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Herb Kohl Apparently Didn’t Feel Like Fundraising Last Quarter


Speaking of those potentially competitive Senate races, a shocking financial figure via Baseball Crank

During a three-month stretch in which his home state of Wisconsin was Ground Zero of the national political conversation – with emotions running high over Scott Walker’s battle with the unions, with progressive and union activists pouring money into a previously sleepy judicial election, while on the GOP side Paul Ryan increasing elevated himself to a national figure setting a budget agenda the President is merely following – Senator [Herb] Kohl didn’t report receiving a single political donation. Not a penny, not a dime, not a pfennig. Nobody in the entire state looked at this landscape and thought, “hey, I should show my support to an incumbent Democratic Senator up for re-election next year.”

One has to assume that Kohl isn’t running, and that he’ll clear the field for Russ Feingold to try to recover his old job. (Whether Ryan is interested in that job is another day’s story). If he is running, well, you can see for yourself what enthusiasm he generates.

You figure he would have received at least one donation by accident.

Kohl, of course, is fabulously wealthy (he has a net worth of at least $200 million and owns the Milwaukee Bucks NBA franchise) and can self-fund. But even the wealthiest incumbents usually attempt some fundraising…


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