2004 Campaign Finance Profile - Dan Kapanke

Senator Dan Kapanke (R) La Crosse Picture: Senator Dan KapankeSenate District 32

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2004 Election Notes and Background

Senator Kapanke was first elected in 2004.

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

Building a Better Wisconsin ($17,531), Realtors PAC ($3,397) and Volunteers for Agriculture ($2,294) made independent expenditures favoring Senator Kapanke. America Coming Together Wisconsin ($896), Clean Wisconsin Action Fund ($458), Coulee Region United Educators ($8,325), Human Rights League ($19), Planned Parenthood Action Fund ($327), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin ($21,899), Southwest Education Association ($1,462), TAA-PAC ($610), WEAC ($273,390), and Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters ($5,000) made independent expenditures in favor of his opponent.

All Children Matter, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and Wisconsin Right to Life spent undisclosed amounts on "issue ads" in support of Senator Kapanke. Americans for a Brighter Tomorrow, Greater Wisconsin Committee and Wisconsin Citizen Action spent undisclosed amounts in opposition.

2004 Campaign Finance Summary
Kapanke
Raised: $324,370 - Spent: $325,447
Vote: 52.5% - Cost/Vote: $7.01
Independent Backing: $23,221
Pfaff
Raised: $160,669 - Spent: $158,385
Vote: 47.4% - Cost/Vote: $3.78
Independent Backing: $312,386
Kapanke’s Committee Assignments

2005-2006: Agriculture and Insurance (Chair); Energy, Utilities and Information Technology; Higher Education and Tourism; Natural Resources and Transportation.

2003-2004: Not yet elected.


Where did the money come from?*
Pie Chart: Money Sources
Cash on hand 1/1/01 $875
Self $0
Under $100 $42,933
$100 or more $258,329
PACs & Parties $22,900
Other Income $208
WECF* $0
*voluntary spending limit system.

Contributions of $100 or More*
1/1/01-12/31/04
In-District Out-District
$103,323 (40.3%) $152,845 (59.7%)
*Excludes returned and self contributions.

Interest Group Contributions from
Individuals and Committees*
1/1/01-12/31/04
Interest Amount
Manufacturing & Distributing $30,825
Banking & Finance $29,184
Construction $26,425
Health Professionals $22,865
Real Estate $19,439
Business $18,564
Tourism/Leisure/Entertainment $17,378
Retired/Homemakers/Non-income earners $13,745
Unknown $12,660
Road Construction $10,550
Lawyers/Law Firms/Lobbyists $9,675
Health Services/Institutions $9,670
Natural Resources $9,390
Political/Ideological $9,175
Transportation $8,070
Insurance $7,720
Energy $7,330
Telecommunications & Computers $4,600
Agriculture $4,590
Education $3,320
Civil servant/public employee $3,150
Non-Profit/Social Services $1,130
*Excludes returned and self contributions.

Top Contributors
2000-2004
Contributor(s) City Business Amount
Gelatt Family La Crosse, WI Northern Engraving Corp/Northern Micrographics $4,630
Zignego Family Helenville, WI Zignego Co $4,500
Kohler, Terry & Mary Sheboygan, WI Windway Capital $4,000
Walton Family Jackson, WY Wal-Mart Stores $3,600
Kapanke, Daniel La Crosse, WI Legislator/Kaltenberg Seed Farms $2,887
Huelsman, Joanne & A William Waukesha, WI Legislator, Retired/Berg Management $2,750
Kraemer Family Plain, WI Kraemer Brothers Construction $2,750
McKeithan, DF Jr & Patricia Milwaukee, WI Tamarack Petroleum Co/Miller Brewing $2,750
Bryant, Anthony Waukesha, WI Century Fence Co $2,700
Styza, Bryce & Ann Hartland, WI Harmony Homes $2,250

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