Posted: March 30, 2016
Updated: March 31, 2016
Bradley and Kloppenburg face off in next week’s April 5 spring election for a 10-year term on the Supreme Court.
The latest campaign finance reports, and a previous fundraising and spending report, show Bradley’s top individual donors between Jan. 1 and March 21 were:
- Jere Fabick, of Oconomowoc, president of FABCO Equipment, $20,000.
Fabick, and his wife, Renee, contributed about $313,100 mostly to Republican candidates for statewide office and the legislature between January 1995 and December 2015. Topping the list of contributions from the Fabicks were Republican Gov. Scott Walker, $80,700, and GOP Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, $37,500.
- Diane Hendricks, of Afton, owner of ABC Supply Co., $15,000.
Between January 1995 and December 2015, Hendricks contributed more than $644,000 to Republican candidates for statewide office and the legislature – substantially more than any other individual. The top recipients of contributions from Hendricks were Walker, $529,100, former Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen $12,400, and Kleefisch, $11,000.
- Fred Young, of Racine, former owner of Young Radiator, $10,000.
Young contributed $138,600 – all to Republican statewide and legislative candidates – between January 1995 and December 2015. The top recipients of Young contributions were Walker, $55,250, Kleefisch, $9,000, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, of Burlington, $5,500.
- Louis Gentine, of Elkhart Lake, retired owner of Sargento Foods, and his wife, Michelle, $10,000 each.
The Gentines contributed nearly $170,000 between January 1995 and December 2015 – all to Republican legislative and statewide candidates. The top recipients of the couple’s contributions were Walker, $61,000, Kleefisch, $22,500, and 2006 candidate for governor Mark Green, $16,200.
In addition to the partisan individual contributors, the state Republican Party made in-kind contributions totaling nearly $41,900 to Bradley’s campaign between Jan. 1 and March 21.
Kloppenburg’s top donors between Jan. 1 and March 21 were:
- Lynde Uihlein, of Milwaukee, president of the Brico Fund, $20,000.
Uihlein contributed about $163,100 between January 1995 and December 2015 to legislative and statewide candidates and fundraising committees, and all but $1,200 went to Democrats. Her top recipients were the State Senate Democratic Committee, $50,250, former Gov. Jim Doyle, $21,000, and former Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton, $14,075.
- Milwaukee County executive Chris Abele, $10,000.
Abele, and his wife, Miriam, contributed about $141,000 between January 2000 and December 2015 to legislative and statewide candidates and fundraising committees, and all but $2,000 went to Democrats. Top recipients of the couple’s contributions were Doyle, $40,000, former candidate for governor Mary Burke, $20,000, and the State Senate Democratic Committee, $16,000.
In addition to the partisan individual contributors, Kloppenburg’s campaign received nearly $55,000 in political action committee contributions from teachers unions, which are traditional backers of Democratic candidates.
UPDATE: An additional, special report filed March 30 by the Bradley campaign identified an additional top donor, Robert Greenheck, of Weston, Wis., an executive with Greenheck Fan, contributed $10,000 to Bradley's campaign on March 22. Greenheck contributed nearly $40,500 between January 1995 and December 2015 - all to Republican legislative and statewide candidates. Topping his list of recipients were Walker, $13,750, Attorney General Brad Schimel, $5,000, and Sen. Jerry Petrowski, of Marathon, $4,100.
The report also showed the state Republican Party made an additional $27,318 in in-kind contributions from March 23-25 to Bradley's campaign. Combined with the in-kind contributions cited earlier, the state GOP has contributed a total of about $69,200 since Jan. 1 to Bradley's campaign.