"Money gets you a long way in campaigns. In fact, a campaign without money is basically a dead campaign," said Tim Dale, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Political Science Instructor.
But recent campaign finance reports show the front runner's campaigns in various stages of life. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's campaign took in just over 831-thousad 500-dollars. Nearly 16-thousand dollars came from committees. Governor Walker's war chest took in just over 13-million-164-thousand dollars. Nearly 558-thousand of that came from committees. More than half of the latest contributions to the state parties has come from out- of- state donors. Dale says that's no surprise.
"If you're the kind of person who favors the policies that Walker has promoted, and actually want those policies to succeed in your state, you would be inclined to support the Walker candidacy," he said.
That has some voters wondering what about smaller donations?
"What's my dollar going to do when someone just gave them a million dollars? They're going to listen to the guy that's given a million dollars," said UWGB student Michael Redmond.
"If you've got money, then they've got more clout and can do more advertising and things like that. And I think it's not necessarily fair," said Ivan Buck of Green Bay.
Dale says that shouldn't deter smaller contributors.
"Campaigns are still interested in these small donors. Because when someone donates money they're far more likely to vote for a candidate than if they don't," he said.