June 19, 2017
In addition to their direct contributions to Walker, one of Ashley Furniture’s owners, Todd Wanek, of Arcadia, doled out $25,000 in late 2011 to an outside electioneering group called the Republican Governors Association. Shortly after his contribution, the national group went on to spend $9.4 million during the first six months of 2012 to help Walker win his controversial recall election that summer.
The bulk of Walker’s $31,800 in direct contributions from Ashley owners and employees between January 2010 and December 2016 came from the Wanek family.
Todd Wanek, and his wife, Karen, contributed $17,500, and Ron and Joyce Wanek, of St. Petersburg, Fla., contributed $13,000 to the governor.