Several wealthy Wisconsin donors exceed campaign contribution limits

    Twenty-nine contributors, including some of the Milwaukee area’s most prominent business leaders, exceeded the annual $10,000 limit on contributions to Wisconsin political campaigns in 2010, according to complaints filed today by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.
    The nonpartisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign watchdog group based its complaints on a review of state campaign finance reports filed by candidates and political parties with the Government Accountability Board (GAB) that disclose their fundraising and spending.
    The Government Accountability Board, which enforces the state’s campaign finance, ethics and lobby laws, may fine those who violate the $10,000 annual contribution limit $500 plus triple the amount by which the limit was exceeded.
    Twenty-four of the contributors gave all or most of their contributions to Republican candidates for statewide office and the legislature. Five gave all or most of their contributions to Democratic candidates.

    The list of contributors exceeding the limits, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, included:
    Robert P. Fettig, Lake Geneva, Tankcraft Corp., $16,150.
    Judith Couri, Waukesha, Couri Insurance Agency, $16,100.
    Trygve A. Solberg,. Minocqua, TA Solberg Co., $13,600.
    John Butler, Wausau, Plastic Surgery Group, $13,500.
    Dennis J. Klein, Brookfield, KBS Construction, $12,600.
    Edward Zore, River Hills, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, $12,563.
    Michael J. Spector, Shorewood, Quarles & Brady, $12,450.
    Vicky Kunz, La Crosse, Kwik Trip, $12,425.
    Carl Kuehne, De Pere, American Foods Group, $11,950.
    Dominic J. Giuffre, Milwaukee, Giuffre Brothers Cranes, $11,850.
    Gary Gorman, Oregon, Gorman & Co., $11,787.01.
    David Bahl, Waukesha, Weldall Manufacturing, $11,580.
    Sheldon Lubar, River Hills, Lubar & Co., $11,300.
    Marc Marotta, Mequon, Foley & Lardner, $11,291.62.
    Jim K. Ostrom, De Pere, Milksource, $11,250.
    Susan Kasten, Milwaukee, retired, $11,000.
    David G. Herro, Chicago, Harris Associates, $11,000.
    Lucille Rosenberg, Milwaukee, psychiatrist, $10,900.
    Walter Kolb, Waukesha, Audio Implements/GKC, $10,650.
    Colleen Lange, Fond du Lac, Commonwealth Development Corp. of America, $10,500.
    Rebecca Sonnetag, Marathon, County Concrete, $10,500.
    Dolores Roehl, Marshfield, Roehl Transport, $10,500.
    Bladen Burns, Wauwatosa, Fiduciary Management, $10,500.
    Barbara Frank, Mequon, retired, $10,500.
    Gene Ahlborn, Sayner, Ahlborn Equipment, $10,500.
    Margery H. Uihlein, Mequon, retired, $10,350.
    Jon Hammes, Mequon, Hammes Co., $10,350.
    Polly H. Van Dyke,. Milwaukee, Salomon Smith Barney, $10,200.
    Gary Roberts, Onalaska, Morrison Creek Cranberry, $10,200.
    – BizTimes Milwaukee

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