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Report: Special interests outspent candidates in spring election

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Special interest groups spent more money than the candidates did in this year’s elections for State Supreme Court and state public school Superintendent.

That’s what the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign reported Thursday.

The watchdog group said outside interests spent a total of $1.8 million on the two races, while the candidates themselves spent $1.5 million.

Incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack won her second 10-year term over Marquette law professor Ed Fallone, in a race which followed conservative and liberal lines – just like other Supreme Court contests in recent years.

Backed mainly by conservatives, Roggensack and her supports spent $1.7 million to Fallone’s $488,000.

A few months later, a State Bar committee recommended that Supreme Court justices be elected to only one 16-year term. The panel said it would at least diminish the perceived influence of special interests in the justice system.

In the Superintendent’s race, the Democracy Campaign said incumbent Tony Evers and his supporters spent $842,000, to $202,000 for Assembly Republican Don Pridemore.