Dan Kelly’s Big Guns
Supreme Court Justice holds fundraiser at shooting gallery the day after Molson Coors shootings.
The Feb. 27 fundraiser at a Waukesha shooting range offered participants three levels of giving that were named after high-powered guns: a $5,000 donation was called the “50 Cal M2HB” level, a reference to a Browning M2 .50-caliber machine gun; a $2,500 donation put contributors at the “25 ACP” level, named for a semi-automatic .25 caliber handgun; and a $1,000 donation was the “10 mm” level, referencing another semi-automatic handgun.
Kelly was endorsed in mid-February by the National Rifle Association, the nation’s largest pro-gun group. So far, the NRA has not contributed to Kelly’s campaign or sponsored electioneering activities in the race.
Between January 1998 and December 2019, the NRA spent more than $5.5 million on outside electioneering activities to support GOP and conservative legislative and statewide candidates. The bulk of the NRA’s electioneering spending, more than $4.4 million, went to support Walker’s 2010 general, 2012 recall, and 2014 and 2018 reelection campaigns.
In addition to outside electioneering activities, NRA political action committees have directly contributed $121,950 to all legislative and statewide candidates between January 1998 and December 2019.
Kelly’s 10 largest individual contributors between July 2018 and Feb. 3, 2020 were:
Diane Hendricks, Beloit, owner of ABC Supply, $20,000,
Kim Hendricks, Janesville, a retired ABC Supply executive, $20,000,
Donald Zietlow, Onalaska, owner of Kwik Trip, $20,000,
Craig Leipold, Racine, owner of the Minnesota Wild hockey team, $11,000.
Kelly, a conservative with Republican backing, was appointed in 2016 to fill a vacancy on the high court by former GOP Gov. Scott Walker. Kelly faces Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky, who is backed by Democrats, in the April 7 spring elections.
Kelly authored a Supreme Court decision in 2017 that prohibited the city of Madison from banning guns on city buses under a state’s concealed carry law.