Walker Continued to Get Majority of Campaign Cash from Outside Wisconsin

February 4, 2015

Contributors from outside Wisconsin continued in 2014 to give Republican Governor Scott Walker more campaign cash than state residents, a trend that began in 2012, according to a Democracy Campaign preliminary review.

Walker’s campaign finance reports for 2014 showed he raised $20.8 million in itemized individual contributions identified with a state and zip code, including $10.8 million, or 52 percent, from out-of-state contributors.

In 2013, Walker collected nearly $8.3 million in individual itemized contributions, including $4.4 million, or 54 percent, from outside Wisconsin.

For the entire 2013-14 election cycle, Walker accepted nearly $29.1 million in itemized contributions, including $15.2 million, or 52 percent, from out-of-state contributors, and $13.9 million, or 48 percent, from Wisconsin givers.

Walker’s latest campaign finance report filed Monday showed he received $10,000 lump sum contributions in late October and early November from 16 out-of-state contributors from as far away as California, Florida, Texas and Connecticut.

Among these $10,000 contributors in late 2014 was Shelley Adelson, a Henderson, Nev., homemaker and daughter of billionaire Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who has contributed $650,000 to the Republican Party of Wisconsin and $260,000 to Walker’s campaign. The other 15 contributors are:

L. De George, Jupiter, Fla.

Melanie Dudgeon, Baltimore, Md.

Weldon Gilbertson, Orono, Minn.

Ray Hunt, Dallas, Texas

Ann Johnson, Palm Beach, Fla.

Andrzej Kolasa, Northbrook, Ill.

Katie McClendon, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Thomas McInerney, Westport, Conn.

Susan Neal, Winnetka, Ill.

Fred Sacher, Capistrano Beach, Calif.

Craig Snider, Bryn Mawr, Penn.

Edward Snider, Gladwyne, Penn.

Robert Steinberg, Greenwich, Conn.

James I. Uihlein, Sarasota, Fla.

James P. Uihlein Sarasota, Fla.

Walker received his highest share of out-of-state versus in-state contributions in 2012 – the year he was targeted for a recall election that drew national attention and millions of dollars from wealthy special interests nationwide. Walker raised $26.2 million in itemized contributions, including $18.4 million, or 70 percent, from out-of-state contributors in 2012 (see Chart below).

A year earlier, he got 55 percent, or $4.7 million in contributions from Wisconsin residents in 2011, but for the 2011-12 election cycle as a whole, the governor raised nearly $22.3 million, or 64 percent, of his $34.7 million in itemized individual contributions from outside Wisconsin.

During his first successful run for governor in the 2009-10 election cycle, Walker received the vast majority of his itemized contributions from Wisconsin residents. Walker received $9.5 million, or 94 percent of his contributions from inside Wisconsin and $610,542 from outside the state.

In-State and Out-of-State Contributons to Republican Governor Scott Walker