MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Organizers of the effort to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker from office say they have collected 300,000 signatures, more than half of what is needed to force an election.
The United Wisconsin coalition reported the totals on Monday, just 12 days into the recall effort. They need 540,208 by Jan. 17 to force a recall election sometime in 2012.
The recall drive was motivated by anger over Walker's proposal effectively ending collective bargaining rights for most public workers.
Walker has already released two television ads to counter the recall effort and national conservative group Americans for Prosperity has also hit the airwaves in support.
United Wisconsin says signatures have been collected in all 72 counties.