Wisconsin Gov. Evers receives $26.1 million, with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin as top donor

In Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers is the number one fundraiser in state politics in the 2022 election cycle so far. According to campaign finance reports made to the Wisconsin Ethics Commission, the governor received $26,110,543 in total contributions and spent $23,324,064 between January 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022. Evers is running for re-election in 2022.

Gov. Evers is a member of the Democratic Party and first assumed office in 2019.

Contributions to Gov. Evers

Of the $26.1 million already reported in the 2022 election cycle, 34.9 percent came from the top 10 donors.

Top Donors to Gov. Evers (1/1/2021 – 8/31/2022)

RankTotal AmountDonor NameDonor Type
1.$8,341,869.43Democratic Party of Wisconsin – Seg FundENTITY
2.$86,000.00American Federation of Teachers Cope FederalENTITY
3.$86,000.00Democratic Governors Association FederalENTITY
4.$86,000.00Engineers Political Education CommitteeENTITY
5.$86,000.00Liuna PACENTITY
6.$86,000.00National Democratic Redistricting PAC FederalENTITY
7.$86,000.00SEIU COPE – FederalENTITY
8.$86,000.00Service and Hospitality Workers Union PACENTITY
9.$86,000.00Ua Union Plumbers & Pipefitters Vote! PACENTITY
10.$83,500.00American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees AFSCME FederalENTITY

Expenditures by Gov. Evers

On the expenditures side, Gov. Evers reported $23.3 million, with 24.7 percent of all spending going to the 10 payees topping the list. 

Top Expenditures by Gov. Evers (1/1/2021 – 8/8/2022)

RankTotal AmountPayee NamePayee Type
1.$14,242,860.36Strother Nuckels StrategiesENTITY
2.$1,488,141.05Democratic Party of Wisconsin – Seg FundENTITY
3.$1,196,253.06Cleansweep CampaignsENTITY
4.$756,155.22Adp IncENTITY
5.$656,595.47New Blue Interactive LLCENTITY
7.$391,108.61Actblue WisconsinENTITY
8.$389,202.81Path to Victory LLCENTITY
9.$234,956.97New TerriENTITY
10.$179,151.65Bruce KielochEN

How Gov. Evers’s fundraising compares to other governors

Among elected officials holding the same level of state office, fundraising varies widely. A number of factors, including whether an incumbent officeholder is running for reelection, influence donor activity. Here is how fundraising by Wisconsin Gov. Evers compares to the 10 other governors with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA in 2022:

Fundraising reported by 11 U.S. governors in the 2022 election cycle

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.

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.