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Little fundraising reported in Wis. Supreme Court races (UPDATE)

By SCOTT BAUER
Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court reported little fundraising activity in the last two months of 2012 as the campaigns remained largely silent ahead of the April 2 election.

Three candidates are vying for the Supreme Court. All of them were required to file reports Thursday showing how much they had raised and spent through the end of last year.

There will be a Feb. 19 primary to reduce the number of candidates for Supreme Court from three to two.

Incumbent Justice Patience Roggensack typically aligns herself with conservative members of the court. Roggensack is endorsed by the Milwaukee Police Supervisors Organization, the Milwaukee Professional Firefighters Association, the Milwaukee Police Association, and 52 county sheriffs.

Challenger Vince Megna, a Milwaukee lemon law attorney, has declared himself to be a Democrat and called on the other candidates to announce their party affiliation and where they stand on various issues, some of which may come before the court.

Megna lists endorsements from Michael Skwierawski, retired chief judge for Milwaukee County; DeVonna Joy, a lawyer and owner of the Consumer Justice Law Center in Muskego; and Rosemary Shahan, an auto consumer advocate and president of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety which is based in California.

The third candidate, Marquette University law school professor Ed Fallone, has received the backing of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO.

Both Megna and Fallone are running their first races for office, while Roggensack is seeking her second 10-year term on the Supreme Court. The first joint appearance for all three Supreme Court candidates is scheduled for Feb. 7 at the Milwaukee Bar Association.

Roggensack reported raising nearly $39,000 last year and having a little more than $55,000 cash on hand at the beginning of January. Megna reported raising about $10,700, with all but $700 of that coming from a loan Megna made to his campaign. He reported having nearly $7,000 on hand. Fallone reported raising $5,450 and spending just $45 in December.

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