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Nearly $4M raised during first half of year by Legislative campaigns, committees

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Candidates for the Wisconsin Legislature and the parties' campaign committees have raised record amounts of money for a normal election year.

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign said Thursday that almost $4 million were raised during the first half of the year by Assembly and Senate candidates and the legislative party committees.

Incumbents have brought in $8 to every $1 raised by challengers. Republican hopefuls have brought in about a-third more than Democrats.

The watchdog Democracy Campaign said the total revenues were the most for January through June of an election year -- but they fell short of the $6.8 million raised for 9 Senate recall elections in 2011 and '12.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)