When your parents donate to your political opponent

One way for your parents to show they disapprove of your political aspirations is to donate — to your opponent.

That’s exactly what the parents of Wisconsin GOP Senate hopeful Kevin Nicholson did, maxing out donations to his Democratic opponent, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, according to Federal Election Commission records.

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Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., speaks on Capitol Hill, April 25, 2017.

Just months after their son announced his campaign to unseat Baldwin, Donna and Mike Nicholson each gave her $2,700 — the maximum amount legally permitted per election.

One person who wasn’t surprised: Kevin Nicholson.

“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 said in a statement provided to ABC News.

Nicholson, a relative newcomer to Republican politics, has been open about his ideological evolution, including his upbringing in a Democratic family and even his past as president of the College Democrats of America.

“I’m a conservative today not because I was born one,” Nicholson said, “but because of the experience I earned as a Marine in combat, my experience as a husband and father, my choice to be a Christian, the schools I chose to attend and the decision to pursue the career that I have.”

His mother, Donna Nicholson, has been just as committed to her liberal leanings, making several hundred small and mid-sized donations totaling more than $10,000 to Democratic candidates and PACs over the last 10 years.

And this is not the first time she has supported Baldwin: She donated more than $400 to her between 2012 and 2016, but nowhere near the $5,400 she and her husband donated in December.

Democrats tracking the race closely tell ABC News the political tension between family members -– playing out on the national stage — raises questions about when and how Kevin Nicholson became a Republican and how he’s…

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