Updated: January 27, 2014
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
Raised: $580,053 - Spent: $554,749
Vote: 55.1% - Cost/Vote: $18.22
Disclosed Independent Spending: $2,089,992
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).
*All figures represent candidate income before any returns.
|$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.
Individuals and Committees*
|Civil servant/public employee||$10,183.57|
|Manufacturing & Distributing||$5,493.89|
|Banking & Finance||$5,248.11|
|Telecommunications & Computers||$2,947.00|
*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.
|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|