Daily Recall Election Roundup: May 30
Here are the latest updates from the campaign trail in the June 5 Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election.
Every day between now and the June 5 gubernatorial recall election, Patch will provide daily updates on what's happening on the campaign trail.
Check back with this column throughout the day for the latest recall-related news.
2:07 p.m.: New Marquette Poll Has Scott Walker Up By 7 Points
A Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows Walker leading by 7 points over Barrett - 52 percent to 45 percent - among likely voters. Two weeks ago, Walker led Barrett 50 percent to 44 percent in the Marquette poll.
Most of the 720 registered voters were interviewed before Friday’s first gubernatorial debate using landlines and cell phones and the results are taken from the answers of 600 likely voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.
12:16 p.m.: Barrett says Walker is Stonewalling on John Doe Probe
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett accused Gov. Scott Walker of "stonewalling" on Wednesday morning as the governor continues to direct contributions into a legal defense fund set up for the two-year John Doe investigation.
According to Barrett's campaign, Walker has transferred $100,000 into the fund during the month of May. The money is being used to pay for attorney fees that has resulted from the investigation into alleged corruption in his office during his time as Milwaukee County Executive.
"We are not talking about a parking ticket," the mayor said at his Milwaukee campaign headquarters after a fundraising event with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
The governor has refused to discuss the John doe investigation and has not disclosed the donor or donors who is contributing to the fund. Walker has only said that he is not a target of the probe that has resulted in more than a dozen of charges against five former aides.
"Wisconsin deserves to know before the election," Barrett said.
- Brendan O'Brien
11:45 a.m.: New Poll Shows Campaign for Governor Tied
A new poll from Lake Research Partners shows the race for Wisconsin governor tied at 49%-49% less than one week before the election.
“The more Walker stonewalls about whether he is the target of this investigation, whether he will release the emails that are at the heart of the probe, and why he is the only governor in America with a criminal defense fund, the more the people of Wisconsin view him as unfit for the governor’s office,” said Barrett for Wisconsin Communications Director Phil Walzak.
11:22 a.m.: Barrett and Feingold Campaigning in Madison
Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett and former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold will campaign with supporters in Madison on Wednesday, May 30.
They will be at the Majestic Theater, 115 King St., at 6 p.m.
10:42 a.m.: Nicolet Bank Business Pulse Survey Reveals Business Owners Support Walker
The Nicolet Bank Business Pulse conducted a survey which reveals that business owners believe the recall will significantly impact business and the majority back Gov. Scott Walker, according to a release from Walker's campaign.
The survey revealed that 91 percent said a reelection of Walker would have a positive impact on business, while only 7 percent of those polled found that a win by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett would have a positive impact.
The business owners questioned found that a win by Walker would reduce uncertainty about the future, taxes would go down, the business climate would improve and that businesses would hire more employees and invest in their future, according to the release. Those surveyed believed that win a by Barrett the state of "Wisconsin would see a return to big-government, taxes would increase, the business climate would worsen causing companies to leave the state, and that businesses will hold tight onto their money with lower expectations of growth for their future."
10:15 a.m.: Walker raking in the cash
New campaign finance reports show that Republican Gov. Scott Walker has raised about $31 million since he took office 17 months ago, including $5.9 million in the last five weeks, the Associated Press is reporting.
His Democratic opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, has taken in $3.4 million over the past five weeks. He raised about $4.2 million since joining the race at the end of March.
Check out Patch's new interactive database to search individual campaign contributions by name, city, state and ZIP Code.