2004 Campaign Finance Profile - Sheila Harsdorf

Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R) River Falls Picture: Senator Sheila HarsdorfSenate District 10

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2004 Election Notes and Background

Senator Harsdorf was first elected to the Assembly in 1988 and after a two year retirement was first elected to the Senate in 2000.

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

Volunteers for Agiculture ($10,537) made independent expenditures favoring Senator Harsdorf. Planned Parenthood Action Fund ($327) and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin ($1,627) made independent expenditures in favor of her opponent.

All Children Matter spent undisclosed amounts on "issue ads" in support of Senator Harsdorf.

2004 Campaign Finance Summary
Harsdorf
Raised: $283,834 - Spent: $258,928
Vote: 59.2% - Cost/Vote: $4.57
Independent Backing: $10,537
Bakke
Raised: $83,650 - Spent: $83,650
Vote: 40.7% - Cost/Vote: $2.14
Independent Backing: $1,954
Harsdorf’s Committee Assignments

2005-2006: Educaton; Higher Education and Tourism (Chair); Housing and Financial Institutions; Joint Survey on Tax Exemptions (Co-Chair).

2003-2004: Higher Education and Tourism (Chair); Joint Finance; Finance; Joint Legislative Council; Survey on Tax Exemptions; Law Revision.


Where did the money come from?*
Pie Chart: Money Sources
Cash on hand 1/1/01 $1,777
Self $0
Under $100 $53,300
$100 or more $215,906
PACs & Parties $12,729
Other Income $1,899
WECF* $0
*voluntary spending limit system.

Contributions of $100 or More*
1/1/01-12/31/04
In-District Out-District
$142,410 (66.5%) $71,696 (33.5%)
*Excludes returned and self contributions.

Interest Group Contributions from
Individuals and Committees*
1/1/01-12/31/04
Interest Amount
Retired/Homemakers/Non-income earners $28,160
Health Professionals $20,963
Construction $18,934
Business $17,223
Real Estate $15,160
Agriculture $14,285
Banking & Finance $13,330
Political/Ideological $13,229
Manufacturing & Distributing $11,120
Transportation $9,660
Tourism/Leisure/Entertainment $9,185
Insurance $8,345
Road Construction $7,700
Unknown $7,415
Telecommunications & Computers $5,597
Health Services/Institutions $5,250
Lawyers/Law Firms/Lobbyists $5,000
Education $4,875
Natural Resources $4,509
Energy $3,940
Non-Profit/Social Services $1,575
Civil servant/public employee $1,380
*Excludes returned and self contributions.

Top Contributors
1993-2004
Contributor(s) City Business Amount
Derrick Family New Richmond, WI Derrick Construction Co $6,025
Nelson, Grant & Carol Prescott, WI Retired $4,500
Uihlein Family Mequon, WI U-Line Corp $4,250
Knox Family Fort Atkinson, WI WD Hoard & Sons/Morgan & Myers $3,580
Nordstrand, Dennis & Carol Hudson, WI Yellow River Supply Corp/Fortis Health Care $3,300
Friedlander, William & Sally Hudson, WI Retired $3,175
Thom, Roland & Rose Ellsworth, WI Woodshed Pizza & Drive-in Liquor $2,750
Schulte, Wayne Ellsworth, WI Victory Fireworks $2,650
Elefson, Vern & Jean River Falls, WI Retired $2,600
Rusch, James & Mary New Richmond, WI Greenwood Enterprises/St Croix County $2,575

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