2011 Recall Election Finance Profile - Jennifer Shilling

Senator Jennifer Shilling (D) La CrossePicture: Senator Jennifer ShillingSenate District 32

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2011 Recall Election Notes and Background

Senator Shilling was first elected to the Assembly in 2000 and to the Senate in an August 2011 recall election.

Recall elections were held in nine Senate districts in 2011 spurred by the passage of Governor Scott Walker's plan to curtail public employee collective bargaining rights. After winning a two-way primary, Senator Shilling defeated the Republican incumbent, Dan Kapanke,  in the August recall election.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Inc. ($4,208), DFA-Wisconsin ($13,273), DLCC Wisconsin PAC ($2), Greater Wisconsin Political Independent Expenditure Fund ($88,196), PCCC Recall Committee ($2,651), People for the American Way ($44,856), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Political Fund ($12,411), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Inc. ($11,600), We Are Wisconsin PAC ($611,044), WEAC PAC ($34,380), Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters IE Committee ($11,430), Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters PAC ($6,657), Wisconsin Sierra Club Education Committee ($17,949) and Wisconsin WOMEN VOTE! ($101,475) made independent expenditures favoring Senator Shilling.

American Federation for Children Action Fund IE Committee Inc. ($1,015), Faith Family Freedom Fund ($12,365), GOPAC Wisconsin PAC ($23,554), NFIB Safe Trust ($285), NRA Political Victory Fund ($1,183), Volunteers for Agriculture ($23,885) and Wisconsin Right to Life PAC ($482) made independent expenditures supporting her opponent.

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

Greater Wisconsin Committee, One Wisconsin Now and Progressive Change Campaign Committee & Democracy for America spent undisclosed sums on "issue ads" in support of Senator Shilling. Americans for Prosperity, Club for Growth Wisconsin, and Presidential Coalition spend undisclosed sums on "issue ads" in opposition.

2011 Recall Election Finance Summary
Raised: $399,982 - Spent: $423,255
Vote: 55.4% - Cost/Vote: $12.75
Disclosed Independent Spending: $960,132
Raised: $1,171,724 - Spent: $1,036,847
Vote: 44.6% - Cost/Vote: $38.80
Disclosed Independent Spending: $62,770
Shilling’s Committee Assignments

2011-2012: Finance; Economic Development and Veterans and Military Affairs; Agriculture, Forestry and Higher Education; Public Health, Human Services and Revenue; Joint Finance.

2009-2010: Member of the Assembly.

Where did the money come from?*
Pie Chart: Money Sources
Cash on hand 1/1/11** $51,988
Self $0
Under $100 $155,959
$100 or more $221,353
PACs & Parties $22,568
Other Income $102
**Reelected to Assembly in 2010.

*All figures represent candidate income before any returns.

Contributions of $100 or More*
In-District Out-District
$109,625 (50.4%) $107,933 (49.6%)

*Includes all contributions from contributors of $100 or more to the candidate in a calendar year.
Excludes any returned and self contributions.
*Reelected to the Assembly in 2010.

Interest Group Contributions from
Individuals and Committees*
Interest Amount
Retired/Homemakers/Non-income earners $58,806.75
Education $29,868.96
Lawyers/Law Firms/Lobbyists $19,500.18
Unknown $19,018.00
Labor Unions $16,305.11
Civil servant/public employee $15,478.61
Political/Ideological $14,763.48
Health Professionals $14,746.91
Business $9,310.00
Banking & Finance $5,327.05
Health Services/Institutions $5,181.94
Tourism/Leisure/Entertainment $5,175.19
Manufacturing & Distributing $5,113.00
Construction $3,845.04
Non-Profit/Social Services $3,724.22
Agriculture $3,040.83
Natural Resources $2,620.33
Telecommunications & Computers $2,380.36
Real Estate $1,750.00
Transportation $1,520.00
Insurance $1,300.00
Energy $725.00
Defense $250.00
Road Construction $150.00

*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.
**Reelected to the Assembly in 2010.

Top Contributors
1999-August 2011
Contributor(s) City Business Amount
Shilling, Jennifer & Christopher La Crosse, WI Legislator/CS Design $10,700
Padesky, Timothy & Tara Johnson La Crosse, WI TD Padesky Electric Inc/La Crosse County Board $2,508
Geisler, Chris & Margaret Madison, WI University of Wisconsin $2,000
Mathy Construction Onalaska, WI Mathy Construction $2,000
Melby, Bruce Onalaska, WI La Crosse Beverage $2,000
Stirling, Donald & Mary Gays Mills, WI Retired $2,000
Frank, Donald & Barbara La Crosse, WI Retired $1,950
Kind, Ronald & Tawni La Crosse, WI US representative/La Crosse Court Reporter $1,883
Myhre, James & Beverly Fleishman La Crosse, WI Organic Valley/Fleishman Law Office $1,850
Gundersen, Cameron & Rachel La Crosse, WI Physician $1,650

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