Who Are Donors in Superintendent Race?
Evers backed by unions, Democrats, his opponents by Republicans.
Here are the top contributors since Jan. 1 to the three candidates vying for state school superintendent in next Tuesday’s spring primary. (Top contributors from the previous reporting period can be found here.)
The top two finishers in the primary will move on to the April 4 general election to face off for a four-year term. The incumbent, Tony Evers, was first elected in 2009, and reelected in 2013. Evers faces John Humphries, a former Dodgeville School District administrator, and Lowell Holtz, a former superintendent for the Beloit and Whitnall school districts.
Evers is generally supported by Democrats and Humphries and Holtz are generally backed by Republicans, even though spring elections are officially nonpartisan. Both Holtz and Humphries support the state’s school voucher programs, but Evers believes the voucher programs drain state support from public schools.
Top Contributions to DPI candidate Tony Evers since Jan. 1
American Federation of Teachers Wisconsin PAC, $18,000
WEAC PAC, $18,000
American Federation of Teachers #212 PAC, $10,000
Herb Kohl, of Milwaukee, retired Democratic U.S. senator, $5,000
John C. Miller, of Kohler, retired chairman of Miller St. Nazianz, $5,000
John W. Miller, of Cedarburg, retired president of Miller St. Nazianz, $3,000
Top Contributions to DPI candidate Lowell Holtz since Jan. 1
Dan Hartung, of Madison, owner of Hartung Brothers Fertilizer, $5,000
Dennis Kuester, of Milwaukee, retired M&I Bank chairman, $5,000
Patrick English, of Wauwatosa, president of Fiduciary Management, $4,000
Terrence Wall, of Madison, owner of T. Wall Properties, $2,500
Paul Schierl , of Green Bay, president of the Cornerstone Foundation of NE Wisconsin, $2,500
Eric Hovde, of Madison, owner of Hovde Financial, $2,000
Donald Utschig, of Appleton, retired owner of Limelite Premium Fusion Beverage, $2,000
1st Congressional District Republican Party, $2,000
Top Contributions to DPI candidate John Humphries since Jan. 1
Michael Mahoney, of Mequon, Park Bank chairman, $1,000
Lisa Mauer, of Wauwatosa, owner of Blackhawk Tool Service, $1,000
Grace Gunnlaugsson, of Chenequa, retired, $1,000
Ted Kellner, of Milwaukee, chairman of Fiduciary Management, $1,000
Betty Jo Nelsen, of Oconomowoc, retired GOP legislator, $1,000
LaVonne Zietlow, of Onalaska, owner of Kwik Trip, $1,000
The employer information for these large donors was added by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign because new campaign finance laws effective last year no longer require candidates to make that contributor information available to the public. Previous state law required candidates to identify the employers and occupations of individuals who contributed more than $100 annually. Now, candidates only have to identify a large contributor’s occupation, which usually amounts to meaningless references, such as owner, president, or executive.
To view how much the candidates have raised and spent, as well as the candidates’ top contributors for the entire election cycle, please visit the Campaign 2017 feature on the Democracy Campaign’s website or you can go here for top contributors from the previous reporting period.