2011 Recall Election Finance Profile - Sheila Harsdorf

Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R) River FallsPicture: Senator Sheila HarsdorfSenate District 10

Election NotesMoney SourcesTop ContributorsBig MoneyProfile Index

2011 Recall Election Notes and Background

Senator Harsdorf was first elected to the Assembly in 1992, retired from the Assembly in 1998, and first elected to the Senate in 2000.

Senator Harsdorf 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. She had no primary opposition and faced Democratic opposition in the August recall election.

American Federation for Children Action Fund IE Committee Inc. ($1,015), NFIB Safe Trust ($285), NRA Political Victory Fund ($12,362), Volunteers for Agriculture ($23,648) and Wisconsin Right to Life PAC ($482) made independent expenditures favoring Senator Harsdorf.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Inc. ($4,935), DLCC Wisconsin PAC ($2), Greater Wisconsin Political Independent Expenditure Fund ($115,448), Irreverent Contingent ($1,150), PCCC Recall Committee ($479), PFFW Defense Fund ($407), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Political Fund ($14,153), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Inc. ($10,000), We Are Wisconsin PAC ($1,968,441), WEAC PAC ($60,026), Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters IE Committee ($16,400) and Wisconsin WOMEN VOTE! ($155,464) made independent expenditures supporting her opponent.

One group, Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama PAC (estimated $2,083), made independent expenditures in support of Senator Harsdorf but did not register with the state's Government Accountability Board or file any other legally mandated documentation.

American Federation for Children, Citizens for a Strong America, Club for Growth Wisconsin and Jobs First Coalition spent undisclosed sums on "issue ads" in support of Senator Harsdorf. 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: $618,048 - Spent: $589,074
Vote: 57.6% - Cost/Vote: $15.88
Disclosed Independent Spending: $37,792
Raised: $399,812 - Spent: $397,897
Vote: 42.3% - Cost/Vote: $14.60
Disclosed Independent Spending: $2,346,906
Harsdorf ’s Committee Assignments

2011-2012: Agriculture, Forestry and Higher Education; Finance; State and Fedeal Relations and Information Technology (Chair); Joint Finance; Joint Information Policy and Technology (Co-chair); Special Committee on Nanotechnology (Chair).

2009-2010: Agriculture and Higher Education; Commerce, Utilities, Energy and Rail; Joint Legislative Council.

Where did the money come from?*
Pie Chart: Money Sources
Cash on hand 1/1/09 $3,319
Self $0
Under $100 $108,353
$100 or more $469,268
PACs & Parties $40,276
Other Income $150

*All figures represent candidate income before any returns.

Contributions of $100 or More*
In-District Out-District
$215,056 (45.9%) $253,212 (54.1%)

*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*
Interest Amount
Retired/Homemakers/Non-income earners $127,811.00
Health Professionals $34,564.00
Manufacturing & Distributing $33,396.00
Political/Ideological $33,095.38
Construction $31,841.01
Business $31,330.00
Banking & Finance $29,740.00
Agriculture $24,032.00
Unknown $20,905.00
Real Estate $19,995.00
Lawyers/Law Firms/Lobbyists $17,015.00
Transportation $14,590.00
Natural Resources $12,433.26
Tourism/Leisure/Entertainment $12,105.00
Education $11,615.00
Health Services/Institutions $11,385.00
Insurance $10,330.00
Telecommunications & Computers $10,244.00
Energy $9,562.86
Civil servant/public employee $5,990.00
Road Construction $4,250.00
Non-Profit/Social Services $1,925.00
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
1993-August 2011
Contributor(s) City Business Amount
Nelson, Grant & Carol Prescott, WI Retired $28,500
Derrick Family New Richmond, WI Derrick Construction Co $10,050
Houle, Helene St Paul, MN Retired $7,250
Friedlander, William & Sally Hudson, WI Retired $5,975
Rinehart Family River Falls, WI Dick's Market $5,640
Knox Family Jefferson, WI WD Hoard & Sons/Morgan & Myers $5,580
Schulte Family Ellsworth, WI Victory Fireworks $4,950
LaBelle, William P & Christine Menomonie, WI Sawdust City Real Estate $4,850
Thom, Roland & Rose Ellsworth, WI Woodshed Pizza & Drive-in Liquor $4,750
Uihlein Family Lake Forest, IL U-Line Corp $4,750

Election NotesMoney SourcesTop ContributorsBig MoneyProfile Index