State GOP gave Screnock more than half the $231,861 he raised in pre-primary period for Supreme Court bid

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Supreme Court candidate Michael Screnock raised $231,861 over the first five weeks of the year, with more than half of that coming from the Republican Party of Wisconsin through in-kind donations, according to his report filed with the state Ethics Commission.

The state GOP contributed $76,757 for digital ads, $28,336 for mailing services and $5,866 for staff between Jan. 1 and Feb. 5.

That does not include the $31,125 the state GOP gave the Sauk County judge’s campaign after the pre-primary period last week, meaning the party’s investment totals at least $142,084.

The state GOP has been active in Supreme Court races before and was the largest donor to Justice Rebecca Bradley’s campaign in 2016 with almost $69,176 in contributions for the entire race. The party has doubled that for Screnock more than a week before the Feb. 20 primary.

During the pre-primary period, which covered Jan. 1 through Monday, Screnock spent $200,794 and had $90,212 left in the bank. The in-kind donations from the state GOP also count toward Screnock’s spending totals.

He also listed $7,507 in outstanding obligations.

By comparison, Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet raised $91,746 in the pre-primary period, while Middleton attorney Tim Burns pulled in $79,041. Neither listed donations from a political party.

Dallet spent $243,246 over the period, and logged $237,090 cash on hand. She reported $281,000 in outstanding loans.

Her campaign said Dallet did not put any of her own money into the campaign during the period. Dallet previously reported that she gave her campaign a $200,000 loan on June 29, after launching her campaign at the beginning of that month.

Burns reported spending $60,337, ending the period with $125,937 cash on hand.

See more details of candidates fundraising and spending at the Election Blog.

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