Democrats Ahead on Campaign Donations
State Democratic Party raised nine times more than state Republican Party in 2020.
The state Democratic Party raised nearly $4.7 million during the first three months of 2020, about nine times more than the $513,000 raised by the state Republican Party, thanks to a handful of tony contributors.
Much of the Democratic Party’s haul came from about 30 individuals and political action committees who gave between $10,000 and $1.8 million each.
Topping the list of state Democratic Party contributors was Dr. Karla Jurvetson, a Los Altos, Calif. physician, who contributed $1.8 million via two $900,000 contributions in February and March. Her only previous state political contribution was $1,000 to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in November 2018.
Jurvetson has backed or worked for numerous Democratic candidates, including former president Barack Obama in 2008 and presidential candidates Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Elizabeth Warren in 2020. Earlier this year, Jurvetson gave $14.6 million to Persist PAC, a super PAC that backed Warren’s presidential campaign.
Jurvetson contributed $6.9 million during the 2018 mid-terms, including $5.4 million to Women Vote!, a PAC run by Emily List, a Washington, D.C. organization that backs female candidates for state and federal offices nationwide. Jurvetson was one of the top woman political contributors in the U.S. in 2018.
Other top contributors to the Democratic Party were:
George Soros, a New York City businessman, investor and philanthropist, $490,000
Reid Hoffman, of Mountain View, Calif., co-founder of LinkedIn, $250,000
Eric Schmidt, of Palo Alto, Calif., a technology advisor to Google’s parent company, Alphabet, and former Novell and Sun Microsystems executive, $180,000
Robert Price, of La Jolla, Calif., chairman of PriceSmart, $180,000
Robert Rubin, of New York City, former U.S. Treasury secretary and retired bank executive, $100,000
Ronald Conway, of San Francisco, Calif., technology investor and advisor and founder of Angel Investors LP, $65,000
The five top donors to the state Republican Party collectively accounted for 62 percent of the party’s $513,086 in fundraising during the first three months of 2020. They were:
Diane Hendricks, of Beloit, owner of ABC Supply, $100,000
Louis Gentine, of Elkhart Lake, retired owner of Sargento Cheese, $50,000
Stephen Ziegler, of Oconomowoc, owner of Inpro Corp., $25,000