Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, left, and her
challenger James Daley speak briefly before a Dane
County Bar Association-sponsored debate at the Madison
Club in Madison, Wis., Tuesday, March 24, 2015.
Wisconsin Supreme Court hopeful James Daley boosted his cash
over the last two months but incumbent Justice Ann Walsh
Bradley still held the overall money edge as their race
entered its final two weeks, according to figures their
campaigns released Monday.
Bradley were expected to file campaign finance reports
covering the period between Feb. 3 and March 23 with state
election officials sometime Monday. It appeared neither side
had filed anything as of mid-afternoon.
campaign, however, reported he raised about $148,500 over
the reporting period and had $214,100 on hand. Previous
reports show Daley raised $65,000 during January and had
about $88,400 on hand as of Feb. 2.
campaign reported raising $380,696 with $281,000 on hand.
Previous reports show she raised about $109,000 in January
and had $352,900 in the bank as of Feb. 2.
election is April 7.
between Daley, a Rock County circuit judge, and Bradley, a
two-term incumbent on the high court, has been fairly
low-key; no matter who wins, it won't change the high
court's ideological tilt. Four of the current seven justices
lean conservative, with Bradley and Chief Justice Shirley
Abrahamson generally seen as the liberal minority.
Court justices are officially nonpartisan but Daley and
Bradley have spent most of the race trying to brand each
other as too political.
accused Daley of openly courting Republican support, keying
on his decision to accept a $7,000 in-kind contribution from
the state GOP and his appearances at a number of
county-level Republican Party functions. Daley has labeled
Bradley an activist. He's taken her to task for dissenting
in decisions upholding Republican Gov. Scott Walker's
signature law that ended collective bargaining for most
public workers and the state's Republican-authored voter
photo identification law.
launched two television ads so far. Daley has yet to run