Ron Johnson raising a lot more cash than Tammy Baldwin

2014-04-20T07:30:00Z Ron Johnson raising a lot more cash than Tammy BaldwinJACK CRAVER | The Capital Times | jcraver@madison.com madison.com

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson has far outpaced his Democratic colleague, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, in fundraising so far this year.

Johnson, the conservative who unseated former Sen. Russ Feingold as part of the tea party wave in 2010, reported raising $407,886 in the first three months of 2014. It is by far his campaign’s best quarterly performance since he took office in January of 2011.

Baldwin reported raising $134,870 during the same period.

Why so much less? A couple sources suggest it's because she's only been in the Senate for a little over a year and, unlike Johnson, has not built up the same rolodex of donors.

“That’s the likely reason,” says UW political science professor Ken Mayer, who studies campaign finance. “It may also be that these two years are more favorable for the GOP, so you hit when things are hot. Tammy is not going to run short of money for (her reelection in) 2018.”

Indeed, the Johnson and Baldwin campaigns raised nearly identical sums of money in their first years in office. Baldwin raised $626,898 in 2013 while Johnson raised $607,741 in 2011.

Both candidates receive the great majority of their contributions from individual donors; they both received less than 20 percent of their funds from political action committees.

But the official campaign figures don’t tell the full picture. Both candidates also have affiliated “leadership PACs” that they use to raise money, largely from special interest groups. Typically senators will use such groups to dole out money to other candidates for office.

In the 15 months since she took office in January 2013, Baldwin’s leadership PAC, “People’s Voice PAC,” has raised $190,346.

Figures for the first three months of 2014 are not yet available for Johnson’s group, “Strategy PAC,” but the figures for 2013 show that the group fundraising’s is on pace with Baldwin’s group. Last year, the PAC raised $136,500.

Individuals who give to the candidates’ leadership PACS, neither of which have websites, represent an elite class of donor than those who give to traditional candidate campaigns (already a small sliver of the population).

The $82,500 that Strategy PAC reported raising from individuals came from 17 Wisconsin donors, all but one of whom gave $5,000, the maximum allowable contribution to a PAC. Ten of those donors were spouses of other donors, who each gave $5,000. Beloit billionaire Dianne Hendricks also chipped in $5,000.

The rest of the group’s money came from political action committees affiliated with corporate interests, such as Koch Industries and MillerCoors.

The $166,000 that People’s Voice PAC raised from individuals did not come exclusively from large donors, but it received a great share of its money from lobbyists and other Washington, D.C., insiders. It also received a large chunk of money from political action committees affiliated with unions and corporations, including MillerCoors.

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  1. Crow Barr
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    Crow Barr - April 21, 2014 8:13 pm
    Chief, I'm fine! Thanks for asking. And you?

    If Johnson had a Johnson (aka: "dumb stick") it would explain his stupid comments!

    Go back to playing with your dumb stick!
  2. Chief Mukwonago
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    Chief Mukwonago - April 21, 2014 4:27 pm
    If Tammy had a Johnson instead she would be raising more money!

    Hey, how are you?
  3. sjustice
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    sjustice - April 21, 2014 1:42 pm
    If Ron fears he is wasting his time in Washington, he can relieve the fears of the average WI citizen by not seeking reelection. Perhaps he can set up a charity for wealthy, self-serving, conservatives, with business-oriented focus and misogynistic tendencies. Oh, that is the Wisconsin GOP!
    Perfect timing-Johnson can now devote himself to his role as Leader of Wisconsin's succession! All hail this fine example of the Party of Lincoln.
  4. Stuck In The Middle With You
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    Stuck In The Middle With You - April 21, 2014 6:02 am
    A recent quote from Ron Johnson is "I've wasted three years of my life" in Washington. Of that we are well aware Ron so come this election the Democrats motto should be Lets Give Ron Johnson His Life Back.
  5. Galileo
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    Galileo - April 20, 2014 6:59 pm
    Ummm...Tammy's not running, neither is Obama. What's-his-name is.
  6. Norwood44
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    Norwood44 - April 20, 2014 6:38 pm
    Tammy gets a lot of out of state money that requires less active fundraising. It's more like a line of credit she can draw on when needed.
  7. Cornelius_Gotchberg
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    Cornelius_Gotchberg - April 20, 2014 6:26 pm
    @happydays;

    Obama/ObamaCare will cause many people to lose their jobs & their insurance within the next ~ 6 1/2 months

    I'll even narrow it down to the date; 11/04/2014.

    Did I mention that those people happen to be congressional democrats?

    The Gotch
  8. happydays
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    happydays - April 20, 2014 6:11 pm
    oh my - really?
  9. happydays
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    happydays - April 20, 2014 6:11 pm
    I think Tammy will have a hard time - She never bucks Obama and he is not very popular. Holding up the pipeline will hurt her with the unions. When obamacare causes more to lose their insurance or jobs - that will not go well even with democrats. Young people are turning on him when it comes to spying on them - doesn't look good
  10. davea
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    davea - April 20, 2014 5:59 pm
    I'm sure he didn't kiss any ring, I wonder if Tonnet is sick of washing all of Walker's handkerchiefs, caused from cleaning all the brown off his nose!.
  11. Galileo
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    Galileo - April 20, 2014 5:54 pm
    Ron who?
  12. Lynne4300
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    Lynne4300 - April 20, 2014 5:32 pm
    "Tammy Baldwin received 60% of campaign contributions ($650,504) from outside her state. (Rank: 177 out of 421."

    Nothing wrong with that, and here is the rest of the story which you neglected to list, or link. From a George Soros site, so it has to be true.

    http://maplight.org/us-congress/legislator/136-tammy-baldwin
  13. snootyelites
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    snootyelites - April 20, 2014 1:48 pm
    Top 10 Contributing Zip Codes for Tammy Baldwin! Not that there is anything wrong with that!

    Washington, DC 20001 $73,500
    Washington, DC 20006 $58,500
    Madison, WI 53705 $53,733
    Washington, DC 20036 $45,373
    Madison, WI 53711 $40,760
    Madison, WI 53704 $37,914
    Milwaukee, WI 53202 $31,250
    Washington, DC 20004 $26,871
    Madison, WI 53703 $26,024
    Alexandria, VA 22314 $24,785
  14. Lynne4300
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    Lynne4300 - April 20, 2014 1:44 pm
    Baldwin has dropped 15 points in her favorability since elected. Maybe that accounts for the lower amounts in fundraising.
  15. lute
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    lute - April 20, 2014 1:03 pm
    I think it's his bold, "unintimidated" stand against evolution that keeps the dollars coming in. Johnson and his staff are just way ahead of the rest of us in their thinking on this topic...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EWXh-Kaxlg#t=74
  16. spooky tooth
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    spooky tooth - April 20, 2014 12:04 pm
    Like all Ron Johnson supporters we like to think of ourselves as an all Americans. We fly the American flag 24/7, run pictures of the liberty bell as often as possible and would like to secede from the union. In Koch we trust has a nice ring.

    We don't need no stinking taxes, public schools, health care or regulations getting in the way of business. The only welfare should be for corporations and the rich and we armed to the teeth if you don't like it.
  17. everclear
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    everclear - April 20, 2014 11:31 am
    Yes and Walker just got back from Vegas and kissing the ring of Sheldon Alderson. Sheldon is looking for his very own president and he wants to drop a nuke on Iran. Which fund raiser has a really big negative impact on life as we know it?
  18. iponder
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    iponder - April 20, 2014 11:00 am
    Ron who?
  19. koala
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    koala - April 20, 2014 10:55 am
    What a stupid story. Johnson running much earlier than Baldwin. QED.
  20. snootyelites
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    snootyelites - April 20, 2014 9:52 am
    Tammy Baldwin is busy preparing to attend the "Secret Gay Donor Conference" at the Beverly Hills Hotel!

    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/04/17/secret-gay-donor-conference-moved-homophobic-owned-hotel/
  21. davea
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    davea - April 20, 2014 8:59 am
    Don't forget Ronny's rich mommy and daddy in-laws!
  22. Nav
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    Nav - April 20, 2014 7:34 am
    Of course Senator Ron Johnson is raising more money than Tammy Baldwin. His base consists of all rich corporations who will give him freely as long as he continues to be their slave.

    Tammy Baldwin, on the other hand, is busy protecting the interests of ordinary Wisconsinites and fighting for the state in the US Senate.
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