Decorated Green Beret and Small Businessman Will Report $142,000 COH


Media release date: February 1, 2010 Campaign contact: Casey Himebauch 262.237.2158 

[Linn, WI…] Walworth County small businessman and Green Beret Ben Collins today will file his first campaign finance raising $147,234.50 and having more than $142,000 cash on hand for hisLieutenant Governor’s campaign.

Collins said he would focus his efforts on creating jobs and reinvigorating the state’s economy.

“Far too often career politicians say and do anything to get elected, and the result is a tax burden inWisconsin that punishes working families and main street businesses. You cannot raise taxes by $5 billion and expect the economy to grow. In fact, Wisconsin lost 163,000 jobs last year,” said Collins. “I’m honored by the support we’re receiving to restore fiscal sanity to Madison. It’s time to elect someone who has the courage and conservative principles to reject tax increases, make the necessary cuts to state spending and invest in new jobs that will make our state stronger.”

Collins, a decorated combat officer who completed three tours in Afghanistan, earned his Green Beret when he became a Special Forces Officer. He took command of a Special Forces Detachmentand served as the Assistant Operations Officer managing all the daily combat operations and contingency planning for over 150 Special Forces Soldiers. Collins valor and leadership in combat earned him the Army Commendation Medal with “V” device for Heroism.

Collins is a co-founder of defense technology and software pioneer, Aptus Technologies, Inc. Based in Lake Geneva, WI, the company’s mission is to translate lessons learned in combat quickly into new and improved technological solutions that will help protect the lives of American soldiers. The company has charted an ambitious course to grow and to create new, 21st-century jobs in Wisconsin and across the United States.

The Collins for Lieutenant Governor Campaign retained the fundraising services of Dan Morse, who is the former Finance Director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin and served as Deputy Finance Director for Governor Tommy G. Thompson.


 Paid for by Friends of Ben Collins, Jamie Forbeck Collins, Treasurer