Wisconsin Gov. Evers receives $10.4 million, with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin as top donor

In Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers is the number one fundraiser in state politics in the 2022 election cycle so far. According to the most recent campaign finance reports made to the Wisconsin Ethics Commission, the governor received $10,383,804 in total contributions and spent $3,257,858 between January 1, 2021 and January 31, 2022. He is running for re-election in 2022.

Gov. Evers is a member of the Democratic Party and first assumed office in 2019.

Gov. Evers’ reported campaign finance activity, by quarter (2017-2021)

Source: Transparency USA

Contributions to Gov. Evers

Of the $10.4 million already reported in the 2022 election cycle, 27.9 percent came from the top 10 donors.

Top Donors to Gov. Evers (1/1/2021 – 1/31/2022)

RankTotal AmountDonor NameDonor Type
1.$2,248,206Democratic Party of Wisconsin – Seg FundEntity
2.$86,000American Federation of Teachers Cope FederalEntity
3.$86,000Democratic Governors Association FederalEntity
4.$86,000Engineers Political Education CommitteeEntity
5.$86,000Liuna PACEntity
6.$86,000SEIU COPE – FederalEntity
7.$64,500Democrat Republican Independent Voter Education DRIVE FederalEntity
8.$56,000Wisconsin Carpenters PACEntity
9.$51,000Ibew FederalEntity
10.$48,500WI Laborers District CouncilEntity

Expenditures by Gov. Evers

On the expenditures side, Gov. Evers reported $3.3 million, with 63.5 percent of all spending going to the 10 payees topping the list. 

Top Expenditures by Gov. Evers (1/1/2021 – 1/31/2022)

RankTotal AmountPayee NamePayee Type
1.$427,791Cleansweep CampaignsEntity
2.$330,089ADP IncEntity
3.$288,206Democratic Party of Wisconsin – Seg FundEntity
4.$214,000Path to Victory LLCEntity
5.$202,184New Blue Interactive LLCEntity
6.$165,692Actblue WisconsinEntity
8.$114,177New TerriEntity
9.$101,034Cassi FeniliEntity
10.$84,204Mitchel WallaceEntity

How Gov. Evers’ fundraising compares to other governors

Among elected officials holding the same level of state office, fundraising varies widely. A number of factors, including whether an incumbent officeholder is running for reelection, influence donor activity. Here is how fundraising by Wisconsin Gov. Evers compares to the 10 other governors with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA in 2022:

Fundraising reported by 11 U.S. governors in the 2022 election cycle

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Wisconsin PACs submitted to the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Report NameReport Due Date
2022 Jan Semiannual1/18/2022
2022 Spring Pre-Primary2/7/2022
2022 Spring Pre-Election3/28/2022
2022 Jul Semiannual7/15/2022
2022 Fall Pre-Primary8/1/2022
2022 Sept Data9/27/2022
2022 Fall Pre-General10/31/2022
2023 Jan Semiannual1/7/2023

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.