The top 10 Wisconsin candidates raised 35.8% of all donations

In Wisconsin politics, state-level candidates and PACs raised $55.6 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and Mar. 21, 2022. More than $19.9 million or 35.8 percent of all donations was raised by the 10 individuals at the top of the list.

Top 10 Wisconsin candidates (1/1/2021 – 3/21/2022)

Here are the 10 Wisconsin candidates who have raised the most money so far in the 2022 election cycle, according to the most recent campaign finance reports filed with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. 

RankCandidate Name Total DonationsTotal Expenditures
1.Tony Evers$10,383,804.02$3,257,857.58
2.Rebecca Kleefisch$3,380,231.15$979,478.05
3.Jeff Davis$1,743,823.39$1,146,602.21
4.Jill Underly$1,503,583.08$1,510,685.35
5.Josh Kaul$1,093,446.17$257,083.56
6.Lori Kornblum$523,974.28$189,956.84
7.Ryan Owens$408,327.10$402,556.22
8.Shelley Grogan$381,617.24$364,577.71
9.Patrick Testin$249,413.74$117,388.60
10.Deborah Kerr$239,304.20$265,152.70

Donations to top candidates in 10 states during the 2022 election cycle

Among state-level candidates and officeholders, fundraising varies widely. A number of factors, including state-specific campaign finance regulations, influence how donor activity varies across states. Here is how donations to the top 10 Wisconsin candidates compare to nine other states with data available from Transparency USA for the 2022 election cycle:

Comparison of donations to top 10 candidates, by state

RankStateDonations to Top 10 CandidatesTotal DonationsReporting Period
1Florida$110,704,048.67$532,230,957.551/1/2021 – 2/28/2022
2Texas$105,345,995.42$375,309,268.771/1/2021 – 2/19/2022
3Pennsylvania$34,501,470.61$343,783,026.521/1/2021 – 3/09/2022
4Michigan$25,358,422.95$89,192,492.111/1/2021 – 12/31/2021
5Ohio$24,752,903.97$79,210,717.621/1/2021 – 4/13/2022
6Arizona$22,291,313.55$72,806,908.751/1/2021 – 12/31/2021
7Wisconsin$19,907,524.3755,603,885.141/1/2021 – 3/21/2022
8North Carolina$8,927,365.01$39,859,339.461/1/2021 – 12/31/2021
9Indiana$7,661,472.0249,459,363.581/1/2021 – 4/8/2022
10Minnesota$5,201,704.60$36,935,152.761/1/2021 – 12/31/2021

In some states, officeholders may accept donations to their campaign accounts when they are not up for election. Any reported donations by those officeholders are included in candidate donation numbers.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Wisconsin candidate 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.




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