Nineteen Wealthy Contributors Violate Campaign Finance Laws

April 30, 2002

Madison - Nineteen well-heeled contributors to campaigns for state offices violated campaign finance laws in the last half of 2001 by exceeding the annual $10,000 limit on contributions, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

The 19 donors represent more than a threefold increase over the six individuals who exceeded the legal limit on donations in a calendar year during the previous reporting period that covered the first six months of 2001. (Previous report.)

A WDC analysis of records filed at the State Elections Board by the candidates and committees that received the contributions also showed that four contributors continued to donate money to candidates in the last six months of 2001, after WDC publicly identified them last September as having already exceeded the $10,000 limit in the first six months of last year.

A review of campaign committee files revealed no correspondence, amended reports or other indications that the board has taken action against those who violated the $10,000 contribution threshold during the first six months of 2001.

"The number of individuals violating the law tripled in the last half of the year, and that should come as no surprise given the Elections Board’s track record of inaction. The board’s refusal to enforce the law is breeding contempt for it," said WDC executive director Mike McCabe.

The latest batch (see table) of those who exceeded the annual contribution limit made donations ranging from $10,025 to $14,900. Topping the list was Stephen Marcus of Milwaukee, chairman and president of the Marcus Corp. which owns a chain of movie theaters and hotels. Campaign records show Marcus contributed $1,950 in the last half of 2001 on top of the $12,950 in the first six months of 2001.

The others who violated the limit in the first half of the year but continued to make contributions were Milwaukee real estate developer Julilly Kohler who donated $10,500 in the first half of 2001 and $500 in the second half of the year; Menasha homemaker Sandra Mills who contributed $10,625 in the first half of 2001 and $250 in the last half; and Madison auto dealer Ron Thorstad who donated $10,300 in the first half of last year and $250 in the last six months of 2001.

In addition to Marcus and Kohler, seven other contributors substantially exceeded the $10,000 limit - by giving $11,000 or more last year. They were Milwaukee developer Gary Grunau, $12,700; Hayward timber company owner William Johnson, $12,500; John Bowles, a Milwaukee construction company owner, $12,100; Madison liquor distributor Marvin Levy, $11,800; Wisconsin Rapids resident Edith Nash, $11,700; Frank Hastings, president of a Madison construction company, $11,400; and De Pere auto dealer Edwin Van Boxtel, $11,300.

Rounding out the list were Elkhorn construction executive Richard Mann, $10,906; Mills, $10,875; Mequon financial analyst Ted Kellner, $10,850; Milwaukee liquor distributor James Alevizos, $10,650; Thorstad, $10,550; retired Iola publisher Chester Krause, $10,500; Milwaukee resident Lynde Uihlein, $10,350; Racine construction company owner William Cape, $10,150; Miller Brewing executive Patricia McKeithan, $10,025; and Whitewater business executive David Kachel, $10,025.

Copies of the pages from the candidate and committee campaign finance reports that substantiate the contributors’ donations summarized in Table 1 are available from WDC upon request.

CONTRIBUTORS WHO VIOLATED THE ANNUAL
$10,000 CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION LIMIT1 IN 2001

CONTRIBUTOR
LOCATION
OCCUPATION-EMPLOYER
CONTRIBUTION
DATE
CANDIDATE AND PARTY AMOUNT
Stephen Marcus,
River Hills,
Owner of the Marcus Corp.
12/22/01 Rep. Sheldon Wasserman (D) $250
10/30/01 Sen. Peggy Rosenzweig (R) $100
10/1/01 Sen. Margaret Farrow (R) $250
8/16/01 Rep. Scott Walker (R) $100
8/7/01 Sen. Charles Chvala (D) $250
7/11/01 Tom Barrett (D) $1,000
6/25/01 Sen. Brian Burke (D) $250
6/13/01 Rep. Antonio Riley (D) $250
5/31/01 James Doyle (D) $1,000
5/24/01 Sen. Michael Ellis (R) $150
5/7/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $8,250
4/26/01 Rep. Mark Gundrum (R) $150
4/25/01 Rep. Scott Jensen (R) $250
3/27/01 Rep. Steve Foti (R) $250
3/15/01 Rep. Scott Walker (R) $100
3/10/01 Sen. Dave Zien (R) $200
2/20/01 Sen. Gary George (D) $500
2/14/01 Sen. Alberta Darling (R) $250
2/9/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $1,000
1/19/01 Sen. Brian Burke (D) $250
1/16/01 Rep. Mark Gundrum (R) $100
  TOTAL $14,900
 
CONTRIBUTOR
LOCATION
OCCUPATION-EMPLOYER
CONTRIBUTION
DATE
CANDIDATE AND PARTY AMOUNT
Gary Grunau,
Milwaukee,
President of the Grunau Corp.
12/24/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $4,000
12/19/01 Tom Barrett (D) $250
12/19/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $1,000
12/14/01 Sen. Peggy Rosenzweig (R) $100
12/3/01 Sen. Gwendolynn Moore (D) $100

12/3/01

Sen. Gary George (D)

$500

12/1/01 Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee (ADCC) (D) $100
11/19/01 Rep. Scott Jensen (R) $250
11/14//01 Sen. Brian Burke (D) $250
11/12/01 Rep. Scott Walker (R) $200
10/4/01 Sen. Peggy Rosenzweig (R) $100
9/19/01 Sen. Margaret Farrow (R) $100
9/17/01 Rep. Steve Foti (R) $100
8/9/01 Rep. Steve Foti (R) $100
7/16/01 ADCC (D) $100
7/6/01 Sen. Ted Kanavas (R) $100
7/5/01 Rep. Antonio Riley (D) $250
6/3/01 Rep. Antonio Riley (D) $250
5/30/01 Sen. Michael Ellis (R) $100
5/11/01 Sen. Rodney Moen (D) $500
5/3/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $1,000
4/13/01 Sen. Ted Kanavas (R) $100
4/13/01 Rep. Steve Foti (R) $100
4/11/01 Rep. Scott Walker (R) $100
4/10/01 Sen. Gwendolynn Moore (D) $100
3/19/01 Sen. Brian Burke (D) $200
3/17/01 Rep. Scott Walker (R) $100
3/1/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $2,000
2/22/01 Sen. Gary George (D) $300
2/19/01 Sen. Alberta Darling (R) $250
  TOTAL $12,700
 
CONTRIBUTOR
LOCATION
OCCUPATION-EMPLOYER
CONTRIBUTION
DATE
CANDIDATE AND PARTY AMOUNT
William B. Johnson,
Hayward,
President of Johnson Timber Corp.
10/17/01 Sen. Kevin Shibilski (D) $2,500
3/21/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $10,000
  TOTAL $12,500
 
CONTRIBUTOR
LOCATION
OCCUPATION-EMPLOYER
CONTRIBUTION
DATE
CANDIDATE AND PARTY AMOUNT
John Bowles,
Brown Deer,
Owner of Bowles Construction
12/4/01 ADCC (D) $250
12/3/01 Sen. Gary George (D) $4,000
10/11/01 Sen. Gary George (D) $200
6/5/01 Ken Dortzbach (R) $150
3/15/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $7,000
3/8/01 Sen. Gary George (D) $500
  TOTAL $12,100
 
CONTRIBUTOR
LOCATION
OCCUPATION-EMPLOYER
CONTRIBUTION
DATE
CANDIDATE AND PARTY AMOUNT
Marvin Levy,
Madison,
Chief Executive Officer of Phillips Distributing
12/20/01 Sen. Kevin Shibilski (D) $1,000
12/18/01 Kathleen Falk (D) $4,000
11/28/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $400
9/19/01 Kathleen Falk (D) $6,000
9/10/01 Rep. Jeffrey Plale (D) $400
  TOTAL $11,800
 
CONTRIBUTOR
LOCATION
OCCUPATION-EMPLOYER
CONTRIBUTION
DATE
CANDIDATE AND PARTY AMOUNT
Edith Nash,
Wisconsin Rapids,
Retired
11/13/01 Atty. Gen. James Doyle (D) $3,100
10/9/01 Sen. Kevin Shibilski (D) $5,000
6/6/01 Atty. Gen. James Doyle (D) $3,100
5/14/01 Atty. Gen. James Doyle (D) $500
  TOTAL $11,700
 
CONTRIBUTOR
LOCATION
OCCUPATION-EMPLOYER
CONTRIBUTION
DATE
CANDIDATE AND PARTY AMOUNT
Frank Hastings,
Madison,
President of JH Findorff & Son
12/20/01 Kathleen Falk (D) $2,500
5/23/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $5,900
3/15/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $2,000
1/11/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $1,000
  TOTAL $11,400
 
CONTRIBUTOR
LOCATION
OCCUPATION-EMPLOYER
CONTRIBUTION
DATE
CANDIDATE AND PARTY AMOUNT
Edwin A. Van Boxtel,
De Pere,
Owner of Van Boxtel Ford AMC
12/28/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $1,000
10/23/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $500
9/29/01 Rep. Phil Montgomery (R) $200
6/14/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $1,000
6/13/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $500
6/6/01 Rep. Scott Jensen (R) $500
6/5/01 Rep. John Gard (R) $500
6/1/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $500
5/8/01 Linda Cross (DPI Candidate) $1,000
3/25/01 Rep. Stephen Freese (R) $100
3/1/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $5,000
2/15/01 Linda Cross (DPI Candidate) $500
  TOTAL $11,300
 
CONTRIBUTOR
LOCATION
OCCUPATION-EMPLOYER
CONTRIBUTION
DATE
CANDIDATE AND PARTY AMOUNT
Julilly Kohler,
Milwaukee,
President of JWK Real Estate
10/12/01 Sen. Brian Burke (D) $250
9/4/01 Sen. Kimberly Plache (D) $250
6/30/01 Tom Barrett (D) $4,000
4/2/01 Elizabeth Burmaster (DPI Candidate) $5,000
3/29/01 Sen. Brian Burke (D) $250
3/25/01 Rep. Jon Richards (D) $250
2/7/01 Elizabeth Burmaster (DPI Candidate) $1,000
  TOTAL $11,000
 
CONTRIBUTOR
LOCATION
OCCUPATION-EMPLOYER
CONTRIBUTION
DATE
CANDIDATE AND PARTY AMOUNT
Richard Mann,
Elkhorn,
Chief Executive Officer of Mann Brothers Construction
12/31/01 Atty. Gen. James Doyle (D) $500
12/13/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $500
10/8/01 Atty. Gen. James Doyle (D) $500
6/28/01 Sen. Brian Burke (D) $200
6/27/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $500
6/13/01 Rep. Scott Jensen (R) $200
6/6/01 Sen. Judith Robson (D) $100
5/25/01 Rep. John Gard (R) $500
5/9/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $206
5/7/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $1,000
3/16/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $5,000
3/8/01 Sen. Brian Burke (D) $500
2/14/01 Sen. Robert Wirch (D) $200
2/12/01 Sen. Kimberly Plache (D) $250
1/9/01 Sen. Judith Robson (D) $250
1/9/01 Sen. Judith Robson (D) $500
  TOTAL $10,906
 
CONTRIBUTOR
LOCATION
OCCUPATION-EMPLOYER
CONTRIBUTION
DATE
CANDIDATE AND PARTY AMOUNT
Sandra Mills,
Menasha,
Homemaker
12/13/01 Vince Biskupic (R) $250
5/23/01 Rep. Terri McCormick (R) $100*
3/15/01 Linda Cross (DPI Candidate) 500
3/1/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) 10,000
1/29/01 Rep. Terri McCormick (R) $25*
  TOTAL $10,875
 
CONTRIBUTOR
LOCATION
OCCUPATION-EMPLOYER
CONTRIBUTION
DATE
CANDIDATE AND PARTY AMOUNT
Ted Kellner,
Mequon,
Fiduciary Management Inc.
11/20/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $10,000
11/06/01 Sen. Brian Burke (D) $200
6/27/01 Rep. Antonio Riley (D) $250
6/6/01 Rep. Scott Jensen (R) $250
2/1/01 Sen. Alberta Darling (R) $150
  TOTAL $10,850
 
CONTRIBUTOR
LOCATION
OCCUPATION-EMPLOYER
CONTRIBUTION
DATE
CANDIDATE AND PARTY AMOUNT
James Alevizos,
Milwaukee,
President of Capitol-Husting
10/24/01 Sen. Gary George (D) $1,000
10/18/01 Sen. Brian Burke (D) $50
8/15/01 Rep. Mark Pettis (R) $500
8/14/01 Tom Barrett (D) $500
8/9/01 Rep. Gary Bies (R) $500
6/27/01 Rep. Scott Jensen (R) $500
5/29/01 Sen. Kimberly Plache (D) $500
5/24/01 Rep. Don Friske (R) $500
5/8/01 Sen. Brian Burke (D) $2,000
4/23/01 Rep. Tim Hoven (R) $100
3/30/01 Sen. Ted Kanavas (R) $1,000
3/8/01 Sen. Brian Burke (D) $1,000
3/6/01 Sen. Gary George (D) $500
2/12/01 Sen. Kimberly Plache (D) $500
2/3/01 Sen. Russ Decker (D) $1,000
1/26/01 Sen. Judith Robson (D) $500
  TOTAL $10,650
 
CONTRIBUTOR
LOCATION
OCCUPATION-EMPLOYER
CONTRIBUTION
DATE
CANDIDATE AND PARTY AMOUNT
Ronald Thorstad,
Madison,
President of Thorstad Chevrolet
11/30/01 Rep. Steve Freese (R) $50
11/4/01 Rep. Rick Skindrud (R) $200
5/24/01 Sen. James Baumgart (D) $150
5/9/01 Atty. Gen. James Doyle (D) $4,000
3/31/01 Rep. Steve Freese (R) $50
2/2/01 Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D) $100
1/23/01 Atty. Gen. James Doyle (D) $6,000
  TOTAL $10,550
 
CONTRIBUTOR
LOCATION
OCCUPATION-EMPLOYER
CONTRIBUTION
DATE
CANDIDATE AND PARTY AMOUNT
Chester Krause,
Iola,
Retired publisher of Krause Publications
11/9/01 Sen. Kevin Shibilski (D) $10,000
1/8/01 Linda Cross (DPI Candidate) $500
  TOTAL $10,500
 
CONTRIBUTOR
LOCATION
OCCUPATION-EMPLOYER
CONTRIBUTION
DATE
CANDIDATE AND PARTY AMOUNT
Lynde Uihlein,
Milwaukee,
Homemaker
12/21/01 Sen. Kimberly Plache (D) $500
12/21/01 Peggy Lautenschlager (D) $350
11/23/01 Sen. Judith Robson (D) $500
6/8/01 Atty. Gen. James Doyle (D) $2,000
6/8/01 Jennifer Valenti (D) $500
3/28/01 Elizabeth Burmaster (DPI Candidate) $4,000
2/1/01 ADCC (D) $1,500
1/23/01 Elizabeth Burmaster (DPI Candidate) $1,000
  TOTAL $10,350
 
CONTRIBUTOR
LOCATION
OCCUPATION-EMPLOYER
CONTRIBUTION
DATE
CANDIDATE AND PARTY AMOUNT
William Cape,
Racine,
President of James Cape & Sons
10/23/01 Rep. James Kreuser (D) $150
5/7/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $10,000
  TOTAL $10,150
 
CONTRIBUTOR
LOCATION
OCCUPATION-EMPLOYER
CONTRIBUTION
DATE
CANDIDATE AND PARTY AMOUNT
Patricia McKeithan,
River Hills,
Public Relations VP of Miller Brewing
12/24/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $1,000
12/18/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $800
12/10/01 Republican Assembly Campaign Committee (R) $200
11/12/01 Rep. Scott Walker (R) $50*
11/1/01 Sen. Brian Burke (D) $250
10/31/01 Sen. Gary George (D) $100
10/9/01 Sen. Peggy Rosenzweig (R) $100*
8/23/01 Rep. Scott Walker (R) $50*
7/26/01 Sen. Brian Burke (D) $100
6/14/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $1,000
5/3/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $1,000
4/13/01 Rep. Steve Foti (R) $250
4/12/01 Sen. Roger Breske (D) $100
4/11/01 Rep. Scott Walker (R) $25*
3/15/01 Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R) $1,000
3/1/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $4,000
  TOTAL $10,025
 
CONTRIBUTOR
LOCATION
OCCUPATION-EMPLOYER
CONTRIBUTION
DATE
CANDIDATE AND PARTY AMOUNT
David Kachel,
Whitewater,
President of DLK Enterprises
12/27/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $5,000
12/18/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $1,000
11/28/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $500
11/21/01 Sen. Joanne Huelsman (R) $100
7/18/01 Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald (R) $50
7/10/01 Sen. Dale Schultz (R) $100
6/25/01 Rep. Scott Jensen (R) $125
6/14/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $500
6/13/01 Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald (R) $50
4/23/01 Rep. Tim Hoven (R) $250
3/28/01 Linda Cross (DPI Candidate) $100
3/15/01 Linda Cross (DPI Candidate) $200
3/10/01 Sen. Dave Zien (R) $50*
3/1/01 Gov. Scott McCallum (R) $2,000
  TOTAL $10,025

1 Figures and totals are based on 2001 campaign finance reports filed by the candidates with the State Elections Board.

* Figure represents the contributor’s share of a joint contribution. It has been the Elections Board’s practice to evenly split joint contributions between spouses to determine an individual’s total contributions.