In Wisconsin, a handful of state-level offices were up for election in April 2021. Most prominent among them were the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction and the special election for State Senate District 13. Contributors combined to donate nearly $9 million to candidates, PACs and causes ahead of the spring elections, and these are the donors leading the way.
Dr. Elise Lawson is a colon and rectal surgeon based in Madison, Wisconsin. The current top contributor in the state for this election cycle, Lawson’s sole contribution went in the amount of $960,000 to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
Reid Hoffman is a prominent Democrat fundraiser and founder of LinkedIn, the business-centered social networking platform. Hoffman’s lone contribution in Wisconsin for this election cycle went in the amount of $490,000 to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
Jeffrey Davis is a district judge who is currently serving on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals for a term set to expire at the end of July 2021. His single contribution for this election cycle, in the amount of $400,000, went to his own campaign.
Jurvetson is a psychiatrist and Democrat mega-donor who has been a major contributor to numerous Democrats and Democrat-backed causes across the nation. For the 2022 election cycle so far, her top contribution went in the amount of $240,000 to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
Andrew Christenson is the former District Attorney for Fond du Lac County and is the judge-elect for the Fond du Lac County Circuit Court, Branch 3, winning the April election for the seat with 51 percent of the vote. Christenson earns his spot among the state’s top donors for this election cycle so far, contributing $141,699 to his own campaign and $9,190 to Friends of Mike Nieskes.
The federal campaign arm of the International Union of Operating Engineers earns its spot on the list of the top donors in Wisconsin with $150,000 in contributions. According to the IUOE’s website, the group’s mission is “serving and protecting the needs and interests of its members and their families through the collective bargaining process, legislative action and extensive training and skills improvement programs.” The group has made one contribution in Wisconsin so far for this election cycle — $150,000 to the Operating Engineers 139 PAC.
Robert Price is a California businessman and the Chairman of PriceSmart Inc., a company he co-founded with his late father, Sol Price. According to campaign finance reports, Price earns his spot among the state’s top donors for this election cycle, so far, with a contribution of $140,000 to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin – Seg Fund.
The National Association of Realtors describes itself as “America’s largest trade association, representing 1.4 million members, including NAR’s institutes, societies, and councils, involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.” The group takes its place among Wisconsin’s top donors for this election cycle with two contributions — one in the amount of $100,000 to Wisconsin Realtors Political Fund and one in the amount of $29,841 to the Abdc Expenditure Fund.
The Republican State Leadership Committee bills itself as the “largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the nation.” So far, this national Republican group has made two contributions in Wisconsin for this election cycle, with its largest going to Wisconsin’s state-level Republican State Leadership Committee Inc in the amount of $62,170.
Stephen Silberstein served as the first president of Innovative Interfaces Inc., a worldwide supplier of computer software for automation in college and city libraries. According to campaign finance reports, Silberstein rounds out the list of the state’s top donors for this election cycle, contributing $90,000 to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin – Seg Fund.
A complete list of donors in Wisconsin can be found at here or you can search for any donor at this link. All totals included on this list are pre-election data for Wisconsin. The semiannual reports, which are the next look at who is donating ahead of the 2022 elections, will be available in July. Subscribe to get the latest data as soon as it becomes available.