2012 Recall Election Finance Profile - Jerry Petrowski

Senator Jerry Petrowski (R) MarathonPicture: Senator Jerry PetrowskiSenate District 29

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2012 Recall Election Notes and Background

Senator Petrowski was first elected to the Assembly in 1998 and to the Senate in a June 2012 recall election.

Recall elections were held in four Senate districts in 2012. The incumbent in Senate District 29, Pam Galloway, resigned before the recall election so then-Represenative Jerry Petrowski of Assembly District 86 ran in her place. There was no Republican primary and he faced Democratic opposition in the recall election.

Corn PAC ($1,104), GOPAC Wisconsin ($14,789), National Rifle Assocation of America ($513), NRA Political Victory Fund ($381), Republican State Leadership Committee Inc. ($112,199) and Wisconsin Right to Life PAC ($1,058) made independent expenditures favoring Senator Petrowski.

DLCC Wisconsin PAC ($10,134), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Political Fund ($1,861), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Inc. ($10,006), We Are Wisconsin Political Fund ($47,835), Wisconsin Education Association Council ($2,327) and Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters PAC ($809) made independent expenditures supporting his opponent.

Center for Union Facts, Club for Growth Wisconsin and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce spent undisclosed amounts on "issue ads" supporting Senator Petrowski. Greater Wisconsin Committee spent undisclosed amounts on "issue ads" in opposition.

2012 Recall Election Finance Summary
Raised: $210,573 - Spent: $222,923
Vote: 61.3% - Cost/Vote: $5.05
Disclosed Independent Spending: $130,044
Raised: $200,901 - Spent: $215,486
Vote: 38.6% - Cost/Vote: $7.77
Disclosed Independent Spending: $72,972
Petrowski’s Committee Assignments

2013-2014: Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism; Economic Development and Local Government; Financial Institutions and Rural Issues; Transportation, Public Safety and Veterans and Military Affairs (Chair); Joint Legislative Council; Council on Highway Safety; State Council on Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children; Council on Military and State Relations; Transportation Projects Commission.

2011-2012: Member of the Assembly.

Where did the money come from?*
Pie Chart: Money Sources
Cash on hand 1/1/11 $18,705
Self $0
Under $100 $21,021
$100 or more $172,148
PACs & Parties $17,309
Other Income $95

*All figures represent candidate income before any returns.

Contributions of $100 or More*
In-District Out-District
$71,197 (41.4%) $100,751 (58.6%)

*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
Health Professionals $22,400.00
Manufacturing & Distributing $21,572.17
Construction $21,020.00
Banking & Finance $19,400.00
Retired/Homemakers/Non-income earners $18,619.00
Tourism/Leisure/Entertainment $10,697.23
Transportation $10,200.00
Agriculture $9,400.00
Natural Resources $7,189.50
Business $7,108.64
Insurance $6,400.00
Political/Ideological $6,000.00
Road Construction $5,950.00
Unknown $4,100.00
Real Estate $3,950.00
Health Services/Institutions $3,550.00
Lawyers/Law Firms/Lobbyists $3,000.00
Energy $2,850.00
Civil servant/public employee $2,800.00
Telecommunications & Computers $1,200.00
Education $1,100.00
Non-Profit/Social Services $750.00

*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
1997-June 2012
Contributor(s) City Business Amount
Petrowski Family Marathon, WI Legislator/Ginseng grower $15,344
Sonnentag Family Marathon, WI County Concrete $7,640
Schuette Family Sugar Grove, IL Wausau Homes $7,450
Natzke Family Marathon, WI Marth Wood Shavings/Marth Transportation/Strong Dental Office $6,250
Orr, San W Jr & Joanne Wausau, WI Wausau Paper $5,950
Brickner Family Marathon, WI Brickner Motors $5,940
Greenheck Family Weston, WI Greenheck Fan/Greenheck Law Firm $5,700
Creske Family Mosinee, WI Wausau Tile $4,800
Van Der Geest Family Merrill, WI Van Der Geest Dairy Cattle $4,350
Butler, John & Cindy Wausau, WI Plastic Surgery Group/TJ Maxx $4,100

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