JACKSON, Wyo. — Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) is Wyoming’s top political contributor in the 2022 election, donating $1,134,900 to federal candidates, outside spending groups (including super PACs) and political parties, according to data from OpenSecrets, the nonprofit research group that tracks money in U.S politics.

According to the site, the contributions do not come directly from the organization itself but “from its PAC, individual members, owners or employees, and those individuals’ immediate families. Organizations themselves can not contribute directly to candidates and party committees.”

In JHMR’s case, this means the owners, the Kemmerer family, the resort’s employees and their families may be the source of these contributions. Total contributions for the 2022 election cycle are $1,194,800

The largest chunk of money, $654,000 was donated to the Republican National Committee followed by $125, 800 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee and $88,600 to the National Republican Congressional Committee. The Republican Party of Wyoming received $4,000.

Individual candidates received a total of $261,400 and include republican candidates such as Elise Stefanik ($13,700), Harriet Hageman ($11,600), Lauren Boebert ($8,700), Kevin McCarthy ($5,800), Marco Rubio ($5,800) and Dan Crenshaw ($5,800). Bernie Sanders was the loan democrat that picked up contributions, receiving $1,000.

Stefanik replaced Liz Cheney as the No.3 ranking Republican in the House following Cheney’s ousting in May 2021.

While the majority of contributions were made to candidates, five Leadership PAC’s received funding including the Majority Committee PAC, Steer PAC, Eye of the Tiger PAC, America Reloaded PAC and Common Values PAC.

According to the Federal Election Commission, “a Leadership PAC is a political committee that is directly or indirectly established, financed, maintained or controlled by a candidate or an individual holding a federal office.”

Total contributions by party of recipient over the years

Total contributions by party of recipient. Red denotes Republican Party, and blue Democratic. Photo: OpenSecrets

The second top contributor in Wyoming is First Republic Bank which contributed $524,800 to federal candidates and $735,430 total.

Data for the current election cycle was released by the Federal Election Commission on Oct. 16.

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.