Donor Tracking: Who's Funding Your Representative

Following The Money: This page is designed to help the public find out who’s funding their elected officials. The information shows state officeholders' top donors over time across a variety of giving methods. The data comes from the Secretary of State’s database and IRS filings.

The data was last updated Aug. 16, 2019. For candidate committees, the numbers cover through July 20, 2019. For political action committees (PACs) connected to officeholders, the numbers cover through July 20, 2019.

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79th House District, Rep. Pauline Wendzel

79TH HOUSE DISTRICT (A portion of Berrien County)

Current representative: The current representative for the 79th House District is Rep. Pauline Wendzel (R-Watervliet). The district includes the cities of Coloma, St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Bridgman and Watervliet and the townships of Bainbridge, Benton, Coloma, Hagar, Lake Charter, Lincoln, Royalton, St. Joseph and Watervliet. Wendzel previously was the product brand development manager at Coloma Frozen Foods and served as the assistant deputy clerk for Bainbridge Township, according to her official website.

Rep. Wendzel was first elected to the Michigan House in 2018, taking office in 2019. She is vice chair of the House Commerce and Tourism Committee and the House Energy Committee.

A map of the 79th District is available here.

Rep. Wendzel raises money through a candidate committee, Committee to Elect Pauline Wendzel.

TALLY: Top Disclosed Donors To Wendzel And Connected Committees From 2019 Until The Present

1. Pauline Wendzel, candidate, $33,000

2. Mildred and Alton Wendzel, Watervliet, $4,000

3. Bradley and Joyce Wendzel, Coloma Frozen Foods, $4,000

4. Sam and Connie Monte, Benton Harbor, $4,000

5. Realtors PAC, $3,600

6. Rodney and Jeanette Winkel, Watervliet, $3,000

7. Michigan Farm Bureau, $2,875

8. Robert Gerbel, St. Joseph, $2,000

9. Blue Cross Blue Shield, $1,750

10. CMS Energy, $1,500


DETAILED LISTS

Top donors to Committee to Elect Pauline Wendzel for 2019-2020:

1. Joyce and Bradley Wendzel, Coloma Frozen Foods, $2,000
2. Alton and Mildred, Watervliet, $2,000
3. Sam and Connie Monte, Benton Harbor, $2,000
4. Rodney and Jeanette Winkel, Watervliet, $2,000
5. Realtors PAC, $1,700
6. DTE Energy, $1,500
7. Blue Cross Blue Shield, $1,250
8. Consumers Energy, $1,000
9. Robert Gerbel, accountant, $1,000
10. Don Young, Don Young Insurance, $1,000
11. John Whitney, Coloma, $1,000
12. Vicki Matthews, Coloma, $1,000
13. Michigan Action Committee for Rural Electrification, $1,000

Top donors to Committee to Elect Pauline Wendzel for 2018:

1. Pauline Wendzel, candidate, $33,000
2. Michigan Farm Bureau, $2,650
3. Mildred and Alton Wendzel, Watervliet, $2,000
4. Bradley and Joyce Wendzel, Coloma Frozen Foods, $2,000
5. Sam and Connie Monte, Benton Harbor, $2,000
6. Realtors PAC, $1,900
7. Greater Rochester Leadership Fund, Mike Webber, $1,000
8. Rodney Winkel, Watervliet, $1,000
9. Nick Scalise, Nardo Builders, $1,000
10. Sally Ernst, St. Joseph, $1,000
11. Robert Gerbel, St. Joseph, $1,000

Campaign finance reports can be found in the Michigan Secretary of State's campaign finance database. If you see an error in the above data, please contact us at mcfn@mcfn.org.

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