MADISON — A new report says corporations donated about $1.3 million to Wisconsin's Democratic and Republican parties and legislative fundraising committees last year.
The review by government watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign found corporations gave the state GOP $60,600 and the state Democratic Party $107,000. The Committee to Elect a Republican Senate got $404,050; the Republican Assembly Campaign Committee got $362,500; the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee $232,920; and the Senate Democratic Committee $138,650.
All in all, Republicans got about $827,000 and Democrats $479,000.
About 200 businesses, trade groups, unions and tribes made the contributions. The biggest donor was Wisconsin Progress, a group that recruits and trains Democratic candidates. That group contributed $97,340 to the Assembly Democratic committee. Other top donors included the Ho-Chunk Nation, the Wisconsin Homeowners Alliance and MillerCoors.