So far this year, three different people each have donated more than $2 million to political parties in Wisconsin.
Karla Jurvetson, a Silicon Valley-based liberal donor, has given more than $2.8 million to the Wisconsin Democratic Party in 2020, according to campaign finance records.
J.B. Pritzker, the Democratic governor of Illinois, has poured in nearly $2.5 million. And Diane Hendricks, the richest self-made woman in the country who lives in the Beloit area, has given nearly $2.5 million to state Republican Party this year.
Before 2015, the amount any single person could have given in annual political donations in Wisconsin was $10,000.
What changed? A monumental 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision you’ve probably never heard of: McCutcheon v. FEC.
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