Wanggaard raises about $157K for recall defense

Published On: Apr 30 2012 02:07:57 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 30 2012 02:05:22 PM CDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State Sen. Van Wanggaard has raised about $157,000 since January in his campaign to survive a recall election in June.

The GOP lawmaker from Racine now has more than $191,000 in cash on hand. That's according to financial documents filed with the state elections board Monday.

Wanggaard is one of four state senators facing a recall for supporting a bill that restricted certain collective-bargaining rights.

Wanggaard is expected to face former state Rep. John Lehman of Racine in the recall election June 5. Lehman first has to defeat Tamra Varebrook, a fake Democrat from Union Grove who is only running to force a Democratic primary.

The candidates' current financial-disclosure reports are due by Monday at midnight. Lehman's report has not yet been filed.