Check Out the Latest Large Contributors to the Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidates

February 20, 2019

Two appeals court judges vying for an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court raised more than $400,000 combined during the first five weeks of the year.

Appeals Judge Lisa Neubauer faces fellow Appeals Judge Brian Hagedorn on April 2 for a 10-year seat on the high court.

Hagedorn, of Oconomowoc, raised $236,990 from Jan. 1 through Feb. 4 and had $429,440 in his campaign account. A preliminary review of his latest campaign finance report showed many of his largest contributors were longtime Republican donors. His largest donors were:

Patrick English, of Wauwatosa, president of Fiduciary Management, $20,000

Kim Hendricks, of Janesville, a former ABC Supply vice president, $20,000

Wisconsin Realtors Association Political Action Committee (PAC), $18,000

Glenda Buholzer, of Monroe, whose family owns Klondike Cheese Factory, $10,000

John Shiely, of Elm Grove, president of Briggs & Stratton, $10,000

Louis Gentine, of Elkhart Lake, retired owner of Sargento Cheese, $10,000

Elizabeth Uihlein, of Lake Forest, Ill., co-founder of Uline Corp., $10,000

Stephen Ziegler, of Oconomowoc, owner of Inpro Corp., $10,000

Mike Shannon, Denver, Col., founder of KSL Capital Partners, $10,000

Neubauer, of Racine, raised about $174,300 from Jan. 1 through Feb. 4 and had about $715,600 in her campaign account. A preliminary review of her latest campaign finance report showed several of her largest contributors were longtime Democratic donors. Her largest donors were:

AFSCME PAC, Washington, D.C., $18,000

National Education Association PAC, Washington, D.C., $18,000

American Federation of Teachers PAC, Madison, $6,000

Herb Kohl, of Milwaukee, a former Democratic U.S. senator, $5,000

Mary Ellyn Sensenbrenner, of Madison, a director for the Center for Resilient Cities, $5,000

Lau Christensen, of Madison, founder of Christensen Associates, and his wife, Bea, $5,000

Frank Bastian, of Elm Grove, an attorney with Lichtsinn & Haensel, $3,000

For information about more of the individual and committee contributors to Hagedorn and Neubauer, go here.

Neubauer and Hagedorn are both judges on the District II Court of Appeals based in Waukesha. They are vying to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson. Abrahamson is one of the seven-member court’s liberal members. Conservatives currently have a 4-3 majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.