Walker Got $1 in $3 from Individuals Outside Wisconsin in 2017

January 26, 2018

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About $1 of every $3 in individual contributions raised in 2017 by Republican Gov. Scott Walker came from outside the state, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review found.

Walker’s latest campaign finance report filed with the state by his campaign committee, Friends of Scott Walker, showed he raised nearly $7.2 million, including nearly $6.6 million from individual contributors. About $4.2 million – or 64 percent – came from Wisconsin donors and nearly $2.4 million – or 36 percent – came from individuals outside the state.

Looking back further than 2017, Walker raised even more from out-of-state individuals. Since the start of Walker’s second four-year term in January 2015, through December 2017, Walker raised more than $13.9 million in individual contributions. About $8.1 million – or 58 percent – came from out-of-state donors and about $5.8 million – or 42 percent – came from Wisconsin contributors.

Walker, who was first elected in 2010, started to receive millions of dollars in out-of-state contributions after his successful effort to slash public employee collective bargaining rights.

The governor’s most recent top out-of-state contributors, who each gave him the maximum $20,000 individual contribution during the last six months of 2017, were:

Walter W. Buckley, of Bethlehem, Penn., a financial adviser at Buckley Muething Capital Management;

Richard Colburn, of Northbrook, Ill., an executive at Payroll & Insurance Group Inc.;

Brian Follett, of Austin, Tex., founder of the pro-life Heroic Media Organization and Majella Society;

Edward Levy, of Birmingham, Mich., an executive with the Edward C. Levy Co., a construction materials supplier;

Barry MacLean, of Mundelein, Ill., president of MacLean-Fogg Co., an automotive and utility products manufacturer;

H.R. Perot, of Dallas, Tex., chairman of the Perot Cos.;

Timothy J. Roberts, Chicago, Ill., owner of Catalyst Exhibits, a designer and builder of trade show booths;

Diane Smith, of Boca Raton, Fla., vice president of the Thomas W. Smith Foundation.