Rather than face up to the real lesson of the Wisconsin recall election that brought massive defeat for Democrats they are busy making excuses. They did the same thing in 2010 when they got what Obama called called a "shellacking." A month before the election stories began appearing claiming that the GOP had some unfair advantage in spending. Totally bogus of course but it kept Democrats from realizing what the real issues where which motivated voters.
Ditto in Wisconsin. The voters liked Scott Walker's reforms and were turned off by union thuggery and the doom and gloom scenario painted by Democrats. Whining about a money disadvantage in Wisconsin will not help Democrats as they prepare for November. Besides that it's a lie.
In the Governor's recall election Walker (R) did raise more direct money than Barrett. But the overall level of spending was nearly the same. Richard Baehr at American Thinker has the details which includes this chart from the MacIver Institute showing all the connections between liberal groups and the recall campaign:
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Returning for a moment to 2010, the Wall Street Journal had the following chart and accompanying story showing all independent expenditures in 2010 midterm elections. Big Labor unions were three of the top five biggest campaign spenders in 2010.
As an aside, we never heard Democrats complain about fairness when Obama broke his pledge to stay within the public financing of campaigns and outspent McCain by more than 3 to 1.
When Democrats complain that independent expenditures on behalf of Republicans is unfair, what they really mean is that they cannot compete and win on a level playing field. Unions have been able to use mandatory dues to support the Democrat party for decades and now that advantage has been nullified. Too bad for them!