Well, as of Thursday, that would have been 507,533 beeps.
The required number is 540,208; organizers hope to collect 720,277 if possible, to allow for the fact that some signatures will be thrown out on challenges for various reasons.
Recalls of the four Republican senators now eligible for recall are also "on pace," according to this report
. Each reports having about 10,000 currently, with the needed numbers ranging from 14,958 to 16,742. All the recall efforts still have just under a month left to collect signatures.
The best Walker could come up with to counter the news of the signatures breaking the half-million mark was to announce, proudly, that he'd raised 5.1 million dollars for his recall election, since in his world, dollars from billionaires trump the wishes of his own constituents. Since this is a recall election, individuals are able to donate amounts beyond the usual $10,000 limit, provided all the funds are spent on recall related activities. The Democratic Party has raised about 1.2 million in the same time period.
Almost half (45%) of Walker's donations came from single donations of $1,000 or more. Donations to the Democratic Party for the recall effort average out to about $26.00 per person, according to the latest overall numbers here
Walker has now broken the state campaign finance laws a whopping 1,115 times since 2009, according to this complaint
"Scott Walker has improperly reported well over $500,000 in contributions from inside and outside of Wisconsin," said Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director. "Scott Walker has absolutely no interest in following the campaign finance rules of the state of Wisconsin and we again call for state regulators to address his serial violation of our laws."
According to the statutes, each violation of the reporting laws can result in a fine of up to $500, which in Walker's case could top nearly $557,500.
And a Milwaukee man has been arrested for refusing to cooperate with the ongoing John Doe investigation
looking into Walker's campaign contributions. So I guess we're getting somewhere...?