As other Republican senators up for re-election in 2016 are boasting million dollar war chests, Senator Ron Johnson is posting dismal fundraising numbers, the latest sign that voters and funders alike are slow to support the Wisconsin Republican who is thought to be the most vulnerable senator heading into the next election.
As of December 31, 2014, the end of most recent FEC fundraising period, Johnson had just $606,000 cash on hand. In an interview with Roll Call earlier this month, Johnson blamed the political climate in Wisconsin for his underwhelming fundraising numbers; however, fellow Wisconsin Republicans Rep. Sean Duffy and Rep. Reid Ribble posted higher cash on hand totals than Johnson, at $674,000 and $803,000 respectively.
The same finance report also shows legal expenses of more than $40,000 for Johnson's frivolous ObamaCare lawsuit that alleges the senator's reputation was harmed because of the healthcare law that has expanded health insurance to millions of Americans.
"If Ron Johnson is going to keep spending his money on ridiculous lawsuits that waste taxpayer time and money, he might actually have to make an investment of his own if he wants to run for re-election, because it doesn't look like too many others are lining up to fund his campaign," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Tuesday. "The lack of institutional and grassroots support for Johnson's campaign only confirms his status as the must vulnerable member of the Senate."