Gov. Tony Evers delivers remarks ahead of vetoing a GOP tax bill at Lincoln Elementary School in Wauwatosa on Feb. 26, 2020. Photo by David Wise.

Tony Evers’ campaign tells WisPolitics.com the guv raised $709,756 during the first half of 2020, a drop off from the more than $1 million he pulled in during the last six months of 2019.

Evers’ campaign says he spent $312,253 during the most recent reporting period and will report nearly $1.7 million in the bank when the guv files his report later today.

The campaign said Evers, who raised $656,763 during the first six months of 2019, has focused his recent fundraising efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic on the state party.

The Dem Party announced yesterday it had raised $10 million during the second quarter. The effort included a call to “save the veto” to prevent Republicans from netting the three seats they need in each legislative chamber to override Evers without attracting Dem votes.

Evers told reporters yesterday that he “made a lot of phone calls at night” to help the party’s fundraising efforts.

“It is important work to do in order for us to have a government that seeks bipartisan solutions to thorny problems. That has been lacking since I became governor,” Evers said.

Comparisons for Evers’ fundraising have been difficult. Contribution limits have doubled since Gov. Jim Doyle served from 2003-11. And Scott Walker had a national fundraising network — thanks to the unsuccessful effort to recall him and his presidential campaign; those helped make him the most prolific fundraiser among state candidates in Wisconsin history.

Still, Doyle raised $903,586 during the first six months of 2009. He announced in August 2009 that he wouldn’t seek reelection in 2010.

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