Corporations gave $1.3m to parties, legislative committees

The Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison is seen, Feb. 22, 2016. (WLUK/Andrew LaCombe)

MADISON (AP) -- 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.

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