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Opponent's contributions spike after Rivard's rape remark

MADISON (WKOW) -- Campaign finance reports show only eight political contributions to Rep. Roger Rivard (R-Rice Lake) after his controversial comment on rape was widely reported, while his opponent drew dozens.

Reports show total fundraising for Rep. Rivard (R-Rice Lake) after October 10 as $1,820.

Reports show Rivard's opponent, Democrat Stephen Smith, raised more than $11,000 in the same period.

On October 10, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Rivard's remark to another newspaper last year, quoting Rivard, "some girls rape easy," as Rivard related his father's advice years ago on girls and women initially consenting to sex, and then claiming rape.

On October 11, both vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and Gov. Walker withdrew their endorsements of Rivard, and other politicians and organizations followed suit.

Records show the largest contributions to Rivard after that date came from construction firm owner Mark Hoffman, and his wife Amy, who both contributed $500 to Rivard, the largest individual contribution allowed in an assembly race.

Smith's campaign finance records show $3,500 was donated to his effort from other political committees after Rivard's remark was widely publicized.

Records show Smith's contributions included $200 from Barron County District Attorney Angie Beranek on October 12.

Rivard's "some girls rape easy" remark was made as he discussed a teenage boy's criminal charges, in connection with the boy's sexual encounter with a teen girl -- a criminal justice intervention that drew protest from other teens at their high school. Beranek recently defended the prosecution, stating the girl was forced into the sexual encounter.

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