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Public Funding

Effective with the 2011-2013 biennial budget, Wisconsin no longer has public funding of elections.  Previously, there were two public funding programs.

Wisconsin Election Campaign Fund (WECF)

The Wisconsin Election Campaign Fund provided grant money for qualifying candidates running for the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Treasurer, Secretary of State, Superintendent of Public Instruction, State Senator, and Member of the Assembly.  Candidates completed an application and met elibility requirements to receive funds to finance their campaigns.  The Wisconsin Election Campaign Fund received contributions from a voluntary $1 checkoff on individual tax returns filed with the State. 

Supreme Court: Democracy Trust Fund (DTF)

The Democracy Trust Fund provided public financing for Supreme Court candidates in Wisconsin.  Candidates were required to apply and meet eligibilty requirements to receive grant money to finance their campaigns.  The Democracy Trust Fund received contributions from a voluntary $3 checkoff on individual tax returns filed with the State.