Campaign finance requirements govern how much money candidates may receive from individuals and organizations, how often they must report those contributions, and how much individuals, organizations, and political entities may contribute to campaigns.
While campaign finance is not the only factor in electoral outcomes, successful fundraising can provide a candidate with advantages during a campaign. Fundraising can also indicate party momentum.
This article lists top fundraisers in the Wisconsin House of Representatives, overall and by party. It is based on campaign finance reports that officeholders in and candidates for the House submitted to the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. It includes activity between Jan. 1, 2022, and June 30, 2022.
Top fundraisers in the Wisconsin House of Representatives by party
The top fundraisers in Wisconsin House of Representatives elections are shown below. Individuals are presented with the office that they are on the ballot for in 2022, if applicable.
In the Democratic Party, the top fundraisers in the most recent semiannual reporting period were:
- Steve Doyle (District 94) – $547,972
- Katrina Shankland (District 71) – $248,451
- Sara Rodriguez – $231,208
- Mark Spreitzer – $51,763
- Dianne Hesselbein – $46,389
In the Republican Party, the top fundraisers in the most recent semiannual reporting period were:
- Timothy Ramthun – $172,628
- Rachael Cabral-Guevara – $125,802
- Amy Loudenbeck – $98,012
- Robin Vos (District 63) – $85,669
- Tyler August (District 32) – $65,508
Overall, Democratic officeholders and candidates raised $1.7 million in this period. Republican officeholders and candidates raised $1.4 million. Combined, all House fundraisers in the Jan. 1, 2022, through June 30, 2022, filing period raised $3.2 million.
The five largest Democratic fundraisers were responsible for 64 percent of all Democratic House fundraising. The five largest Republican fundraisers were responsible for 39 percent of all Republican House fundraising.
The table below provides additional data from the campaign finance reports from the top 10 fundraisers during this period.
|TOP 10 FUNDRAISERS – WISCONSIN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (Jan. 1, 2022, through June 30, 2022)|
|Steve Doyle||Democratic Party||$547,972||$79,925|
|Katrina Shankland||Democratic Party||$248,451||$13,057|
|Sara Rodriguez||Democratic Party||$231,208||$103,867|
|Timothy Ramthun||Republican Party||$172,628||$91,176|
|Rachael Cabral-Guevara||Republican Party||$125,802||$33,466|
|Amy Loudenbeck||Republican Party||$98,012||$81,769|
|Robin Vos||Republican Party||$85,669||$54,469|
|Tyler August||Republican Party||$65,508||$14,464|
|Mark Born||Republican Party||$59,181||$31,863|
|Mark Spreitzer||Democratic Party||$51,763||$10,820|
Campaign finance reporting periods
The data above are based on campaign finance reports that candidate PACs submitted to the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. Candidate PACs represent individuals who have run for state or local office at any point, including past and present officeholders. This article does not include non-candidate PACs. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.
|Report Name||Report Due Date|
|2022 Jan Semiannual||1/18/2022|
|2022 Spring Pre-Primary||2/7/2022|
|2022 Spring Pre-Election||3/28/2022|
|2022 Jul Semiannual||7/15/2022|
|2022 Fall Pre-Primary||8/1/2022|
|2022 Sept Data||9/27/2022|
|2022 Fall Pre-General||10/31/2022|
|2023 Jan Semiannual||1/7/2023|
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.