2016 Campaign Finance Profile - Luther Olsen

Senator Luther Olsen (R) RiponPicture: Senator Luther OlsenSenate District 14

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2016 Election Notes and Background

Senator Olsen was first elected to the Assembly in 1994 and to the Senate in 2004.

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

NRA Political Victory Fund - Federal PAC ($4,686) and WMC Jobs Fund ($425,671) made independent expenditures favoring Senator Olsen. Construction Trades Coalition ($10,458), For Our Future ($944), Wisconsin Prosperity ($200,960) and Working America Coalition ($450) supported his opponent.

Wisconsin Freedom Alliance (estimated $175,000) spent undisclosed sums on "issue ads" supporting Senator Olsen. Greater Wisconsin Committee (estimated $815,000) and Prosperity for Everyday People (estimated $575,000) favored his opponent.

2016 Campaign Finance Summary
Olsen
Raised: $401,263 - Spent: $398,930
Vote: 57.1% - Cost/Vote: $8.44
Disclosed Independent Backing: $430,357
Estimated "Issue Ad" Spending: $175,000
Smith
Raised: $581,106 - Spent: $488,143
Vote: 42.9% - Cost/Vote: $13.73
Disclosed Independent Backing: $212,812
Estimated"Issue Ad" Spending: $1.39 million
Olsen’s Committee Assignments

2017-2018: Education (Chair); Finance (Vice-Chair); Insurance, Housing and Trade (Vice-Chair); Natural Resources and Energy; Joint Finance (Vice-Chair).

2015-2016: Education (Chair); Finance (Vice-Chair); Insurance, Housing and Trade (Vice-Chair); Natural Resource and Energy; Joint Finance (Vice-Chair).

 
Where did the money come from?*
Pie Chart: Money Sources
Cash on hand 1/1/13** $9,540
Self $0
Under $100 $12,631
$100 or more $140,237
PACs & Parties $248,394
Other Income $0

*All figures represent candidate income before any returns.
**Beginning of candidate's election cycle.

 
Contributions of $100 or More*
1/1/13-12/31/16**
In-District Out-District
$34,441 (24.6%) $105,796 (75.4%)

*Includes all contributions from contributors of $100 or more to the candidate in a calendar year.

Self contributions are excluded.

Returned contributions are excluded at our discretion.

**Dates coincide with candidate's election cycle.

 
Interest Group Contributions from
Individuals and Committees*
1/1/13-12/31/16**
Interest Amount
Political/Ideological $182,339.48
Tourism/Leisure/Entertainment $24,306.77
Health Services/Institutions $21,850.00
Insurance $19,115.00
Construction $17,453.00
Agriculture $13,900.00
Banking & Finance $11,700.00
Health Professionals $10,870.00
Energy $10,500.00
Manufacturing & Distributing $10,300.00
Natural Resources $10,067.00
Real Estate $8,655.00
Business $8,350.00
Lawyers/Law Firms/Lobbyists $6,465.00
Education $6,350.00
Road Construction $5,650.00
Transportation $5,500.00
Retired/Homemakers/Non-income earners $4,860.00
Unknown $3,650.00
Telecommunications & Computers $2,850.00
Labor Unions $2,750.00
Civil servant/public employee $1,150.00

*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.

Self contributions are excluded.

Returned contributions are excluded at our discretion.

**Dates coincide with candidate's election cycle.

 
Top Contributors
1993-2016
Contributor(s) City Business Amount
Radtke Family Winneconne, WI Bob Radtke Inc $6,324
Waterman Family Oconomowoc, WI Great Wolf Resorts/Waterman Waterpark Consulting/
Waterman Log Crafters
$4,600
Bloch, Burton & Mary Green Lake, WI Dentist $4,000
Hume Family San Francisco, CA Basic American Foods/Frosch International Travel $4,000
Walz, Robert & Viveca Portage, WI Cascade Mountain $4,000
Gelhar, James Ripon, WI AF Gelhar Co Inc $3,250
Luther Olsen & Family Wautoma, WI Legislator $3,200
DeVos, Betsy & Richard Grand Rapids, MI Windquest/Alticor $3,000
Kennedy, William Janesville, WI Rock Road Companies $3,000
Laskaris, Nick & Eva Wisconsin Dells, WI Big Chief $3,000
Wade, Owen & Christy Endeavor, WI Arbor Green Inc $3,000

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