Political Profile for Wisconsin

Limits to Campaign Contributions

Statewide candidates are limited to accepting up to $20,000 per individual donor, per election cycle. Candidates for State Senator are limited to accepting $2,000 per individual donor, per election cycle. State Assembly Representative candidates are limited to accepting $1,000 per individual donor, per election cycle.

Candidates for Governor are limited to accepting $86,000 per political action committee (PAC), per election cycle. Candidates for Lieutenant Governor are limited to accepting $26,000 per PAC, per election cycle, while candidates for Attorney General are limited to accepting $44,000 per PAC, per election cycle. Candidates for other statewide offices are limited to accepting $18,000 per PAC, per election cycle. Candidates for State Senator are limited to accepting $2,000 per PAC, per election cycle. State Assembly Representative candidates are limited to accepting $1,000 per PAC, per election cycle.

Candidates may accept unlimited contributions from state political party committees per election cycle.

Candidates may make unlimited contributions to their own campaigns.

Candidates may not accept contributions from a super PAC, corporation, or union.

Primary Election Date and 2020 Filing Deadlines

Candidates are required to file detailed reports on their campaign donations and expenditures.  Transparency USA provides accurate, searchable data within days of its release by the Wisconsin Ethics Commission.

July 15, 2020 – Semiannual Reports

August 3, 2020 – Pre-Primary Reports

August 11, 2020 – Primary Elections

September 22, 2020 – Post-Primary Reports

October 26, 2020 – Pre-General Reports

January 15, 2021 – Semiannual Reports

Wisconsin Statewide Office Holders 

Wisconsin statewide office holders serve four-year terms and are up for reelection in non-presidential election years.

The Wisconsin Legislature 

The Wisconsin legislature meets in January of every odd-numbered year for a two-year session.

Wisconsin Assembly Members serve two-year terms. 

Wisconsin State Senators serve four-year terms.

Term Limits

Wisconsin has no limit on the number of terms a legislator or statewide official may serve.