Two Legislative Races Likely to Exceed $1M in Reported Outside Spending

October 31, 2018

Reported spending by express advocacy groups is likely to top $1 million in at least two state Senate races. And in the Assembly, reported outside spending has exceeded $100,000 in four races. Here’s a rundown on the most expensive Senate and Assembly races for reported spending by outside electioneering groups as of Wednesday morning:

Senate District 1 $990,389 – This eastern Wisconsin district pits Democratic Sen. Caleb Frostman, of Sturgeon Bay, against GOP Rep. Andre Jacque of De Pere. Fourteen outside groups are sponsoring outside electioneering activities in this race. The top-spending groups are the Wisconsin League of Conversation Voters at about $300,200; Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce at about $172,400; and Greater Wisconsin at about $158,800.

Senate District 17 $928,888 – GOP Sen. Howard Marklein, of Spring Green, faces Democrat Kriss Marion, of Blanchardville, in this southwestern Wisconsin district. Eight groups are spending money on outside electioneering in this race. The top-spending groups are Greater Wisconsin, about $311,500; American Federation for Children, about $288,700; and the Wisconsin League of Conversation Voters, about $108,800.

Senate District 19 $532,563 – In this east-central Wisconsin district, Republican Senate President Roger Roth faces Democrat Lee Snodgrass, both of Appleton. Seven groups are sponsoring outside electioneering activities in this district. The top-spending groups are the Wisconsin Realtors Association at $208,850; Wisconsin Leadership Committee at about $174,900; and the High Ground Political Fund at about $58,100.

Assembly District 14 $170,350 – This open seat in suburban Milwaukee pits Republican Matt Adamczyk, of Brookfield, against Democrat Robyn Vining, of Wauwatosa. Four outside electioneering groups are involved in this race. The top-spending groups are Leadership MKE, about $70,100, and American Federation for Children, about $49,000.

Assembly District 51 $132,244 – GOP Rep. Todd Novak, of Dodgeville, faces Democrat Jeff Wright, of Plain, in this southwestern Wisconsin district. Four groups are spending money on outside electioneering activities in this race. The top-spending groups are Jobs First Coalition at about $62,300 and the American Federation for Children at nearly $43,900.

Assembly District 23 $129,492 – In this suburban Milwaukee district, Republican Rep. Jim Ott, of Mequon, faces Democrat Liz Sumner, of Fox Point. Two groups have sponsored electioneering activities in this race, including Leadership MKE at nearly $119,200 and Americans for Prosperity at about $10,300.

Assembly District 92 $111,894 – GOP Rep. Treig Pronschinske, of Mondovi, faces Democrat Rob Grover, of Galesville, in this western Wisconsin district. Two groups are engaged in electioneering activities in this race, including Jobs First Coalition at nearly $58,700 and American Federation for Children at about $53,200.

Express advocacy groups sponsor broadcast and online advertising, mailings and other electioneering activities that use the magic words “vote for” or “vote against” or their equivalents.

Overall, express advocacy groups reported nearly $4.7 million in independent expenditures on electioneering activities in 37, or one in three, of the 117 legislative races on the ballot.