Michels runs as outsider, donated money to many insiders

Tim Michels announces his candidacy for Wisconsin governor
Tim Michels announces his candidacy for Wisconsin governor
Published: Jul. 13, 2022 at 8:01 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican Tim Michels, who has the endorsement of Donald Trump, is running for Wisconsin governor as a political outsider. But records released Wednesday by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign show he has been a big giver to powerful Republicans and candidates for the past 12 years.

Michels and his wife, Barb, gave $207,650 to Republican and conservative candidates between 2010 and 2022.

His top GOP rival in the race, former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, isn’t far behind. Kleefisch, her husband, her campaign committee and her political action committee gave $130,000 to candidates over the same time.

The winner of the Aug. 9 primary will advance to face Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

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