Kwik Trip Owners Boost Trump, Wisconsin GOP

August 17, 2016

Kwik Trip Gas Station

The owners of the Kwik Trip convenience store chain and the founder of Logistics Health held a $2,700-per person fundraiser Tuesday in La Crosse for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

In addition to supporting the Republican presidential nominee, Kwik Trip owners Don and LaVonne Zietlow, of Onalaska, and Logistics founder Don Weber, of La Crosse, are generous contributors to Wisconsin legislative and statewide candidates.

The Zietlows contributed $73,235 between January 2010 and December 2015 to legislative and statewide candidates, including about $68,000 to Republicans and about $5,000 to Democrats.

The top recipients of the Zietlows campaign contributions were Republican Gov. Scott Walker, about $20,100, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, $17,300, and Dan Kapanke, a former GOP state senator from La Crosse who is running for his old seat this fall, $8,000. The top Democratic recipient of the Zietlows contributions was former Democratic candidate for governor Tom Barrett, who received about $4,200 from the couple.

Overall, the Zietlows and Kwik Trip employees contributed about $212,650 between January 2010 and December 2015 to Wisconsin legislative and statewide candidates, including about $185,000 to Republicans and $27,000 to Democrats. The top recipients of campaign contributions from the Kwik Trip owners and employees were Walker, about $50,435; former GOP candidate for governor Mark Neumann, about $22,125; Kleefisch, $20,150; Kapanke, $15,650; and Barrett, about $12,680.

Logistics Health founder Don Weber, his wife, Roxanne, and their son, Nick, contributed about $59,000 to Wisconsin legislative and statewide candidates between January 2010 and December 2015. All of their contributions went to Republicans. The top recipients of campaign cash from the Webers were Walker, $32,500; Kleefisch, $12,500; and Julian Bradley, a 2014 GOP candidate for secretary of state who is running for a La Crosse-area Assembly seat this fall, $5,000.

Don Weber also contributed $90,000 in 2015 to one of Walker’s presidential support committees, Unintimidated PAC.

Overall, the Webers and Logistics Health employees contributed about $62,500 between January 2010 and December 2015 to Wisconsin legislative and statewide candidates, including about $62,000 to Republicans and about $300 to Democrats. The top recipients of campaign contributions from Logistics Health owners and employees were Walker, $32,750; Kleefisch, $12,750; and Bradley, $5,000.