Anthem is Wisconsin GOP Booster

June 22, 2017

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Logo

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, which just announced it will stop selling health insurance in nearly all Wisconsin marketplaces created by the federal Affordable Care Act, is a big supporter of the Wisconsin GOP.

Anthem executives and employees have been generous campaign contributors to Wisconsin legislative and statewide candidates, doling out a total of $184,805 between January 2010 and December 2016. The vast majority of Anthem individual and political action committee contributions went to Republicans, about $174,815, or 95 percent. The top recipients of Anthem contributions were:

Walker, $92,780

Republican Assembly Campaign Committee, $25,000

Committee to Elect a Republican Senate, $10,500

Former Democratic Sen. Tim Cullen, of Janesville, $4,000

GOP Sen. Leah Vukmir, of Brookfield, $3,300

Cullen served in the Senate after retiring from Blue Cross and Blue Shield as a vice-president.

The top contributors among Anthem employees to Wisconsin candidates between January 2010 and December 2016 were:

Lawrence Schreiber, of Muskego, president and general manager, and his wife, Wendy, $15,350;

Anthony Otters, of Nashotah, a physician, $4,430;

Steve Martenet, of Waukesha, president of specialty products, $3,925.