Report: Voucher supporters spent $10M over decade
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new report shows that supporters of the private school voucher program have spent $10 million over the past decade driving their agenda in Wisconsin.
The report released Monday by the government watchdog group the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign says $5 million of that spending happened in the last election cycle.
Gov. Scott Walker got about half of that during his successful defeat of a recall effort in June.
Walker this year is proposing expanding the program beyond Milwaukee and Racine and increasing funding to raise the amount of the individual vouchers families receive to send their children to private school.
The report says spending by voucher supporters included about $7 million for outside electioneering activities, like negative mailings and television ads. About $2.8 million went toward individual campaign contributions.