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Report: Tom Barrett's campaign forefited money for election violation

Tom Barrett listens to a supporter at a Schofield campaign appearance
Tom Barrett listens to a supporter at a Schofield campaign appearance

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A new report shows that Tom Barrett's campaign fund forfeited $20,000 for taking too much from special interests in his 2012 recall campaign for governor.

The Milwaukee mayor lost by seven percentage points to Republican Scott Walker. It was Barrett's second straight bid to give the executive branch back to the Democrats.  

State law limited gubernatorial candidates to just over $700,000 after the recall contest had been scheduled.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the Barrett camp received almost $721,000, and political adviser Patrick Guarasci called it, "an error made completely by accident." He blamed the mistake on the intensity of the recall drive against Walker. Guarasci called it a year-long campaign that was waged in a matter of weeks.  

The Journal Sentinel said the settlement was mentioned in a court filing connected with a John Doe probe into alleged illegal campaign activities involving Republicans and outside groups in the recall contests.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)