WEDC Gives $60M to Company Run by Walker Donors

August 7, 2018

Top executives of a papermaker that was recently awarded $60 million in state welfare for a construction project have contributed more than $17,000 to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s campaigns.

Green Bay Packaging plans to build a new $500 million paper mill in Green Bay and expand its shipping container division. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Walker’s economic development agency, announced Monday that it will provide $60 million in tax credits over 12 years for the project if the company creates and retains the 200 jobs.

Company employees contributed about $36,850 to legislative and statewide candidates – all Republicans – between January 2010 and December 2017.

The top recipients were Walker, about $17,450, followed by former Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, $4,050 and current GOP Attorney General Brad Schimel, $3,000.

The company’s top contributors to Walker and the other legislative and statewide candidates between January 2010 and December 2017 included members of the Kress family who own the company, including:

William Kress, of Green Bay, president, $22,750, including $10,000 to Walker;

James Kress, of De Pere, chairman, $6,800, including $6,200 to Walker;

Scott Wochos, of Green Bay, senior vice president, $3,900.