2011 Recall Election Finance Profile - Robert Wirch

Senator Robert Wirch (D) Pleasant PrairiePicture: Senator Robert WirchSenate District 22

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2011 Recall Election Notes and Background

Senator Wirch was first elected to the Assembly in 1992 and to the Senate in 1996.

Senator Wirch 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 Republican opposition in the August recall election.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Inc. ($37,240), DLCC Wisconsin PAC ($26), Greater Wisconsin Political Independent Expenditure Fund ($49,615), PCCC Recall Committee ($2,333), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Political Fund ($4,335), Voces de la Frontera Committee ($9,718), We Are Wisconsin PAC ($877,395), WEAC PAC ($87,670), Wisconsin Sierra Club Education Committee ($1,200) and Working America ($18,210) made independent expenditures favoring Senator Wirch.

NFIB Safe Trust ($285), Taxpayers Hoping for Change ($2,765) and Wisconsin Right to Life PAC ($482) made independent expenditures supporting his opponent.

Two groups, Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama PAC (estimated $12,500) and Our Country Deserves Better (estimated $12,500) made independent expenditures favoring Senator Wirch's opponent but did not register with the state Government Accountability Board or file any other legally required documentation.

2011 Recall Election Finance Summary
Raised: $307,725 - Spent: $354,555
Vote: 57.4% - Cost/Vote: $13.37
Disclosed Independent Spending $1,087,742
Estimated "issue ad" and independent spending: $0
Raised: $176,641 - Spent: $169,205
Vote: 42.5% - Cost/Vote: $8.61
Disclosed Independent Spending: $3,532
Estimated "issue ad" and independent spending: $25,000
Wirch’s Committee Assignments

2011-2012: Energy, Biotechnology and Consumer Protection; Labor, Public Safety and Urban Affairs; Natural Resources and Environment; Special Committee on Infant Mortality; Special Committee on Building Wisconsin's Workforce; Special Committee on Strategic Job Creation.

2009-2010: Commerce, Utilities, Energy and Rail; Environment; Labor, Elections and Urban Affairs; Small Business, Emergency Preparedness, Technical Colleges and Consumer Protection (Chair); Joint Survey Retirement Systems (Co-chair); Small Business Regulatory Board; Joint Legislative Council; Special Committee on Building Wisconsin's Workforce.

Where did the money come from?*
Pie Chart: Money Sources
Cash on hand 1/1/09 $53,626
Self $0
Under $100 $140,334
$100 or more $94,131
PACs & Parties $72,979
Other Income $281

*All figures represent candidate income before any returns.

Contributions of $100 or More*
In-District Out-District
$37,733 (40.5%) $55,387 (59.5%)

*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
Labor Unions $59,136.44
Retired/Homemakers/Non-income earners $20,646.51
Political/Ideological $17,091.82
Education $13,710.38
Unknown $7,141.00
Civil servant/public employee $7,027.08
Business $6,386.11
Lawyers/Law Firms/Lobbyists $5,179.83
Health Services/Institutions $4,677.78
Manufacturing & Distributing $4,177.78
Health Professionals $4,032.67
Construction $2,635.33
Tourism/Leisure/Entertainment $2,524.10
Telecommunications & Computers $2,350.00
Agriculture $2,005.56
Real Estate $1,683.33
Energy $1,415.00
Insurance $1,100.00
Banking & Finance $960.89
Transportation $595.00
Non-Profit/Social Services $497.11
Defense $125.00

*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-September 2011
Contributor(s) City Business Amount
Wirch, Robert & Mary Pleasant Prairie, WI Legislator $8,900
Tenuta Family Kenosha, WI Tenuta's Deli & Liquors $4,400
Edenhofer, Carl L & Karen R Salem, WI Edenhofer Law Offices/Brighton School $3,600
Troha Family Kenosha, WI ATC Leasing Co/JHT Holdings Inc/Jupiter Transportation Co $3,000
OConnor, John Kenosha, WI OConnor, DuMez, et al $2,950
Meisler, Allen & Herbert Birmingham, AL Dairyland Greyhound Park $2,855
Hanson, Thomas & Lois Rhinelander, WI Wisconsin Cable Communications Assn $2,650
Broydrick, Bill & Cynthia Washington, DC Broydrick & Associates $2,500
Gerrars, M William La Crosse, WI Gerrard Ventures $2,500
Thompson, Michael Kenosha, WI Family Foot Clinics of Wisconsin $2,410

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