2012 Campaign Finance Profile - Sheila Harsdorf

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

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2012 Election Notes and Background

Senator Harsdorf was first elected to the Assembly in 1988, elected to the Senate in 2000 after a two year retirement and reelected in an August 2011 recall election.

She was unopposed in the primary and faced Democratic opposition in the general election.

2012 Campaign Finance Summary
Raised: $111,669 - Spent: $130,247
Vote: 59.2% - Cost/Vote: $2.51
Independent Backing: $0
Raised: $8,479 - Spent: $6,681
Vote: 40.7% - Cost/Vote: $0.19
Independent Backing: $0
Harsdorf’s Committee Assignments

2013-2014: Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism; Energy, Consumer Protection and Government Reform; Finance; Universities and Technical Colleges (Chair); Finance; Joint Information Policy and Technology (Co-chair); Midwestern Higher Education Council.

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

Where did the money come from?*
Pie Chart: Money Sources
Cash on hand 9/1/11** $32,392
Self $0
Under $100 $19,919
$100 or more $75,247
PACs & Parties $16,000
Other Income $503
**Faced August 2011 recall election.

*All figures represent candidate income before any returns.

Contributions of $100 or More*
In-District Out-District
$48,862 (64.9%) $26,385 (35.1%)

*Includes all contributions from contributors of $100 or more to the candidate in a calendar year.
Excludes any returned and self contributions.
**Faced August 2011 recall election.

Interest Group Contributions from
Individuals and Committees*
Interest Amount
Retired/Homemakers/Non-income earners $19,150.00
Health Professionals $7,575.00
Manufacturing & Distributing $6,275.00
Business $5,925.00
Construction $5,765.00
Agriculture $5,625.00
Banking & Finance $5,010.00
Health Services/Institutions $4,800.00
Telecommunications & Computers $4,000.00
Real Estate $3,631.12
Transportation $3,485.00
Road Construction $3,000.00
Energy $2,825.00
Natural Resources $2,204.88
Education $1,935.00
Tourism/Leisure/Entertainment $1,856.12
Unknown $1,785.00
Insurance $1,600.00
Labor Unions $1,500.00
Lawyers/Law Firms/Lobbyists $1,450.00
Political/Ideological $1,300.00
Civil servant/public employee $350.00
Non-Profit/Social Services $200.00

*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.
**Faced August 2011 recall election.

Top Contributors
Contributor(s) City Business Amount
Nelson, Grant & Carol Prescott, WI Retired $30,500
Derrick Family New Richmond, WI Derrick Construction Co $10,425
Houle, Helene St Paul, MN Retired $7,250
Knox Family Fort Atkinson, WI WD Hoard & Sons/Morgan & Myers $6,580
Rinehart Family River Falls, WI Dick's Market $6,340
Friedlander, William & Sally Hudson, WI Retired $6,175
Schulte Family Ellsworth, WI Victory Fireworks $5,450
LaBelle, William P & Christine Menomonie, WI Sawdust City Real Estate $5,150
Springer, Don Hudson, WI Viking Electronics $4,975
Elefson, Vern & Jean River Falls, WI Retired $4,850

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