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Report: Congressmen Kind, Petri get higher than average special interest cash

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Some Wisconsin U.S. House members are getting a lot more of their campaign cash from special interest groups than their colleagues from around the country. 

The Gannett News Service says La Crosse Democrat Ron Kind and Fond du Lac Republican Tom Petri each had more than 70 percent of their donations come from special interests in the first nine months of this year. That's well above the national average of 41 percent. 

Milwaukee Democrat Gwen Moore got 68 percent of her donations from outside interests. Other percentage are 58 for Madison Democrat Mark Pocan, 51 percent for Wausau area Republican Sean Duffy, and 46 percent for Sherwood Republican Reid Ribble. 

House Budget chairman Paul Ryan of Janesville only got 21 percent of his donations from special interests -- but he raised the most money from those groups with just over $600,000.  

Moore represents a city with one of the nation's highest poverty rates, and she says there are not folks back home that can afford campaign checks for her. 

Other Wisconsin House members did not comment.