Walker says money totals validate his campaign

July 20, 2009 8:45:35 AM PDT
Republican Scott Walker says raising $1.1 million in the first six months of this year shows that his campaign for governor "is for real." Reports filed Monday show Walker out-raised incumbent Gov. Jim Doyle by $200,000.

Walker says his strong fundraising should remove any doubts from those who wondered whether he could raise the money needed to mount a successful campaign. Concerns over his fundraising ability led to his dropping out of the governor's race in 2006.

Doyle campaign spokesman Mike Edmondson says he believes the governor is in a "very competitive" position. But he says Doyle has been focused on his job as governor, not raising campaign money.

Doyle has $2 million cash on hand and Walker has $1.1 million.