2006 Campaign Finance Profile - Barbara Lawton

Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton (D)Picture: Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton

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2006 Election Notes and Background

Lieutenant Governor Lawton was first elected in 2002.

Lawton first ran for state office in 1996 when she unsuccessfully challenged the Republican incumbent in the 30th Senate District. In 1998 she ran for lieutenant governor as part of Ed Garvey’s unsuccessful Democratic gubernatorial campaign.

She was was unopposed in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor in 2006.

Lawton raised more than twice as much as the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Rep. Jean Hundertmark. Her campaign committee transferred over $97,000 to the Doyle campaign, making it the largest contributor to the governor in the 2006 election cycle just as Hundertmark’s committee was the largest contributor for his Republican opponent. The candidates for lieutenant governor gave much more during the 2002 election however.

The Coulee Region United Educators ($1,894), the Human Rights League ($21), NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin ($57), Planned Parenthood Action Fund ($2,976), Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI ($137), SEIU PEA State Fund ($1,982) made independent expenditures supporting Lawton in 2006. The Milwaukee Police Assn ($99), the NRA Political Victory Fund ($39,681) and WI Right to Life ($339) made independent expenditures in support of her Republican counterpart.

2006 Campaign Finance Summary
Raised: $451,269
Spent: $309,044
Transfers to Doyle Campaign: $97,189
Independent Backing: $7,067
Raised: $208,177
Spent: $140,894
Transfers to Green Campaign: $78,700

Where did the money come from?*
Pie Chart: Money Sources
Cash on hand 1/1/03 $16,085
Self $0
Under $100 $70,298
$100 or more $214,667
PACs & Parties $150,113
Other Income $11,690
WECF** $4,501
**voluntary spending limit system.

*All figures represent candidate income before any returns.

Interest Group Contributions from
Individuals and Committees*
Interest Amount
Labor Unions $127,488.00
Retired/Homemakers/Non-income earners $33,644.57
Lawyers/Law Firms/Lobbyists $28,910.40
Education $23,380.00
Political/Ideological $19,723.00
Banking & Finance $19,575.00
Health Professionals $16,570.00
Business $15,991.00
Civil servant/public employee $13,795.52
Real Estate $11,800.00
Tourism/Leisure/Entertainment $11,463.23
Non-Profit/Social Services $7,963.54
Unknown $7,775.00
Construction $5,406.25
Health Services/Institutions $4,660.00
Telecommunications & Computers $3,566.60
Natural Resources $3,100.00
Manufacturing & Distributing $3,070.00
Agriculture $2,600.00
Insurance $1,350.00
Energy $1,000.00
Transportation $898.15
*Excludes any returned and self contributions.

Top Contributors
Contributor(s) City Business Amount
Barbara Lawton Family Green Bay, WI Lieutenant governor/CA Lawton Co $42,770
Yake Family Madison, WI MA College of Liberal Arts $22,606
Brogan Family Kaukauna, WI Wisconsin Converting Co/Bank of Kaukauna $19,500
Myhre Family Dallas, TX South Central Petroleum $14,800
Lawton Family De Pere, WI CA Lawton Co $10,100
Uihlein, Lynde Milwaukee, WI Brico Fund $9,075
Kohler, Julilly & Issa Hausmann Milwaukee, WI JWK Real Estate/First Weber Group $8,525
Imhoff, James Jr Madison, WI First Weber Group $7,000
Mathy, Charles La Crosse, WI Mathy Construction $6,500
Nesvig, Jon Riverside, CT Fox Broadcasting $6,000

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