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Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1976 by Democratic governor Patrick Lucey. She was first elected in 1979 and subsequently re-elected every ten years since. (For more, see Judgepedia biography.)
She was challenged in the election by Jefferson County Circuit Court judge Randy Koschnick.
Kenosha Education Assocation ($43), MTI Voters ($224), and Planned Parenthood Advocates ($11,863) made independent expenditures favoring Abrahamson. Randall Melchert ($153), a primary candidate for the Wisconsin Assembly in 2008, supported her opponent.
2009 Campaign Finance Summary
Raised: $1,469,621 - Spent: $1,465,578
Vote: 59.7% - Cost/Vote: $3.09
Independent Backing: $12,130
Issue Ads: $565,000
Raised: $186,556 - Spent: $189,153
Vote: 40.3% - Cost/Vote: $0.59
Independent Backing: $153
Issue Ads: $0
|Civil servant/public employee||$66,711.42|
|Banking & Finance||$31,820.00|
|Manufacturing & Distributing||$21,575.00|
|Telecommunications & Computers||$20,185.00|
*Excludes any returned and self contributions.
**Ten year election cycle but no financial activity before 2008.
|Abrahamson, Shirley & Seymour||Madison, WI||University of Wisconsin||$219,931|
|Quadracci, Harry & Betty||Milwaukee, WI||Quad-Graphics Inc||$20,000|
|Brogan Family||Kaukauna, WI||Bank of Kaukauna||$16,300|
|Herzing, Suzanne & Stacey||Milwaukee, WI||Herzing College||$12,500|
|Faulkner, Gordon & Judith||Madison, WI||Epic Systems||$12,000|
|Thomsen, Mark & Grace||Milwaukee, WI||Cannon & Dunphy||$11,750|
|Eisenberg, Alvin H||Milwaukee, WI||Eisenberg, Weigel, et al||$11,000|
|Erdman, Timothy & Mary Phillips||Madison, WI||Marshall Erdman & Associates||$10,750|
|Boyd, William & Karen Johnson||Racine, WI||Perimeter Gallery||$8,275|
|OConnor, John & Sheila||Kenosha, WI||OConnor & Williams||$7,784|
*Financial activity from the end of the 1989 and through the end of the 2009 election cycles.