MADISON (WSAU) State Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack has at least nine times as much campaign money as each of her two challengers. But it’s not a lot, compared to some races. New state reports show that Roggensack had $55,000 in her campaign fund at the start of the year. Milwaukee attorney Vince Megna had $6,900 in the bank, and Marquette law professor Ed Fallone had $5,400.
Roggensack, who’s running for her second 10-year term, raised $34,000 in the second half of last year. And the Journal Sentinel said over a quarter of it came from groups connected to Republicans.
Megna says he’s a Democrat, and he believes it’s a sham to call Supreme Court races non-partisan. He said the new campaign figures prove that Republicans believe Roggensack will promote their agenda. Roggensack consultant Brandon Scholz disputes that – and he says the campaign would be happy to take money from Democratic groups. Scholz also took issue with the claim that the incumbent’s campaign money would influence her case rulings. As Scholz puts it – “She rules by the law. That’s what her job is as a justice.”
Megna and Fallone are funding most of their campaigns by themselves. Yesterday, former U-S Senate Democrat Russ Feingold issued a fund-raising appeal on Fallone’s behalf. A primary will be held February 19th, which will eliminate one of the three candidates for the April general election.