AG Candidates Raise Nearly $1.3M in First Half of 2018

July 19, 2018

Incumbent GOP Attorney General Brad Schimel and his Democratic challenger, Joshua Kaul, raised a total of nearly $1.3 million in the first half of 2018.

Campaign finance reports filed by the candidates earlier this week showed Schimel raised about $671,100 and spent about $143,300 during the first six months of the year. His campaign had a cash balance of more than $1 million on June 30.

Kaul raised about $590,600 and spent about $196,700 during the first six months of the year. He had about $679,400 in his campaign account on June 30.

A preliminary review of Schimel’s fundraising and spending report showed that his top political action committee (PAC) and individual contributors between January and June were:

Republican Attorneys General Association, Washington, D.C. - $44,000

Wisconsin Realtors Association PAC, Madison - $21,000

Richard Holson III, of Lake Forest, IL., chairman and president of Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Co. - $20,000

Diane Hendricks, of Beloit, owner of ABC Supply - $19,500

Richard Uihlein, of Lake Forest, IL, owner of Uline - $15,000

Koch Industries PAC, Washington, D.C. - $10,000

A preliminary review of Kaul’s fundraising and spending report showed that his top PAC and individual contributors between January and June were:

Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) PAC, of Madison - $44,000

Democratic Attorneys General Association, of Washington, D.C. - $24,815

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, of Milwaukee - $20,000

Tom Steyer, of San Francisco, founder of Farallon Capital and NextGen Climate, and his wife, Kathryn Taylor, chief executive officer of Beneficial State Bank - $20,000

Richard Ross, of Scottsdale, Ariz., home builder - $10,000

Frank E. Burgess, of Madison, financial advisor at Madison Investment Advisors, $10,000