$3.3 million raised in the race for Wisconsin attorney general

The general election for the attorney general of Wisconsin will take place on November 8, 2022. In total, candidates running for Wisconsin attorney general have raised $3,383,024 and spent $1,409,426 between Jan. 1, 2021, and July 25, 2022. Primary elections took place on August 9, 2022.

Here’s the breakdown for the two candidates who are still in the running:

Active Attorney General Candidates’ Campaign Finance, 1/1/2021-7/25/2022

CandidatePartyContributionsExpendituresElection Stage
Josh Kaul (Incumbent)Democratic$2,507,512.39$686,078.55General
Eric ToneyRepublican$197,108.45$161,065.14General

The remaining $449,153 raised in the race for Wisconsin attorney general went to three candidates who did not advance to the general election or who withdrew from the race.

Total fundraising in eight attorney general races in the 2022 election cycle

A number of factors, including whether an incumbent officeholder is running for re-election and number of candidates in a race, can influence donor activity. Here is how total fundraising by all candidates for Wisconsin attorney general compares to the seven other attorney general races with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA for the 2022 election cycle:

RankStateTotal DonationsTotal CandidatesActive CandidatesAvailable Reporting Period
1Texas$30,761,1141131/1/2021 – 6/30/2022
2California$15,136,669.34521/1/2021 – 6/30/2022
3Arizona$9,199,0571331/1/2021 – 6/30/2022
4Florida$7,141,500421/1/2021 – 6/30/2022
5Michigan$5,276,457.07641/1/2021 – 8/22/2022
6Wisconsin$3,763,143621/1/2021 – 7/25/2022
7Minnesota$2,907,519821/1/2021 – 7/18/2022
8Ohio$2,867,606221/1/2021 – 6/30/2022

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.

Name of ReportReporting PeriodDeadline
2022 Jan Semiannual7/1/21 – 12/31/211/18/2022
Spring Pre-Primary1/1/22 – 1/31/222/7/2022
Spring Pre-Election2/1/22 – 3/21/223/28/2022
July Semiannual3/22/22 – 6/30/227/15/2022
Fall Pre-Primary7/1/22 – 7/25/228/1/2022
Sept Data7/26/22 – 8/31/229/27/2022
Fall Pre-General9/1/22 – 10/24/2210/31/2022
2023 Jan Semiannual7/1/22 – 12/31/221/17/2023

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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