May 18, 2015
The owner of a financially struggling Milwaukee construction company who received a $500,000 state loan after contributing $10,000 to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s 2010 campaign, has contributed $24,500 to candidates for statewide office and the legislature since 2005.
The contributor, William Minahan, is the subject of a Wisconsin State Journal investigation that found his company, Building Committee Inc., received the loan, which has not been repaid, in 2011 from Walker’s controversial Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. WEDC is the state’s economic-development and job-creation agency and has been criticized in numerous state audits and media reports for failing to properly award, document and track millions of dollars in state aid to businesses.
Since January 2005, Minahan’s contributions to legislative and statewide candidates in Wisconsin include:
$10,000 to Republican Gov. Scott Walker in 2010;
$10,000 to former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle in 2009;
$4,500 to Republican Sen. Alberta Darling of River Hills in 2008 and 2011.
In addition to Minahan’s contributions, Doyle and Darling received additional campaign contributions totaling $22,000 in 2008 and 2009 from Building Committee executives Timothy Allen, of Milwaukee, Kevin Theissen, of Franklin, and David Jaeckels, of Milwaukee.
Building Committee Inc. was founded in the 1980s and specialized in building bank and credit union buildings. Building Committee Inc.’s state loan was for a project to remodel existing private and public sector buildings to make them more energy efficient.