Updated: September 21, 2001
Superintendent of Public Instruction
2001 Election Notes and Background
Madison Public School principal Elizabeth Burmaster first ran and was elected Superintendent of Public Instruction in April, 2001.
*Her opponent was three-time school superintendent candidate and one-time Republican candidate for Secretary of State, Hortonville school teacher Linda Cross.
* The Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), the state’s largest teachers union and a perennial campaign powerhouse, reported making independent expenditures of $276,324 on televison ads supporting Burmaster and attacking her opponent. The Milwaukee based Human Rights League also spent $32 in her support. Meanwhile, the Republican Party of Wisconsin spent undisclosed sums on "issue ads" attacking Burmaster, and Todd Rongstad of the Valkyrie Group and Project Vote Informed threatened -- but failed -- to become involved on behalf of Linda Cross.
2001 Campaign Finance Summary
Raised: $511,643 - Spent: $503,618
Vote: 59.8% - Cost/Vote: $1.14
Independent Backing: $276,356
Raised: $140,661 - Spent: $141,628
Vote: 40% - Cost/Vote: $0.48
Independent Backing: $0
Where did the money come from?*
| || |
|Cash on hand 7/1/97 ||$0 |
|Self ||$116,915 |
|Under $100 ||$81,789 |
|$100 or more ||$151,682 |
|PACs & Parties ||$159,742 |
|Other Income ||$1,515 |
|WECF* ||$0 |
|*voluntary spending limit system. |
*Individuals giving $100 or more and all PAC, party and candidate committee contributions.
|Contributor(s) ||City ||Business ||Amount |
|Burmaster, Elizabeth ||Madison, WI ||Madison Public Schools/Candidate ||$116,915 |
|Schantz, Edward ||Madison, WI ||Retired ||$10,000 |
|Kohl, Herbert ||Milwaukee, WI ||US senator ||$7,000 |
|Boyer, David ||Madison, WI ||Madison Cutting Die Inc ||$6,157 |
|Kohler, Julilly ||Milwaukee, WI ||JWK Real Estate ||$6,000 |
|Uihlein, Lynde ||Milwaukee, WI ||Women’s Choice 2000 ||$5,000 |
|Rosenberg, John ||Milwaukee, WI ||Telecheck Wisconsin (Retired) ||$3,000 |
|Taylor, Carolyn ||Cross Plains, WI ||Retired ||$2,600 |
|Ritz, Esther Leah ||Milwaukee, WI ||Retired ||$2,200 |
|Layde, Margaret ||Milwaukee, WI ||Medical College of Wisconsin ||$1,850 |
|McDonald, Merle ||New Berlin, WI ||Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction ||$1,550 |
|George, Michael ||Madison, WI ||Wisconsin School Music Assn ||$1,363 |
|Craney, Diane ||Madison, WI ||Wisconsin Education Association Council(Spouse’s employer) ||$1,200 |
*Beginning of election cycle. Elizabeth Burmaster did not actually begin fund-raising until 2000.