A Republican political consultant offers some insight into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's fundraising strategy for the upcoming recall elections:
In California, which also saw a massive influx of out-of-state money, there was no limit on what the Democratic governor could spend in the recall campaign. But the money did Davis little good, says Tammy Cali, who handled marketing for the anti-Davis campaign and now runs Eberle Communications Group, a McLean political fundraising firm.The victimization message is resonating with almost three dozen millionaires around the country, as Walker's latest campaign finance report shows:
“Wisconsin is different,” Cali says, “because it’s a David-versus-Goliath story. Scott Walker is a tea party guy, a David who is a victim. In politics, to win you need an enemy or a victim. In this case, you have both. You can ask people around the country for money for Walker by saying, ‘If this can happen to Scott Walker, it can happen in your state.’ ” [emphasis added]
An analysis of Walker's latest campaign finance reports submitted Monday done by the government watchdog group the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign shows that 61 percent of his money came from out of state.Literally 30-40 rich people around the country are afraid that they too can become the Davids victimized by the Goliath of hundreds of thousands of people signing petitions.
That includes $1 million he got from three Missouri donors and one from Texas over a single week earlier in January.
The Democracy Campaign says roughly half of the $4.5 million Walker raised over the past five weeks came from 33 individual donors.