Daley boosts coffers in Wisconsin Supreme Court race

Associated Press

April 1, 2015

Wisconsin 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.

MADISON 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.

Daley and 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.

Daley's 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.

Bradley's 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.

The election is April 7.

The race 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.

Supreme Court justices are officially nonpartisan but Daley and Bradley have spent most of the race trying to brand each other as too political.

Bradley has 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.

Bradley has launched two television ads so far. Daley has yet to run any.