Million Dollar Checks

The matriarch of the billionaire Chicago Cubs-owning family, an heir to the Schlitz Beer fortune, and the wealthiest self-made woman in America were just a few of the people who poured millions of dollars into Wisconsin political party coffers during the election year of 2018, according to an investigation of campaign finance records by The Badger Project.

A landmark court decision in 2014 and drastic changes to Wisconsin campaign finance law in 2015 removed the guardrails on ultrarich donors, allowing big money to go to candidates while avoiding state limits on direct contributions.

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Brookfield politician pleaded no contest in 2000 to punching minor

Dale Kooyenga tackled and punched a 17-year-old boy in 2000 during a dispute outside a summer party in Sheboygan. Now a 39-year-old Republican state representative from Brookfield, Kooyenga was 21 at the time police filed a criminal charge of disorderly conduct against him.

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