The parents of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson donated the maximum amount to the campaign of their son’s Democratic rival, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
Nicholson is in a primary battle against Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir, with the winner advancing to take on Baldwin in the fall.
Federal records show Nicholson’s parents, Michael and Donna Nicholson, both gave $2,700 in December to Baldwin.
Nicholson is a former Democrat, but his parents have a long history of donating to Democratic candidates.
CNN first reported the donations to Baldwin.
Nicholson says in a statement, “My parents have a different worldview than I do, and it is not surprising that they would support a candidate like Tammy Baldwin who shares their perspective.”
Nicholson says he is a conservative by choice “not because I was born one.”