeat the recall. This is largely accurate, but that’s where the truth ends for the left. Their assertion that only $4 million was spent by Democrat Tom Barrett is disingenuous and dishonest. En toto, more than $63 million was spent by both sides in the recall effort. The left only accounts for $34 million of spending on the Wisconsin Recall Election because they deliberately fail to report the more than $21 million spent by unions against Walker. Campaign contributions tell only part of the story.
National unions kept Tom Barrett’s campaign afloat by funding outside groups dedicated to defeating Walker. More than a year since Walker limited collective bargaining rights for most public employees, the nation’s three largest public unions – the National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) – have channeled more than $2 million from their coffers and super PACs to two Wisconsin-based independent expenditure groups.
Even correcting the lies about spending doesn’t tell the whole story because it still fails to account for the labor expended against Walker by the organized and mandatory ground game of the unions. In fact, the union ground game for Democrats in Wisconsin is, essentially, a permanent infrastructure. In that Walker and the Republicans countered with a ground game that they had to build from the ground up is a testament to the fact that Walker is a good governor. Which is why he won.