"If I have a million bucks I might as well give it during the petition process," said Kevin Kennedy, the director and general counsel of the state's Government Accountability Board, which oversees elections in Wisconsin. But even during the election period, outside groups may spend unlimited amounts on advocacy media spots.
Jay Heck, the executive director of the Wisconsin chapter of Common Cause, predicted there will be "an avalanche of national interest" in the recall races.
"Everyone will be in here," he said. "It will be good for the restaurant business."
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.