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Wealthy Donors Give Big to GOP Group

Gave $1.7 million in 2017 to Republican Governors Association, a huge donor to Walker.

By - Feb 16th, 2018 01:02 pm
Gov. Scott Walker. Photo from the State of Wisconsin.

Gov. Scott Walker. Photo from the State of Wisconsin.

A handful of Wisconsin donors contributed $1.7 million last year to a group headed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker that raises and spends unlimited amounts of cash from special interests to elect GOP candidates for governor nationwide.

The Wisconsin contributions were made to the Republican Governors Association, based in Washington, D.C. All told, the RGA raised about $56.4 million from individuals, corporations, tribes, unions, and trade groups in 2017, according to reports filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

The association has been among the top special interest electioneering groupsin Wisconsin. It doled out an estimated $18.4 million to help Walker win his 2010 general, 2012 recall, and 2014 reelection.

Last December, the association contributed $86,000 to Walker’s campaign and $12,000 to the state Republican Party. Walker faces reelection to a third four-year term this November.

The top Wisconsin contributors to the group and the amounts they gave in 2017 were:

  • Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, $637,500
  • Shannon 2006 Revocable Trust, of Milwaukee, controlled by Mike and Mary Sue Shannon, $250,000
  • Diane Hendricks, of Beloit, owner of ABC Supply, $200,000
  • Forest County Potawatomi Community, of Crandon, $200,000
  • American Transmission Co., of Waukesha, $150,450
  • Ho-Chunk Nation, Black River Falls, $101,800
  • U.S. Venture, of Appleton, an energy, automotive, and lubricant products distributor, $50,450
  • Johnson Controls, of Milwaukee, $26,350
  • Michael Best Strategies, of Madison, the lobbying and consulting arm of the Michael Best & Friedrich law firm, $25,900
  • Ted Kellner, of Milwaukee, founder of Fiduciary Management, $25,000
  • Robert Hillis, of Milwaukee, president of Direct Supply, $25,000
  • Fabair LLC, of Milwaukee, a private plane service operated by Milwaukee businessman Jere Fabick, $11,606
  • MillerCoors, of Milwaukee, $10,000
  • Milwaukee Police Association, $1,000
Categories: Campaign Cash, Politics

8 thoughts on “Campaign Cash: Wealthy Donors Give Big to GOP Group”

  1. Terry says:

    Career Politician Scott Walker and Wisconsin republicans are bought and paid for folks. These charlatans are so greasy, crooked and conniving. They sold the state out for pennies on the dollar!

    Dump Walker 2018
    Dump all republicans 2018

  2. Jake formerly of the LP says:

    If you needed more proof that Tim Sheehy and the rest of the mediocre regressives at the MMAC didn’t have your best interwsts in mind, look at how they give away over $637K to a Governor who says “You don’t want Wisconsin to be like Milwaukee.”


  3. Terry says:

    Just another greasy day in Career Politician Scott Walker’s high tax, high debt, low wage, no benefits Wississippi…


  4. Terry says:

    Here’s Career Politician Scott Walker chumming it up with another greasy Republican Low Life, Dark Money slime bag, the recently INDICTED Governor of Missouri Eric Greitens!


    Hopefully Walker can join him soon, in jail!

    Dump Walker 2018

  5. dragonkat says:

    tired of walkers, high tax, high debt, low wage, no benefits Wississippi…

    Join us in IL, we got great mass transit, great paying jobs, workers rights, great schools, ( UWM can’t hold a candle to UIC )
    and some of the best shopping in the world

    Join us @ https://www.enjoyillinois.com/

  6. WashCoRepub says:

    Yeeeesssss…. Democrats, heed the call, Illinois beckons!! Join your brethren and kneel on thy altar of soaring taxes and broke government… please!! Why, ’tis a FIBland Democrat paradise… Sing, sing the hale government Union songs of the decades of Daleys and Madigans, as they slowly, achingly drive the state into the fiscal ditch…

  7. dragonkat says:

    @ WashCoRepub

    Chicago is the 3 largest market in the US, is a tourist destination, home to many fortune 500 companies and the best higher ed. in the midwest.

    Winnebago & Champaign Counties are the fastest growing counties in the state, and soon has Bruce Rauner is out-of-office everything will be just fine

    outside of Packers, KKK & Meth, why would anyone visit Wisconsin, especially Washington County,
    which is 9th poorest county in the state, where the avg mean income is $23,000

    Nice try WashCoRepub

  8. WashCoRepub says:

    Ummm… Washington Co., WI is actually the 5th wealthiest county in the state, by per capita income. Median household is $64,434. Those crazy facts, huh?? They get in the way of that great Illinois success story!!

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