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NRA Gives $3.6 Million to Walker, Legislators

Just one Democrat benefits from gun lobby’s generous donations.

By - Oct 5th, 2017 11:10 am
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Colt AR-15 A3 Tactical Carbine. Photo is in the Public Domain.

Colt AR-15 A3 Tactical Carbine. Photo is in the Public Domain.

The mass shooting in Las Vegas has once again propelled the gun control debate to center stage at the federal and state levels where pro-gun advocates have used lobbying and campaign contributions to move their agenda.

In Wisconsin, the National Rifle Association (NRA) spent about $3.6 million between January 2008 and June 2017 on outside electioneering activities and direct contributions to GOP Gov. Scott Walker, 52 legislators, and a legislative campaign committee.

Most of the spending, about $3.5 million, was by the NRA on outside electioneering to help Walker win his 2010 general, 2012 recall and 2014 reelection bids. Walker also received $22,500 in direct campaign contributions from pro-gun interests – the most of any legislative or statewide candidate – between January 2008 and June 2017.

In addition to Walker, current legislators received about $92,400 (see table below) in outside electioneering support and direct campaign contributions from the NRA’s political action committees and corporation, between January 2008 and June 2017. All but $500 went to support GOP legislators.

During much of the same time, Walker and GOP legislators, who took control of state government in January 2011, have approved numerous pro-gun bills led by state’s concealed carry law.

More recently, last month, a state Senate committee recommended passage of a proposal, Senate Bill 169, which would allow adults to carry concealed weapons in Wisconsin without a permit. The measure eliminates the prohibition on carrying firearms into police stations, jails, prisons, and mental health facilities, unless those locations post signs to prohibit weapons on their grounds or in their buildings. The proposal also eliminates the prohibition on carrying guns, bows and crossbows in wildlife refuges, and while operating all-terrain vehicles. The measure would also allow people to carry tasers.

Campaign Contributions and Outside Election Support by Pro-Gun Interests to Current Legislators 2008 – June 2017

Name Party Office* Direct
Contributions
Outside Election
Support
Total
Olsen, Luther R S14 $1,500 $10,772 $12,272
Harsdorf, Sheila R S10 $2,000 $6,231 $8,231
Tiffany, Tom R S12 $2,250 $4,437 $6,687
Darling, Alberta R S08 $3,000 $2,035 $5,035
Cowles, Robert R S02 $0 $4,639 $4,639
Nerison, Lee A R A96 $1,000 $1,676 $2,676
Krug, Scott S R A72 $1,500 $1,088 $2,588
Kulp, Bob R A69 $0 $2,408 $2,408
Ripp, Keith R A42 $500 $1,768 $2,268
Moulton, Terry R S23 $500 $1,720 $2,220
VanderMeer, Nancy Lynn R A70 $500 $1,629 $2,129
Bernier, Kathy R A68 $1,000 $1,075 $2,075
Vos, Robin R A63 $1,500 $339 $1,839
Steineke, Jim R A05 $1,750 $0 $1,750
Quinn, Romaine Robert R A75 $1,000 $717 $1,717
Tranel, Travis R A49 $500 $1,216 $1,716
Marklein, Howard R S17 $1,000 $671 $1,671
Petrowski, Jerry R S29 $1,000 $638 $1,638
Kleefisch, Joel R A38 $1,500 $0 $1,500
August, Tyler R A32 $1,500 $0 $1,500
Novak, Todd R A51 $500 $876 $1,376
LeMahieu, Devin R S09 $500 $666 $1,166
Roth, Roger R S19 $500 $650 $1,150
Lasee, Frank R S01 $500 $644 $1,144
Wanggaard, Van H R S21 $1,000 $127 $1,127
Kitchens, Joel C R A01 $500 $585 $1,085
Horlacher, Cody R A33 $500 $526 $1,026
Republican Assembly
Campaign Committee
R A $1,000 $0 $1,000
Felzkowski, Mary R A35 $1,000 $0 $1,000
Jarchow, Adam R A28 $1,000 $0 $1,000
Kerkman, Samantha R A61 $1,000 $0 $1,000
Kooyenga, Dale R A14 $1,000 $0 $1,000
Stafsholt, Rob R A29 $1,000 $0 $1,000
Brooks, Ed R A50 $500 $497 $997
Petryk, Warren R A93 $500 $495 $995
Macco, John R A88 $500 $493 $993
Craig, Dave R S28 $500 $331 $831
Stroebel, Duey R S20 $500 $317 $817
Swearingen, Rob R A34 $800 $0 $800
Mursau, Jeffrey L R A36 $300 $486 $786
Edming, James R A87 $0 $501 $501
Ballweg, Joan R A41 $500 $0 $500
Jacque, Andre R A02 $500 $0 $500
Spiros, John R A86 $500 $0 $500
Vinehout, Kathleen D S31 $500 $0 $500
Vukmir, Leah R S05 $500 $0 $500
Gannon, Bob R A58 $500 $0 $500
Knodl, Dan R A24 $500 $0 $500
Kremer, Jesse R A59 $500 $0 $500
Tauchen, Gary R A06 $300 $0 $300
Fitzgerald, Scott R S13 $0 $277 $277
Nygren, John R A89 $250 $0 $250
Born, Mark L R A39 $200 $0 $200
TOTALS $41,850 $50,530 $92,380

* “S” means Senate District and “A” means Assembly District

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One thought on “Campaign Cash: NRA Gives $3.6 Million to Walker, Legislators”

  1. Jason Troll says:

    Bump stock enhancement of rifles is new in this country. Stephen Paddocks used them in Las Vegas. Bump stocks were approved by the Obama administration and will most likely banned by the Trump administration. Why did Obama and Company create a weapon that enhances a weapon to a military grade.

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