Senator Jim Holperin (D) ConoverPicture: Senator Jim HolperinSenate District 12

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2011 Recall Election Notes and Background

Senator Holperin was first elected to the Assembly in 1982, retired from the Assembly in 1994 and first elected to the Senate in 2008.

Senator Holperin was one of nine senators facing recall elections in 2011, recall spurred by the passage of Governor Scott Walker's plan to curtail public employee collective bargaining rights. He had no primary opposition and faced Republican opposition in the August recall election.

DLCC Wisconsin PAC ($87), Greater Wisconsin Political Independent Expenditure Fund ($646,140), PCCC Recall Committee ($2,610), PFFW Defense Fund ($407), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Political Fund ($2,438), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Inc. ($10,000), We Are Wisconsin PAC ($1,355,826), WEAC PAC ($31,010), Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters IE Committee ($8,619) and Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters PAC ($32,854) made independent expenditures favoring Senator Holperin.

NFIB Safe Trust ($285), Republican State Leadership Committee Inc. ($346,495), Taxpayers Hoping for Change ($6,768) and Wisconsin Right to Life ($2,502) made independent expenditures supporting his opponent.

Our Country Deserves Better (estimated $12,500) made independent expenditures favoring Senator Holperin's opponent but did not register with the state's Government Accountability Board and did not file any other legally required documentation.

Greater Wisconsin Committee spent undisclosed sums on "issue ads" in support of Senator Holperin. Americans for Prosperity, Jobs First Coalition, Republican State Leadership Committee and State Government Leadership Foundation spent undisclosed sums on "issue ads" in opposition.

2011 Recall Election Finance Summary
Holperin
Raised: $580,053 - Spent: $554,749
Vote: 55.1% - Cost/Vote: $18.22
Disclosed Independent Spending: $2,089,992
Simac
Raised: $335,360 - Spent: $309,323
Vote: 44.7% - Cost/Vote: $12.53
Disclosed Independent Spending: $356,050
Holperin’s Committee Assignments

2011-2012: Agriculture, Forestry and Higher Education; Natural Resources and Environment; Workforce Development, Small Business and Tourism; Special Committee on Strategic Job Creation; Special Committee on Review of the Managed Forest Land Program; Special Committee on Single-Use Plastics; Revenue and Local Planning.

2009-2010: Rural Issues, Biofuels and Information Technology; Small Business, Emergency Preparedness, Technical Colleges and Consumer Protection; Transportation, Tourism, Forestry and Natural Resources (Chair); Administrative Rules (Co-chair); Joint Review of Administrative Rules (Co-chair).


Where did the money come from?*
Pie Chart: Money Sources
Cash on hand 1/1/09 $7,299
Self $0
Under $100 $208,767
$100 or more $196,037
PACs & Parties $175,079
Other Income $170

*All figures represent candidate income before any returns.


Contributions of $100 or More*
1/1/09-9/7/11
In-District Out-District
$66,434 (33.9%) $129,603 (66.1%)

*Includes all contributions from contributors of $100 or more to the candidate in a calendar year.
Excludes any returned and self contributions.

Interest Group Contributions from
Individuals and Committees*
1/1/09-9/7/11
Interest Amount
Political/Ideological $119,538.76
Retired/Homemakers/Non-income earners $59,150.33
Labor Unions $56,395.83
Education $23,096.59
Lawyers/Law Firms/Lobbyists $18,291.00
Business $13,189.24
Unknown $13,020.00
Health Professionals $10,491.56
Civil servant/public employee $10,183.57
Health Services/Institutions $5,770.00
Manufacturing & Distributing $5,493.89
Insurance $5,350.00
Banking & Finance $5,248.11
Real Estate $4,503.45
Tourism/Leisure/Entertainment $4,211.11
Agriculture $3,405.53
Natural Resources $3,258.33
Telecommunications & Computers $2,947.00
Energy $2,906.00
Construction $2,174.61
Non-Profit/Social Services $1,016.11
Transportation $785.00
Defense $390.00

*Individual contributions includes all contributions from contributors of $100 or more to the candidate in a calendar year.
Committee contributions of any amount are included. Any returned and self contributions are excluded.

Top Contributors
2005-August 2011
Contributor(s) City Business Amount
Bechthold Family Mequon, WI Payne & Dolan/Zenith Tech $8,000
Hoffman Family Black River Falls, WI Hoffman Construction $3,000
Wolfberg Family Winnetka, IL Payday Loan Store $3,000
Logan, Dwight & Barbara Minocqua, WI Retired $2,540
Kraemer-Peterson Family Madison, WI Edward Kraemer & Sons Construction $2,500
Folsom, Tom Manitowish Waters, WI Folsom Cranberry $2,450
Armstrong, Jack Eagle River, WI Retired $2,300
Geisler, Chris & Margaret Madison, WI University of Wisconsin $2,250
Grinhaug, Leatha & Greg Bowler, WI Menominee Tribal Clinic $2,250
Ahlberg, Trevor & Harold Irving, TX Cash Store $2,000
Bryant, Bruce & Carol Three Lakes, WI Retired $2,000
Kagen, Steven & Gayle Appleton, WI Kagen Allergy Clinic $2,000
Katz, Don & Rebecca Krantz Madison, WI Many Stones Consulting $2,000
Kennedy Family Janesville, WI Rock Road Companies $2,000
Peterson Family Medford, WI James Peterson & Sons $2,000

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