Wisconsin GOP candidate’s parents contributed maximum — to his potential Democratic opponent


If Kevin Nicholson’s parents support his political aspirations, they have an odd way of showing it: Donna and Michael Nicholson donated to their Republican son’s potential general-election opponent – a Democrat – months after their child’s own campaign announcement.

As CNN first reported, Donna and Michael Nicholson each contributed $2,700 in December to the re-election campaign of incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., according to Federal Election Commission filings – the maximum allowed by law during the primary election cycle.

The couple can donate the same amount during the general election, when their 40-year-old son may or may not be Baldwin’s direct opponent.

Nicholson said his mother and father have a “different worldview” than he does, saying in a statement to The Washington Post that “it is not surprising that they would support a candidate like Tammy Baldwin who shares their perspective.”

Little is known publicly about the first-time candidate’s parents, who did not respond to a request to comment from The Post – or from other media outlets, including CNN.

Staffers from their son’s campaign even declined to discuss his parents’s occupations for a September profile in Politico, which focused on his transformation from rising star in the Democratic Party to conservative Republican. Nicholson is described in the Politico profile as being similarly private – “an intensely personal guy who is introverted by nature.”

FEC filings show Nicholson’s mother had contributed hundreds of dollars to Baldwin in the past, mostly in the run-up to her successful Senate victory in 2012. Donna Nicholson’s last contribution to Baldwin before her son’s candidacy came in 2016, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported – though she contributed to other Democratic candidates across the country, including Al Franken and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.

It does not appear that Michael Nicholson made contributions during that period, according to an FEC database.

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Source:: The Denver Post

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