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Kwik Trip Owners Hold Fundraiser for Presidential Candidate

Party nominee attends $2,700-per-plate event

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- The owners of the Kwik Trip convenience-store chain were among the sponsors of a $2,700-per-person fundraiser on Aug. 16 in La Crosse, Wis., for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The convenience-store chain’s owners Don and LaVonne Zietlow are regular contributors to Wisconsin legislative and statewide candidates, both Republicans and Democrats, according to a report by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

The Zietlows and Kwik Trip employees contributed about $212,650 between January 2010 and December 2015 to Wisconsin legislative and statewide candidates of both parties, the report said.

La Crosse-based Kwik Trip owns and operates 491 Kwik Trip and Kwik Star convenience stores, as well as Hearty Platter Restaurants and Tobacco Outlet Plus stores, in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

Trump stopped in La Crosse and Milwaukee to raise money, reported the Associated Press. The campaign did not release details, but Trump typically also holds public campaign stops while in battleground states, AP said.

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