2012 Recall Election Finance Profile - John Lehman

Senator John Lehman (D) RacinePicture: Senator John LehmanSenate District 21

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2012 Recall Election Notes and Background

Senator Lehman was first elected to the the Assembly in 1996, to the Senate in 2006, lost in 2010 and was reelected in a June 2012 recall election.

Recall elections were held in four Senate districts in 2012. Senator Lehman won a two-way primary and defeated the Republican incumbent in the recall election.

DLCC Wisconsin PAC ($11,724), Greater Wisconsin Political Independent Expenditure Fund ($408,369), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Fund ($622,618), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Inc. ($11,382), We Are Wisconsin Political Fund ($232,121), Wisconsin Education Assocation Council ($1,072), Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters IE Committee ($50,891) and Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters PAC ($809) made independent expenditures favoring Senator Lehman.

GOPAC Wisconsin ($48,531), NRA Political Victory Fund ($127), Republican State Leadership Committee Inc. ($34,114) and Wisconsin Right to Life PAC ($1,358) made independent expenditures supporting his opponent.

One group, Wisconsin Recall Action Fund spent an estimated $220,000 and ran advertising campaigns that met the legal standards for independent expenditures, but never reported its spending as required by law. Two years later, in August 2014, Wisconsin Recall Action Fund filed reports claiming it spent only $9,500 on Lehman’s recall election. The late reports, however, clearly devote only a fraction of the group’s total $1.9 million in spending during the first half of 2012 to its spending on recall electioneering activities.

Greater Wisconsin Committee spent undisclosed amounts on "issue ads" supporting Senator Lehman. American Federation for Children, Americans for Prosperity, Center for Union Facts, Club for Growth Wisconsin, MacIver Institute for Public Policy and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce spent undisclosed amounts on "issue ads" in opposition.

2012 Recall Election Finance Summary
Raised: $226,142 - Spent: $213,666
Vote: 50.5% - Cost/Vote: $5.88
Disclosed Independent Spending: $1,338,985
Raised: $430,245 - Spent: $413,550
Vote: 49.4% - Cost/Vote: $11.64
Disclosed Independent Spending: $84,130
Lehman’s Committee Assignments

2013-2014: Education; Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining and Revenue; Joint Legislative Audit; Joint Survey on Tax Exemptions; Review of the Common Core Standards Initiative.

2011-2012: Education and Corrections (Chair); Children and Families, Disability Rights and Housing Sustainability; Job Training, Technical Colleges and Workforce Development; Labor, Consumer Buying Power and Consumer Protection; Joint Finance.

Where did the money come from?*
Pie Chart: Money Sources
Cash on hand 1/1/11 $5,501
Self $2,676
Under $100 $93,564
$100 or more $111,420
PACs & Parties $18,179
Other Income $304

*All figures represent candidate income before any returns.

Contributions of $100 or More*
In-District Out-District
$39,713 (35.6%) $71,707 (64.4%)

*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 $25,896.00
Retired/Homemakers/Non-income earners $23,665.00
Lawyers/Law Firms/Lobbyists $22,666.59
Education $13,823.00
Civil servant/public employee $6,435.00
Political/Ideological $6,059.00
Business $5,761.12
Unknown $4,681.50
Banking & Finance $4,260.00
Agriculture $3,400.00
Health Services/Institutions $3,144.72
Health Professionals $2,948.61
Manufacturing & Distributing $2,012.00
Non-Profit/Social Services $1,225.00
Telecommunications & Computers $1,150.00
Construction $1,075.00
Real Estate $910.00
Energy $276.25
Insurance $110.00
Natural Resources $100.00

*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
1995-June 2012
Contributor(s) City Business Amount
Lehman, John & Cathie Racine, WI Legislator/Racine County Opportunity Center $6,670
Stoll, Joe & Jo Madison, WI UW Hospital & Clinics/Legislative aide $4,000
Georgeson, John & Cynthia Racine, WI SC Johnson & Sons $3,520
Langendorf Family Racine, WI Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home/Images by Camela $3,350
Lehman, Warren & Phyllis Mt Pleasant, WI Retired $2,950
Drummond, James & Margo Racine, WI Retired $2,800
Katz, Don & Rebecca Krantz Madison, WI Many Stones Consulting $2,500
Fergus, James & Susan Racine, WI Kenosha Unified School District $2,150
Garvey, William Racine, WI Jazz Pharmaceuticals $2,150
Nettles, Willard & June Racine, WI All Saints Healthcare $2,100

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