Shirley S. AbrahamsonPicture: School Superintendent Shirley S. AbrahamsonWisconsin State Supreme Court

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2009 Election Notes and Background

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.

Advancing Wisconsin (est. $100,000) and Greater Wisconsin Committee (est. $465,000) spent undisclosed amounts on "issue ads" supporting Justice Abrahamson.

2009 Campaign Finance Summary
Abrahamson
Raised: $1,469,621 - Spent: $1,465,578
Vote: 59.7% - Cost/Vote: $3.09
Independent Backing: $12,130
Issue Ads: $565,000
Koschnick
Raised: $186,556 - Spent: $189,153
Vote: 40.3% - Cost/Vote: $0.59
Independent Backing: $153
Issue Ads: $0

Where did the money come from?*
Pie Chart: Money Sources
Cash on hand 1/1/08* $0
Self $98,923
Under $100 $135,464
$100 or more $1,113,789
PACs & Parties $104,027
Other Income $17,419
WECF** $0
*No financial activity before 2008.
**voluntary spending limit system.

Interest Group Contributions from
Individuals and Committees*
1/1/08-6/30/09**
Interest Amount
Lawyers/Law Firms/Lobbyists $459,694.96
Retired/Homemakers/Non-income earners $112,042.04
Labor Unions $105,838.61
Education $98,020.00
Civil servant/public employee $66,711.42
Business $51,331.47
Health Professionals $50,651.30
Real Estate $36,830.00
Banking & Finance $31,820.00
Construction $31,455.28
Health Services/Institutions $28,395.11
Manufacturing & Distributing $21,575.00
Telecommunications & Computers $20,185.00
Tourism/Leisure/Entertainment $17,410.02
Non-Profit/Social Services $16,925.00
Political/Ideological $14,911.87
Energy $9,875.00
Natural Resources $8,100.00
Unknown $7,400.00
Transportation $6,500.00
Insurance $5,500.00
Agriculture $4,894.00
Defense $300.00
Road Construction $300.00
*Excludes any returned and self contributions.
**Ten year election cycle but no financial activity before 2008.

Top Contributors
7/1/89-6/30/09*
Contributor City Business Amount
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.

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