Wisconsin Democratic candidates have spent $1.4 million more than Republicans

In Wisconsin, state-level candidates spent $13.3 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and Mar. 21, 2022. Democratic candidates spent $4.7 million and Republican candidates spent $3.3 million. 

Wisconsin Campaign Finance Snapshot (1/1/2021 – 3/21/2022)

Source: Transparency USA

Top 10 Democratic candidates, by expenditures (1/1/2021 – 3/21/2022)

In the 2022 election cycle, 126 state-level Democrats have filed campaign finance reports with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. Here are the 10 Democratic candidates who have spent the most.

RankDemocratic CandidateTotal Spent
1.Tony Evers$3,257,857.58
2.Josh Kaul$257,083.56
3.Mandela Barnes$191,618.56
4.Melissa Winker$122,730.75
5.Sarah Godlewski$61,703.04
6.Sara Rodriguez$40,318.69
7.Paul Czisny$40,132.00
8.Karl Jaeger$30,376.87
9.Brad Pfaff$26,502.49
10.Louis J Molepske Jr$26,311.32

Top 10 Republican candidates, by expenditures (1/1/2021 – 3/21/2022)

During the same time period, 146 Republicans have filed campaign finance reports with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. These are the 10 Republican candidates with the highest reported expenditures for the 2022 election cycle so far.

RankRepublican CandidateTotal Spent
1.Rebecca Kleefisch$979,478.05
2.Ryan Owens$402,556.22
3.John Jagler$233,087.97
4.Patrick Testin$117,388.60
5.Don Pridemore$81,541.58
6.William Penterman$63,291.49
7.Jonathan Wichmann$60,350.96
8.Elijah Behnke$48,578.11
9.Alberta Darling$43,669.90
10.Eric Toney$43,323.63

In some states, officeholders may make expenditures from their campaign accounts when they are not up for election. Those expenditures are included in candidate campaign finance 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.

About the author

Kalyn Stralow