Jill Underly outraised state superintendent rival Deb Kerr nearly 16-to-1 in the latest reporting period, thanks largely to the state Dem Party pumping almost $743,000 into her campaign.
Underly, the Pecatonica superintendent, reported $1.1 million raised compared to the $71,466 pulled in by Kerr, the former Brown Deer superintendent, a WisPolitics.com review of campaign finance reports showed.
The state Dem party’s support for Underly includes $600,000 in cash donations and another $142,828 via in-kind contributions in the form of mail, polling and consulting.
The party also put another $175,000 into Underly’s campaign last week after the close of the most recent reporting period, which covered activity between Feb. 2 and March 22.
Underly reported $818,064 spent during the pre-election period and finished with $352,885 in the bank.
Kerr, meanwhile, spent $47,444 and had $42,948 in the bank. But she also listed $30,344 in incurred obligations and an outstanding balance of $21,000 on the loan she gave her campaign.
Since launching her campaign, Underly has now raised nearly $1.4 million, compared to $188,060 for Kerr.
By comparison, former state schools Superintendent Tony Evers raised just under $518,000 between Jan. 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, as he won a third term and less than $254,000 over the similar period four years earlier in securing reelection.
Beyond the state Dem Party funds, Underly’s biggest donations were a pair of $20,000 contributions.
Those were from Deborah Kern, of Shorewood, and Sage Weil, a Madison programmer.
She also received a series of $18,000 PAC donations from unions, including: American Federation of State, County and Municipal; MTI Voters (Voice of Teachers); United Food and Commercial Workers International; WEAC; the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association; and WI Laborers District Council.
Meanwhile, Underly spent $431,848 on TV, $57,915 on digital ads and $95,804 on mail.
See Underly’s report here.
Kerr’s largest donation was $20,000 from Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks.
She reported no donations from the state GOP, though the Republican Women’s Club of Waukesha County gave her $1,000.
She also reported an $18,800 donation from Richard Pieper, of Mequon. Former GOP Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch’s PAC gave her $5,000, as did Kathryn Burke, of Milwaukee.
Kerr spent $7,301 on TV, $20,000 on digital ads and $11,669 on mail.
See Kerr’s report here.