The latest campaign finance filings for state offices were due by midnight last night to cover the first 6 months of 2018. Here are the highlights for the major offices:
Scott Walker reported raising $5.5 million with $6 million cash on hand. This is less than the $7.6 million he raised at the end of June 2014. However, the Republican Party of Wisconsin raised nearly $2.5 million compared to just over $600k in 2014.
On the Democrat side, Kelda Roys has the most money of all the candidates in the bank with $668,000, thanks in part to a $255,000 loan she gave her campaign.
State firefighter union president Mahlon Mitchell had $368,000 in the bank thanks to unions across the country: 35 of his top 36 contributors were unions or their PACs who donated over $700,000 to his campaign.
Former Party Chairman Matt Flynn had $400k in the bank including $100k loan from himself. Frontrunner Tony Evers reported $307,000 cash on hand including a $100,000 loan.
Evers had the most individual donors with 5,229, followed by Mitchell at 1,754, Roys at 1,539, and Flynn at 800.
Incumbent Senator Tammy Baldwin has $7.2 million cash on hand at the end of June.
Republican Kevin Nicholson reported raising $1 million during the 2nd quarter, however outside groups have spent $9 million already supporting his campaign.
Republican Leah Vukmir has yet to report her finance data.
State Legislative Committees*:
Republican Assembly Campaign Committee: $709,103 cash on hand
Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee: $126,071 cash on hand
Committee to Elect a Republican Senate: $940,147 cash on hand
State Senate Democrat Committee: $232,194 cash on hand
*All of these committees would have more on hand but had to spend a good chunk of money on the special elections held in June.
For those who might want to check out your local races, head to Wisconsin Campaign Finance Information System where you can search by legislative district or the particular campaign you’re looking for.