Democratic Governor Jim Doyle accepted $1.8 million of his $9.26 million in large individual campaign contributions his first four years in office from donors outside the state, including nearly half of it in 2006 alone from donors who had never given to anyone in Wisconsin before, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis shows. Doyle State’s Top Political Tourist Attraction

Nearly $1 of every $5 in contributions came from outside Wisconsin

August 20, 2007

Madison - Democratic Governor Jim Doyle accepted $1.8 million of his $9.26 million in large individual campaign contributions his first four years in office from donors outside the state, including nearly half of it in 2006 alone from donors who had never given to anyone in Wisconsin before, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis shows.

To put Doyle’s haul in perspective, former Republican Governor Tommy Thompson, who was elected to four terms and was the state’s most prolific political fundraiser, raised $1.18 million from out-of-state contributors in eight years from 1993-2000 (Chart).


Chart Title: Annual Out-of-State Contributions to Wisconsin Governors

Doyle’s Republican challenger in 2006, Mark Green, raised $336,962 in out-of-state-contributions in the 2006 election cycle, including individual contributions he accepted from 2002 through 2004 as a congressman and later transferred from his congressional campaign account to his state account to run for governor. Former Republican Governor Scott McCallum, who was governor in 2001 and 2002, raised $299,415 during his two years in office.

Doyle’s out-of-state individual contributions represented 19 percent of his total large individual contributions, compared to 5 percent for Green and 11 percent for both McCallum and Thompson.

In 2006, Doyle’s out-of-state individual contributions cracked the $1 million mark for the first time by any Wisconsin political candidate. He accepted $1.09 million in out-of-state individual contributions, including an astounding $823,174 in contributions from 355 people who had not made a large individual contribution to a Wisconsin candidate for statewide office or the legislature before 2006.

During his first four years in office, out-of-state lawyers contributed the most to Doyle, nearly $274,000, followed by the banking and finance industry which doled out about $253,000, retirees and homemakers who gave him about $169,000, business interests which gave him about $157,000 and the real estate industry which contributed about $145,000 (Table 1).

Table 1
Large Individual Contributions To Governor Jim Doyle
From Special Interests Outside Wisconsin

Special Interest Amount
Lawyers/Law Firms/Lobbyists $273,867
Banking & Finance $253,356
Retired/Homemakers/Non-Income Earners $169,017
Business $157,125
Real Estate $145,100
Construction $125,200
Tourism/Leisure/Entertainment $116,637
Telecommunications & Computers $106,800
Health Services/Institutions $78,550
Political/Ideological $53,285
Non-Profit/Social Services $45,850
Insurance $41,650
Manufacturing & Distributing $38,892
Education $35,525
Health Professionals $31,869
Natural Resources $31,650
Unknown $26,200
Civil Servant/Public Employee $25,000
Energy $16,700
Transportation $11,250
Agriculture $7,000
Road Construction $6,250
Labor Unions $2,685
TOTAL $1,799,458

Unlike Green, McCallum and Thompson who received the most out-of-state contributions from Illinois, Doyle received the most out-of-state contributions from California from 2002 through 2006 – $393,346 – followed closely by Illinois at $385,326 and then New York at nearly $247,000 (Table 2).

Table 2
Large Individual Contributions to Governor Jim Doyle
From States* Other Than Wisconsin

State Amount
California $393,346
Illinois $385,326
New York $246,752
Florida $72,275
Texas $71,630
Virginia $66,258
Pennsylvania $62,725
Washington D.C. $59,950
Minnesota $45,855
Ohio $39,975
Connecticut $39,750
Colorado $31,090
Indiana $29,050
Maryland $26,255
New Jersey $24,500
Rhode Island $20,250
Alabama $20,000
Michigan $19,975
Iowa $18,425
New Mexico $16,850
Tennessee $16,775
Massachusetts $13,800
Missouri $12,550

*Table shows states from which Doyle accepted $10,000 or more.

Seven couples – five from California and one each from New York and Texas – gave Doyle $20,000 each, or the maximum $10,000 person. Fourteen other couples or families from outside Wisconsin gave Doyle between $10,187 and $19,750 and 40 individuals each gave him $10,000. These top contributors and other notable donors include:

  • John Chambers, president of computer-giant Cisco Systems, and his wife Constance, of Los Altos Hills, California gave Doyle $20,000, as did John Morgridge, retired Cisco chief executive officer, and his wife Tashia, of Portola Valley, California;
  • Leonard Schaeffer, chairman of health insurer Wellpoint Health Networks, and his wife Pamela, of Westlake Village, California, $20,000;
  • Patrick Soon-Shiong, chairman of pharmaceutical company Abraxis BioScience, and his wife Michele, of Los Angeles, $20,000;
  • Harley Lippman, chief executive officer of Genesis10, a business and technology consulting firm, and his wife Maria, of New York City, $20,000;
  • John Doerr, a partner in the venture capital firm Keiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and his wife Ann, of Woodside, California, $20,000;
  • Fred Baron, retired founder of Baron & Budd, a Dallas law firm, and his wife Lisa Blue, $20,000;
  • Democratic political figures from around the country, including 2004 Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator John Kerry and his wife Theresa Heinz, $5,000; New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and former Virginia Governor Mark Warner, $10,000 each;
  • Jon Stryker of Kalamazoo, Michigan and software developer Tim Gill of Denver, $10,000 each. These two billionaires poured millions of dollars into dozens of state-level races and efforts to defeat anti-gay marriage referendums around the country in 2006;
  • Dawn Arnall, of Los Angeles, billionaire co-owner of Ameriquest Capital Corporation and wife of U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands Roland Arnall, $10,000. Dawn Arnall and the couple’s company have contributed about $5 million since 2002 to President Bush, Republican congressional candidates and committees and unregulated electioneering groups – known as 527 organizations – that ran attack ads against Kerry. Ameriquest is one of the nation’s largest sub-prime mortgage lenders to people with poor credit. In early 2006, the company settled a class action lawsuit for $325 million with regulators in 49 states alleging predatory lending practices;
  • Peter B. Lewis, an Ohio billionaire and owner of one of the nation’s largest auto insurers, $10,000. Lewis has given several million dollars to art museums and universities and more than $24 million since 2004 to 527 groups that oppose Bush;
  • Donny Deutsch, of New York City, CNBC talk show host and owner of one of the nation’s top advertising agencies, $10,000;
  • Arthur Nielsen Jr, of Deerfield, Illinois, owner of the AC Nielsen marketing research firm, $10,000.

Doyle’s largest source of individual out-of-state contributions grouped by employer was Cisco Systems whose executives gave him $57,500, all in 2006. The only other contributions to Wisconsin candidates from Cisco executives were $150 to Democratic legislative candidate Cory Mason in July 2006 and $250 to McCallum in June 2000.

Next was Levin Leichtman Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm that invests in leading mid-sized companies whose executives gave Doyle $42,832 – all in 2005 and none before or since to any Wisconsin candidate.

Third in line were executives of Newmark Knight Frank, a New York-based commercial real estate and property management firm, who contributed $33,500 to Doyle – all in April 2006 and none before or since to any Wisconsin candidate.