2011 Recall Election Finance Profile - Robert Cowles

Senator Robert Cowles (R) Green BayPicture: Senator Robert CowlesSenate District 2

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2011 Recall Election Notes and Background

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
Cowles
Raised: $196,868 - Spent: $105,002
Vote: 57.4% - Cost/Vote: $3.88
Disclosed Independent Spending: $10,977
Nusbaum
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.


Where did the money come from?*
Pie Chart: Money Sources
Cash on hand 1/1/09 $20,130
Self $0
Under $100 $20,960
$100 or more $133,945
PACs & Parties $41,964
Other Income $0

*All figures represent candidate income before any returns.


Contributions of $100 or More*
1/1/09-8/31/11
In-District Out-District
$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.

Interest Group Contributions from
Individuals and Committees*
1/1/09-8/31/11
Interest Amount
Political/Ideological $44,963.66
Retired/Homemakers/Non-income earners $23,850.00
Manufacturing & Distributing $16,710.31
Health Professionals $14,471.71
Construction $11,342.50
Business $8,600.00
Banking & Finance $7,625.00
Health Services/Institutions $6,900.00
Real Estate $5,850.00
Tourism/Leisure/Entertainment $4,900.00
Agriculture $4,675.00
Insurance $4,660.00
Unknown $3,925.00
Transportation $3,850.00
Natural Resources $3,500.00
Energy $2,450.00
Civil servant/public employee $2,050.00
Lawyers/Law Firms/Lobbyists $1,835.00
Road Construction $1,000.00
Telecommunications & Computers $900.00
Education $850.00
Non-Profit/Social Services $800.00
Labor Unions $200.00

*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
1993-August 2011
Contributor(s) City Business Amount
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

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