Wisconsin Democratic candidates have spent $6.5 million more than Republicans

In Wisconsin, state-level candidates have spent $108.7 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and Oct. 24, 2022. Democratic candidates have spent $54.2 million and Republican candidates have spent $47.7 million. 

Wisconsin Campaign Finance Snapshot (1/1/2021 – 10/24/2022)

Top 10 Democratic candidates, by expenditures (1/1/2021 – 10/24/2022)

In the 2022 election cycle, 203 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$40,238,504.43
2.Josh Kaul$3,801,099.50
3.Sara Rodriguez$1,296,619.09
4.Jeff Smith$733,530.46
5.Steve Doyle$712,888.09
6.Lori Palmeri$526,437.46
7.Katrina Shankland$455,153.14
8.Gillian Battino$370,870.88
9.Don Vruwink$349,437.44
10.Clinton Anderson$344,498.54

Top 10 Republican candidates, by expenditures (1/1/2021 – 10/24/2022)

During the same time period, 233 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.Tim Michels$24,534,843.74
2.Rebecca Kleefisch$8,221,508.59
3.Roger Roth$957,218.17
4.Kevin Nicholson$589,900.51
5.Adam M Jarchow$577,601.64
6.Eric Toney$521,315.47
7.Howard Marklein$456,876.74
8.Ryan Owens$450,353.35
9.Rachael Cabral-Guevara$430,802.80
10.Robin Vos$427,066.53

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.

StateReport NameDue Date
IN2022 Jan Semiannual1/19/2022
IN2022 Statewide Quarterly/Semiannual7/15/2022
IN2022 Pre-Election10/17/2022
IN2022 Statewide Quarterly11/1/2022
IN2022 Annual Report1/18/2023

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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Kalyn Stralow