MADISON, Wis. — Republican legislators and their fundraising committees finished 2019 with four times as much money in their campaign accounts as their Democratic rivals, according to a review government watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign released Wednesday.
The review found that GOP lawmakers and their two legislative campaign fundraising committees — one for the Senate and one for the Assembly — ended the year with more than $6.3 million combined in the bank. Democratic legislators and their two committees finished with $1.6 million on hand.
The 84 Republican candidates and committees had an average of nearly $75,400 in their accounts. The 52 Democratic candidates and committees had an average of $30,900.
The Republican Assembly Campaign Committee had the highest balance at nearly $1.4 million. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald had $469,100, the most of any legislator. He's running for Congress in November.
Legislators raised a combined $5.67 million over the course of the year. Republicans collected more than $4 million. Democrats amassed $1.64 million.