Walker Pays $28K in Penalties for Campaign Finance Violations

February 29, 2016

Republican Gov. Scott Walker paid about $28,400 in 2015 for campaign violations. It was more than one-third of the total of $68,600 that candidates and others paid in 2015 for campaign finance and lobby law violations.

The penalties were paid in settlements with the Government Accountability Board (GAB).

Walker topped the list of penalties, paying $28,150 for exceeding campaign contribution limits and another $238 for accepting corporate contributions during his 2014 reelection campaign. At the time, the limit for individual contributions to candidates for governor and other statewide offices was $10,000 in each election cycle.

Other notable penalties for accepting excessive contributions were paid by the campaigns of:

GOP Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, of Juneau, $5,990;

GOP Rep. John Nygren, of Marinette, co-chair of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, $2,400;

Democratic Rep. Robb Kahl, of Monona, $1,400.

At the time, the individual campaign contribution limit was $1,000 for Senate candidates and $500 for Assembly candidates in each election cycle.

A bill approved late last year by the Republican-controlled legislature and signed into law by Walker doubled the individual contribution limits to statewide and legislative candidates.