"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."
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.