Check Out NRA Support for Walker, Legislators

In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas school shooting, it appears GOP Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature will continue to bow to the National Rifle Association (NRA) and rebuff calls to consider tougher gun laws.

In Wisconsin, the NRA has spent more than $4.5 million during the past 20 years on outside electioneering activities to support GOP and conservative legislative and statewide candidates. The bulk of the NRA’s electioneering spending, about $3.5 million, has been to support Walker’s 2010 general, 2012 recall, and 2014 reelection for governor.

In addition to outside electioneering activities, NRA political action committees have directly contributed $94,200 to all legislative and statewide candidates between January 1998 and December 2017. The top recipient was Walker, who received $12,500 in NRA PAC contributions.

The following table shows the NRA’s outside electioneering support and direct contributions to current Wisconsin office holders and legislative campaign committees.

NamePartyOffice*Direct
Contributions
Outside
Election
Support
Total
Walker, Scott R G $12,500 $3,497,163 $3,509,663
Olsen, Luther R S14 $1,500 $10,772 $12,272
Tiffany, Tom R S12 $2,250 $4,437 $6,687
Darling, Alberta R S08 $3,000 $2,035 $5,035
Cowles, Robert R S02 $0 $4,639 $4,639
Feyen, Dan R S18 $0 $2,824 $2,824
Nerison, Lee A R A96 $1,000 $1,676 $2,676
Krug, Scott S R A72 $1,500 $1,088 $2,588
Kulp, Bob R A69 $0 $2,408 $2,408
Stafsholt, Rob R A29 $1,000 $1,390 $2,390
Moulton, Terry R S23 $500 $1,720 $2,220
Bernier, Kathy R A68 $1,000 $1,149 $2,149
VanderMeer, Nancy Lynn R A70 $500 $1,629 $2,129
Vos, Robin R A63 $1,500 $339 $1,839
Steineke, Jim R A05 $1,750 $0 $1,750
Quinn, Romaine Robert R A75 $1,000 $717 $1,717
Tranel, Travis R A49 $500 $1,216 $1,716
Marklein, Howard R S17 $1,000 $671 $1,671
Petrowski, Jerry R S29 $1,000 $638 $1,638
Zimmerman, Shannon R A30 $0 $1,500 $1,500
Committee to Elect a Republican Senate R S $1,500 $0 $1,500
Kleefisch, Joel R A38 $1,500 $0 $1,500
August, Tyler R A32 $1,500 $0 $1,500
Novak, Todd R A51 $500 $876 $1,376
Tusler, Ron R A03 $0 $1,243 $1,243
LeMahieu, Devin R S09 $500 $666 $1,166
Roth, Roger R S19 $500 $650 $1,150
Wanggaard, Van H R S21 $1,000 $127 $1,127
Kitchens, Joel C R A01 $500 $585 $1,085
Horlacher, Cody R A33 $500 $526 $1,026
Republican Assembly Campaign Committee R A $1,000 $0 $1,000
Kerkman, Samantha R A61 $1,000 $0 $1,000
Jarchow, Adam R A28 $1,000 $0 $1,000
Kooyenga, Dale R A14 $1,000 $0 $1,000
Felzkowski, Mary R A35 $1,000 $0 $1,000
Brooks, Ed R A50 $500 $497 $997
Petryk, Warren R A93 $500 $495 $995
Macco, John R A88 $500 $493 $993
Craig, Dave R A83 $500 $331 $831
Stroebel, Duey R S20 $500 $317 $817
Swearingen, Rob R A34 $800 $0 $800
Mursau, Jeffrey L R A36 $300 $486 $786
Edming, James R A87 $0 $501 $501
Ballweg, Joan R A41 $500 $0 $500
Knodl, Dan R A24 $500 $0 $500
Kremer, Jesse R A59 $500 $0 $500
Jacque, Andre R A02 $500 $0 $500
Spiros, John R A86 $500 $0 $500
Vinehout, Kathleen D S31 $500 $0 $500
Vukmir, Leah R S05 $500 $0 $500
Tauchen, Gary R A06 $300 $0 $300
Fitzgerald, Scott R S13 $0 $277 $277
Nygren, John R A89 $250 $0 $250
Born, Mark L R A39 $200 $0 $200

*“G” means Governor, “S” means Senate District, and “A” means Assembly District