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Monday, April 18, 2011

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No new Kohl money in first quarter, Johnson pulls in $162,718

U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl raised nothing during the first quarter of 2011 and didn’t put any more of his own money into his warchest, moves likely to fuel speculation on whether he’ll seek re-election next year.

Kohl has previously said he's focused on legislative matters and will make an announcement about his political plans when appropriate.

Still, the wealthy owner of the Milwaukee Bucks can cut a check at a moment’s notice, having already put $1 million of his own money into the campaign at the end of 2010. Dems also continue to say he’s signaled his intention to seek re-election next year; they also note his office has upped its constituent outreach in recent months through emails and press releases.

During the first three months of the year, Kohl listed no contributions and no additional personal contributions. The only receipts he reported was $714 he collected in interest.

His summary sheets show he spent $51,351 during the three-month period and had $953,713 in his account.

Meanwhile, freshman U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson reported raising $162,718 during the three-month period and spent $275,245. He had $82,844 cash on hand.

The Republican businessman put some $8.7 million of his own money into his successful 2010 campaign and continued to list $500,000 in outstanding debts.

Federal law limits how much candidates who self fund can repay themselves, and Johnson’s report shows he repaid himself $230,000 at the end of 2010. Though the $500,000 is listed in continued obligations, his campaign said no decision had been made on whether he'll repay himself any more money.:


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