Updated: January 27, 2014
Senator Cowles was first elected to the Assembly in 1982 and to the Senate in an April 1987 special election.
Senator Cowles was one of nine senators facing recall elections in 2011 spurred by the passage of Governor Scott Walker's plan to curtail public employee collective bargaining rights. He had no primary opposition and faced Democratic opposition in the August recall election.
American Federation for Children Action Fund IE Committee ($1,015), NFIB Safe Trust ($285), NRA Political Victory Fund ($9,195) and Wisconsin Right to Life PAC ($482) made independent expenditures favoring Senator Cowles.
DFA-Wisconsin ($13,273), DLCC Wisconsin PAC ($2), Greater Wisconsin Political Independent Expenditure Fund ($25,513), PCCC Recall Committee ($318), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Political Fund ($7,083), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Inc. ($6,800), We Are Wisconsin PAC ($268,487) and Wisconsin WOMEN VOTE! ($2,635) made independent expenditures supporting his opponent.
One group, Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama PAC (estimated $2,083), made independent expenditures in support of Senator Cowles but did not register with the state's Government Accountability Board or file any other legally mandated documentation.
Americans for Prosperity and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce spent undisclosed sums on "issue ads" in support of Senator Cowles. Greater Wisconsin Committee and Progressive Change Campaign Committee & Democracy for America spent undisclosed sums on "issue ads" in opposition.
2011 Recall Election Finance Summary
Raised: $196,868 - Spent: $105,002
Vote: 57.4% - Cost/Vote: $3.88
Disclosed Independent Spending: $10,977
Raised: $321,200 - Spent: $320,337
Vote: 42.4% - Cost/Vote: $16.04
Disclosed Independent Spending: $324,112
Cowles’ Committee Assignments
2011-2012: Energy, Biotechnology, and Consumer Protection (Chair); Workforce Development, Small Business and Tourism; Mining Jobs (September 2011-February 2012); Joint Legislative Audit (Co-chair); Joint Information Policy and Technology; Information Technology Management Board; Special Committee on Domestic Biofuels; Special Committee on Single-Use Plastics.
2009-2010: Commerce, Utilities, Energy and Rail; Audit; Administrative Rules; Joint Review of Administrative Rules; Joint Audit; Joint Information Policy and Technology; Information Technology Board; Special Committee on Domestic Biofuels.
*All figures represent candidate income before any returns.
|$53,760 (40.1%)||$80,184 (59.9%)|
*Includes all contributions from contributors of $100 or more to the candidate in a calendar year.
Excludes any returned and self contributions.
Individuals and Committees*
|Manufacturing & Distributing||$16,710.31|
|Banking & Finance||$7,625.00|
|Civil servant/public employee||$2,050.00|
|Telecommunications & Computers||$900.00|
*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.
|Kress Family||Green Bay, WI||Green Bay Packaging||$3,100|
|Gentine, Louis & Michele||Elkhart Lake, WI||Sargento Inc||$2,000|
|Grohne, Dave & Margaret||Wilmington, IL||Independence Tube Corp||$2,000|
|Hillis, Robert||Milwaukee, WI||Direct Supply Inc||$2,000|
|Lucier, Larry & Jeanne||Green Bay, WI||Green Bay Seven-Up Bottling Co||$2,000|
|Rauscher, Linda & Paul||De Pere, WI||EMT International||$2,000|
|Wachowski, Scott||Two Rivers, WI||Scotts Vending Inc||$2,000|
|Betz, Mark||De Pere, WI||Packer City International Trucks||$1,750|
|Dahlin, Bernard||Green Bay, WI||Nichols Paper Co||$1,600|
|Hovde, Donald & Eric||Washington, DC||Hovde Financial||$1,500|