Walker’s State Fundraising Committee Raises $5.9 Million in First Half of 2015

July 21, 2015

The state fundraising committee Republican Gov. Scott Walker uses to raise money to run for governor reported raising $5.9 million and spending about $5.7 million during the first six months of 2015.

A fundraising report filed Monday with the Government Accountability Board showed Walker accepted nearly $5.6 million in individual contributions between January and June 2015. The fundraising committee, Friends of Scott Walker, also received $237,000 in political action committee (PAC) contributions and more than $94,000 in interest and refunds.

The amount raised by Friends of Scott Walker is separate from two other federal committees created earlier this year to support Walker's run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. Walker formally entered the 2016 presidential race last week. The money raised by Friends of Scott Walker cannot be used in a federal race.  The two federal fundraising committees - Our American Revival and Unintimidated PAC - say they have raised more than $26 million to support Walker's presidential bid. Reports that detail fundraising and spending by the two federal committees have yet to be filed. 

Here are highlights from a preliminary review of Walker’s latest state campaign finance report:

  • Seventeen individuals contributed $10,000 or more to Walker (see Table).
  • Twenty-five PACs, representing banking, manufacturing, health care, insurance, and other powerful special interests contributed a total of $237,000 to the governor, led by three PACs that contributed $30,000 each: Volunteers for Agriculture PAC, which is controlled by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation; Anthem PAC, which is controlled by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a health insurer; and the Wisconsin Pipe Trades Association PAC, which is controlled by a labor union;
  • Thirty-eight contributions, totaling $103,105, were returned to the contributor. Campaign finance reports do not have to list a reason for returning contributions.

Fourteen of the 17 contributors who gave Walker $10,000 or more listed addresses in California, Florida, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Colorado. Only three $10,000 contributors listed Wisconsin addresses.

Two contributors appeared to exceed the $10,000 individual contribution limit. Rita Stilin, of High Bridge, Wis., gave Walker three contributions totaling $14,000, and the campaign returned $4,000 to her.  Another contributor, Dick Randall, a Cupertino, Calif. retiree, gave the governor three contributions totaling $12,200.  None of those contributions were returned, according to Walker's report. 

The campaign also returned one $10,000 contribution by Henderson, Nev., homemaker Carol Troesh.

Top Walker Donors January through June 2015

Contributor City Occupation/Employer Total
Stilin, Rita J. High Bridge, WI North Country Lumber $14,000
Randall, Dick J. Cupertino, CA Retired $12,200
Evenstad, Grace Naples, FL Self-Employed Consultant $10,000
Flatley, John Milton, MA Management $10,000
Flynn, Gerald I. Los Angeles, CA Tci Leasing $10,000
Golub, Harvey Palm Beach Gardens, FL Retired $10,000
Heidegger, Klaus Chatsworth, CA Monarch Inc. $10,000
Holden, Glen A. Los Angeles, CA The Holden Co. $10,000
Horowitz, David Laguna Niguel, CA Horowitz Group $10,000
Laufer, Wayne Sanibel, FL Retired $10,000
Marcil, Gerald Palos Verdes Estates, CA Palos Verdes Investments Inc $10,000
Reiman, Roberta Milwaukee, WI Retired $10,000
Reiman, Roy J. Greendale, WI Retired $10,000
Richardson, Curtis Fort Collins, CO Blue Ocean Ent./Otter Box $10,000
Troesh, Carol Henderson, NV Homemaker $10,000
Troesh, Dennis Henderson, NV Retired $10,000
Williams, Edgar H H. Clearwater, FL Legacy Capital Group Inc. $10,000