Senator Dan Kapanke (R) La CrossePicture: Senator Dan KapankeSenate District 32

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2008 Election Notes and Background

Senator Kapanke was first elected to the Senate in 2004.

He was unopposed in the primary and faced Democratic opposition in the general election.

NRA Political Victory Fund ($1,383), Volunteers for Agriculture ($512) Wisconsin Right to Life PAC ($489) and Working Families PAC ($25,120) made independent expenditures favoring Senator Kapanke. Advancing Wisconsin ($15,361), Fair Wisconsin PAC ($128) and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin ($1,513) made independent expenditures supporting his opponent.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce spent undisclosed amounts on "issue ads" supporting Senator Kapanke and Building a Stronger Wisconsin spent undisclosed amounts on "issue ads" in opposition.

2008 Campaign Finance Summary
Raised: $342,263 - Spent: $332,245
Vote: 51.4% - Cost/Vote: $7.36
Independent Backing: $27,503
Raised: $266,383 - Spent: $276,440
Vote: 48.5% - Cost/Vote: $6.48
Independent Backing: $17,002
Kapanke’s Committee Assignments

2009-2010: Agriculture and Higher Education; Public Health, Senior Issues, Long-Term Care and Job Creation; Rural Issues, Biofuels and Information Technology; Special Committee on Justice Reinvestment Initiative Oversight.

2007-2008: Agriculture and Higher Education; Campaign Finance Reform, Rural Issues and Information Technology; Transportation, Tourism and Insurance.

Where did the money come from?*
Pie Chart: Money Sources
Cash on hand 1/1/05 $(561)
Self $0
Under $100 $46,428
$100 or more $274,277
PACs & Parties $17,494
Other Income $4,063
WECF** $0
**voluntary spending limit system.

*All figures represent candidate income before any returns.

Contributions of $100 or More*
In-District Out-District
$143,144 (52.5%) $129,533 (47.5%)
*Excludes any returned and self contributions.

Interest Group Contributions from
Individuals and Committees*
Interest Amount
Banking & Finance $34,568.20
Health Professionals $32,910.00
Construction $30,247.03
Manufacturing & Distributing $20,700.00
Road Construction $18,325.00
Unknown $16,295.00
Real Estate $15,895.00
Health Services/Institutions $15,305.00
Retired/Homemakers/Non-income earners $14,140.00
Insurance $13,564.20
Business $12,380.00
Transportation $8,270.00
Tourism/Leisure/Entertainment $8,050.00
Agriculture $7,030.00
Natural Resources $6,807.00
Political/Ideological $6,750.00
Energy $6,475.00
Telecommunications & Computers $5,300.00
Lawyers/Law Firms/Lobbyists $4,445.00
Education $4,150.00
Civil servant/public employee $4,050.00
Non-Profit/Social Services $3,115.00
Labor Unions $2,500.00
*Excludes any returned and self contributions.

Top Contributors
Contributor(s) City Business Amount
Kohler, Terry & Mary Sheboygan, WI Windway Capital $6,000
Gelatt Family La Crosse, WI Northern Engraving Corp/
Northern Micrographics
Walton Family Jackson, WY Wal-Mart Stores $5,100
Zignego Family Helenville, WI Zignego Co $4,500
Mathy Family La Crosse, WI Mathy Construction $4,250
Bechthold Family Delafield, WI Payne & Dolan/Zenith Tech $4,050
Michels Family Brownsville, WI Michels Corp $4,000
Radatz, Richard & Kathy Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Northwoods League $4,000
Knox Family Fort Atkinson, WI WD Hoard & Sons/Morgan & Myers $3,890
Hansen Family Onalaska, WI Nesnah Group/Venture Fuels $3,600

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