Wisconsin senate president raises $183,174 this election cycle

According to campaign finance reports filed with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission, Wisconsin State Sen. Roger Roth has raised $183,174 and spent $39,422 between Jan. 1, 2021, and Mar. 31, 2022. Roth currently serves as the president of the state senate.

Roth is a member of the Republican Party and assumed office in 2015. In Wisconsin, the president of the senate is a state senator elected to the role by the members of the chamber.The primary job of a state senate president is to preside over legislative sessions and ensure that members of the chamber abide by procedural rules. Roth’s current term ends in 2023, and he is running for lieutenant governor.

Roth’s reported campaign finance activity, by quarter (2017-2021)

Source: Transparency USA

Contributions to Roth

Of the $183,174 already reported in the 2022 election cycle, $20,000 came from the top 10 donors.

Top Donors to Roth (1/1/2021 – 3/21/2022)

RankTotal AmountDonor NameDonor Type
1.$2,000.00Act Comm/rural ElectrificationENTITY
2.$2,000.00Alberta DarlingENTITY
3.$2,000.00Alex RenardINDIVIDUAL
4.$2,000.00Candy SchaeferINDIVIDUAL
5.$2,000.00Chuck BethINDIVIDUAL
6.$2,000.00Concerned Realtors CommitteeENTITY
7.$2,000.00Robert CowlesENTITY
8.$2,000.00Dan AriensINDIVIDUAL
9.$2,000.00Elizabeth UihleinINDIVIDUAL
10.$2,000.00Errico AuricchioINDIVIDUAL
*Donors are listed alphabetically. Additional donors who gave $2,000 to Roth are on this list.

Expenditures by Roth

Roth reported $39,422 in expenditures, with $33,582 going to the 10 payees topping this list. 

Top Expenditures by Roth (1/1/2021 – 3/21/2022)

RankTotal AmountPayee NamePayee Type
1.$12,993.30Butte Des Morts Country Club IncENTITY
2.$10,665.00Arena CommunicationsENTITY
3.$1,996.00Phoenix PrintingENTITY
5.$1,222.62Matthew HenkelENTITY
6.$1,193.12United States Postal ServiceENTITY
7.$1,000.00Kunesh for AssemblyENTITY
8.$999.30Tripple J Wing and ClayENTITY
9.$880.00Post MasterENTITY

How donations to Roth compare to the equivalent role in other states

A number of factors, including whether the position holder is the lieutenant governor or a state senator, can influence donor activity. Here is how Roth compares to the 10 other senate presidents with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA in 2022:

Across the U.S., 30 senate presidents are members of the Republican Party and 19 are members of the Democratic Party, with one vacancy. The lieutenant governor serves as the president of the senate in 25 states. In other states, the president of the senate is a state senator chosen by the members of the chamber. 

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.