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A list of top donors to state Sen. Brad Pfaff, Democratic candidate for Congress in western Wisconsin

Notable donors include Judith Faulkner of Epic, Kevin Conroy of Exact Sciences, Herb Kohl, and the man he hopes to replace, the retiring U.S. Rep. Ron Kind.

State Sen. Brad Pfaff, Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District in western Wisconsin that includes La Crosse, Eau Claire and Stevens Point.

By Peter Cameron, THE BADGER PROJECT

State Sen. Brad Pfaff, Democrat from Onalaska, is running for the U.S. House seat in western Wisconsin and has raised about $1.6 million for the race, according to filings with the Federal Elections Commission.

That’s compared to more than $6 million raised by Republican candidate Derrick Van Orden.

Those figures are accurate up to Oct. 19, the final campaign finance reporting deadline before the election.

Van Orden has, on his own, shattered the record amount for the district he and Democratic Rep. Ron Kind raised for their tight election— about $5 million — in 2020.

Federal campaign limits allow an individual to give a candidate for federal office a maximum of $2,900 per election. Since candidates face a primary and a general, one person can give a total of $5,800 to one candidate per election cycle. A political action committee can give $5,000 per election to a candidate for a total of $10,000 per election cycle.

Big donors to Pfaff’s campaign include Judith Faulkner, CEO and founder of Epic, the healthcare software giant based in Dane County, her husband Gordon Faulkner, and Kevin Conroy, the CEO of the Madison-based Exact Sciences, all of whom have given $5,000.

READ THE FULL STORY: Van Orden outraising Pfaff by millions as cash pours into race, setting new record

The retiring Kind’s campaign committee has given Pfaff’s campaign at least $4,000. Kind and his wife Tawni Kind also personally have given Pfaff’s campaign at least $3,000 and $3,750 each. Pfaff previously worked for Kind’s congressional office.

Former Democratic state legislator Tim Cullen has given Pfaff $3,400. Lynde Uihlein, a Schlitz heir, major Democratic donor and relative of the Republican billionaire donor Dick Uihlein, has given Pfaff the maximum $5,800. Former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl has given the campaign $2,700.

DONORCITYSTATETOTAL DONATION
BADGERPACLA CROSSEWI$10,000
KERN, DEBORAHSHOREWOODWI$5,800
MERINOFF, CHARLESNEW YORKNY$5,800
LUBAR, MARIANNE SRIVER HILLSWI$5,800
WALKER, THOMASBLACK RIVER FALLSWI$5,800
LAUX, JOEONALASKAWI$5,800
MILLER, JOHN WFOX POINTWI$5,800
PFAFF, SHAWN WFITCHBURGWI$5,800
UIHLEIN, LYNDE BMILWAUKEEWI$5,800
WEIL, SAGEMADISONWI$5,800
PAGE, GLORIALOS ALTOSCA$5,300
WISCONSIN BEER DISTRIBUTORS CONDUIT FUNDMADISONWI$5,000
FAULKNER, GORDONMOUNT HOREBWI$5,000
FAULKNER, JUDITHMOUNT HOREBWI$5,000
CONROY, KEVIN T.MADISONWI$5,000
INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS LOCAL 139PEWAUKEEWI$5,000
NEW DEMOCRAT COALITION ACTION FUNDWASHINGTONDC$5,000
AMERICAN CRYSTAL SUGAR COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEEMOORHEADMN$5,000
NEA FUND FOR CHILDREN AND PUBLIC EDUCATIONWASHINGTONDC$5,000
UA UNION PLUMBERS & PIPEFITTERS VOTE! PACANNAPOLISMD$5,000
KIND FOR CONGRESS COMMITTEELA CROSSEWI$4,000
ROTH, HOWARDWAUZEKAWI$3,900
KIND, TAWNILA CROSSEWI$3,750
RENWICK, SUZETTELA CROSSEWI$3,660
HENNER, LISAVIROQUAWI$3,600
NATIONAL MILK PRODUCERS FEDERATION PAC (NMPF PAC)ARLINGTONVA$3,500
CULLEN, TIMJANESVILLEWI$3,400
DART, RICHARDMAIDEN ROCKWI$3,250
BAKKEN, MARKMADISONWI$3,150
SCHNICK, ROSALIELA CROSSEWI$3,100
KIND, RONLA CROSSEWI$3,000
LAGALLY, MAX GMADISONWI$3,000
SCHARFMAN, PAULMADISONWI$3,000
PRUITT, CHARLESSHOREWOODWI$2,925
PFAFF, LEONHOLMENWI$2,900
PFAFF, RUTH AHOLMENWI$2,900
GOODMAN, MIKEWASHINGTONDC$2,900
SMITH, STACEYFALLS CHURCHVA$2,900
CUMMING, ANNETTE PJACKSONWY$2,900
KAMEN, ALNEW YORKNY$2,900
KRAUS, JILLNEW YORKNY$2,900
PAGE, BARBARAPALO ALTOCA$2,900
BJORK, TANYAMIDDLETONWI$2,900
KATZ, DONMADISONWI$2,900
LAWSON, ELISELEXINGTONMA$2,900
MILLER, JOHN C.KOHLERWI$2,900
RAYMAN, STEVENBIG ROCKIL$2,900
ROWE, KEVINLAGUNA NIGUELCA$2,900
SELIG, ALLANMILWAUKEEWI$2,900
PAGE, CARLSAN FRANCISCOCA$2,800
MOBERLY, LAURAMADISONWI$2,750
REALTORS DIRECT GIVER PROGRAMMADISONWI$2,700
KOHL, HERBMILWAUKEEWI$2,700

This journalism was funded by a grant from the La Crosse Community Foundation.

The Badger Project is a nonpartisan, citizen-supported journalism nonprofit in Wisconsin.

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