2011 Recall Election Finance Profile - Luther Olsen

Senator Luther Olsen (R) RiponPicture: Senator Luther OlsenSenate District 14

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2011 Recall Election Notes and Background

Senator Olsen was first elected to the Assembly in 1994 and to the Senate in 2004.

Senator Olsen 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 was opposed in the August election by Fred Clark, the Democratic incumbent from the 42nd Assembly District.

American Federation for Children Action Fund IE Committee Inc. ($1,015), NFIB Safe Trust ($285), NRA Political Victory Fund ($12,080), Volunteers for Agriculture ($32,012) and Wisconsin Right to Life PAC ($2,662) made independent expenditures favoring Senator Olsen.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Inc. ($4,254), DFA-Wisconsin ($158,555), DLCC Wisconsin PAC ($2), Friends of Ann Schmidt ($253), Greater Wisconsin Political Independent Expenditure Fund ($504,718), MoveOn.org Political  Action Wisconsin IE Committee ($44,584), PCCC Recall Commmittee ($20,169), PCCC Recall Fund IE ($129,763), People for the American Way ($38,295), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Political Fund ($5,291), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Inc. ($11,600), We Are Wisconsin PAC ($1,933,025), WEAC PAC ($74,074), Winnebagoland Uniserv PAC ($9,172), Wisconsin Sierra Club Education Committee ($7,278) and Working America ($6,594) made independent expenditures supporting his opponent.

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

American Federation for Chidren, Americans for Prosperity, Club for Growth Wisconsin, Presidential Coalition and Wisconsin Family Action Inc. spent undisclosed sums on "issue ads" in support of Senator Olsen. Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Greater Wisconsin Committee, One Wisconsin Now and Progressive Change Campaign Committee & Democracy for America spent undisclosed sums on "issue ads" in opposition.

2011 Recall Election Finance Summary
Raised: $263,280 - Spent: $269,346
Vote: 52.1% - Cost/Vote: $10.14
Disclosed Independent Spending: $48,054
Raised: $374,927 - Spent: $383,813
Vote: 47.8% - Cost/Vote: $15.76
Disclosed Independent Spending: $2,948,256
Olsen’s Committee Assignments

2011-2012: Education (Chair); Finance; Insurance and Housing; Joint Finance; Special Committee on School Safety; Special Committee on Justice Reinvestment Initiative Oversight; Special Committee on Spousal Maintenance Awards in Divorce Proceedings; Special Committee on Health Care Access (Chair).

2009-2010: Education; Environment; Finance; Joint Finance; Special Committee on School Safety; Special Committee on Justice Reinvestment Initiative Oversight.

Where did the money come from?*
Pie Chart: Money Sources
Cash on hand 1/1/09 $4,978
Self $0
Under $100 $34,906
$100 or more $187,213
PACs & Parties $41,100
Other Income $61

*All figures represent candidate income before any returns.

Contributions of $100 or More*
In-District Out-District
$67,692 (36.2%) $119,521 (63.8%)

*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
Political/Ideological $22,600.00
Tourism/Leisure/Entertainment $20,450.00
Retired/Homemakers/Non-income earners $19,289.50
Health Professionals $18,267.00
Manufacturing & Distributing $17,664.90
Health Services/Institutions $17,625.00
Banking & Finance $16,017.20
Real Estate $12,209.00
Agriculture $11,509.38
Unknown $10,655.00
Construction $10,100.00
Insurance $8,525.00
Business $7,480.00
Natural Resources $7,343.50
Lawyers/Law Firms/Lobbyists $6,985.00
Road Construction $4,450.00
Education $4,307.55
Energy $4,150.00
Transportation $3,700.00
Telecommunications & Computers $2,000.00
Labor Unions $1,450.00
Civil servant/public employee $1,235.00
Non-Profit/Social Services $300.00

*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
Radtke Family Winneconne, WI Bob Radtke Inc $5,324
Olsen, Luther Berlin, WI Legislator $3,100
DeVos, Dick & Betsy Grand Rapids, MI Alticor/Windquest $3,000
Hume Family San Francisco, CA Basic American Foods/Frosch International Travel $3,000
Kennedy, William Janesville, WI Rock Road Companies $3,000
Olsen, Vivadell Berlin, WI Retired $2,650
Walz, Robert & Viveca Portage, WI Cascade Mountain $2,500
Yeomans, Steven Ripon, WI Yeomans-Edinger Chiropractic Center $2,250
Bloch, Burton Green Lake, WI Dentist $2,000
Gelhar, James Ripon, WI AF Gelhar Co Inc $2,000
Gentine, Louis P & Michele Elkhart Lake, WI Sargento Inc $2,000
Kohler, Terry & Mary Sheboygan, WI Windway Capital $2,000
Laskaris, Nicholaos D & Eva Lake Delton, WI Big Chief $2,000

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