Check Out NRA Support for Walker, Legislators

February 28, 2018

Wisconsin in the crosshairs

In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas school shooting, it appears GOP Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature will continue to bow to the National Rifle Association (NRA) and rebuff calls to consider tougher gun laws.

In Wisconsin, the NRA has spent more than $4.5 million during the past 20 years on outside electioneering activities to support GOP and conservative legislative and statewide candidates. The bulk of the NRA’s electioneering spending, about $3.5 million, has been to support Walker’s 2010 general, 2012 recall, and 2014 reelection for governor.

In addition to outside electioneering activities, NRA political action committees have directly contributed $94,200 to all legislative and statewide candidates between January 1998 and December 2017. The top recipient was Walker, who received $12,500 in NRA PAC contributions.

The following table shows the NRA’s outside electioneering support and direct contributions to current Wisconsin office holders and legislative campaign committees.

Name Party Office* Direct
Contributions
Outside
Election
Support
Total
Walker, Scott R G $12,500 $3,497,163 $3,509,663
Olsen, Luther R S14 $1,500 $10,772 $12,272
Tiffany, Tom R S12 $2,250 $4,437 $6,687
Darling, Alberta R S08 $3,000 $2,035 $5,035
Cowles, Robert R S02 $0 $4,639 $4,639
Feyen, Dan R S18 $0 $2,824 $2,824
Nerison, Lee A R A96 $1,000 $1,676 $2,676
Krug, Scott S R A72 $1,500 $1,088 $2,588
Kulp, Bob R A69 $0 $2,408 $2,408
Stafsholt, Rob R A29 $1,000 $1,390 $2,390
Moulton, Terry R S23 $500 $1,720 $2,220
Bernier, Kathy R A68 $1,000 $1,149 $2,149
VanderMeer, Nancy Lynn R A70 $500 $1,629 $2,129
Vos, Robin R A63 $1,500 $339 $1,839
Steineke, Jim R A05 $1,750 $0 $1,750
Quinn, Romaine Robert R A75 $1,000 $717 $1,717
Tranel, Travis R A49 $500 $1,216 $1,716
Marklein, Howard R S17 $1,000 $671 $1,671
Petrowski, Jerry R S29 $1,000 $638 $1,638
Zimmerman, Shannon R A30 $0 $1,500 $1,500
Committee to Elect a Republican Senate R S $1,500 $0 $1,500
Kleefisch, Joel R A38 $1,500 $0 $1,500
August, Tyler R A32 $1,500 $0 $1,500
Novak, Todd R A51 $500 $876 $1,376
Tusler, Ron R A03 $0 $1,243 $1,243
LeMahieu, Devin R S09 $500 $666 $1,166
Roth, Roger R S19 $500 $650 $1,150
Wanggaard, Van H R S21 $1,000 $127 $1,127
Kitchens, Joel C R A01 $500 $585 $1,085
Horlacher, Cody R A33 $500 $526 $1,026
Republican Assembly Campaign Committee R A $1,000 $0 $1,000
Kerkman, Samantha R A61 $1,000 $0 $1,000
Jarchow, Adam R A28 $1,000 $0 $1,000
Kooyenga, Dale R A14 $1,000 $0 $1,000
Felzkowski, Mary R A35 $1,000 $0 $1,000
Brooks, Ed R A50 $500 $497 $997
Petryk, Warren R A93 $500 $495 $995
Macco, John R A88 $500 $493 $993
Craig, Dave R A83 $500 $331 $831
Stroebel, Duey R S20 $500 $317 $817
Swearingen, Rob R A34 $800 $0 $800
Mursau, Jeffrey L R A36 $300 $486 $786
Edming, James R A87 $0 $501 $501
Ballweg, Joan R A41 $500 $0 $500
Knodl, Dan R A24 $500 $0 $500
Kremer, Jesse R A59 $500 $0 $500
Jacque, Andre R A02 $500 $0 $500
Spiros, John R A86 $500 $0 $500
Vinehout, Kathleen D S31 $500 $0 $500
Vukmir, Leah R S05 $500 $0 $500
Tauchen, Gary R A06 $300 $0 $300
Fitzgerald, Scott R S13 $0 $277 $277
Nygren, John R A89 $250 $0 $250
Born, Mark L R A39 $200 $0 $200

*“G” means Governor, “S” means Senate District, and “A” means Assembly District