School Superintendent 2005 Campaign Finance Profile

Elizabeth Burmaster Picture: School Superintendent Elizabeth BurmasterSuperintendent of Public Instruction

Election NotesMoney SourcesTop ContributorsBig MoneyFinancial Summary

2005 Election Notes and Background

Madison Public School principal Elizabeth Burmaster first elected Superintendent of Public Instruction in April, 2001 and was reelected in April 2005.

Burmaster faced three challengers in the February non-partisan primary and her general election opponent was Representative Gregg Underheim of Oshkosh, the incumbent for Assembly District 54.

Human Rights League PAC ($1,185), MTI Voters ($1,913), TAA-PAC ($372) and WEAC PAC ($343,735) all made independent expenditures favoring Elizabeth Burmaster.

2005 Campaign Finance Summary
Burmaster
Raised: $343,449 - Spent: $295,756
Vote: 62.2% - Cost/Vote: $0.76
Independent Backing: $341,470
Underheim
Raised: $91,539 - Spent: $94,211
Vote: 37.7% - Cost/Vote: $0.35
Independent Backing: $0

Where did the money come from?*
Pie Chart: Money Sources
Cash on hand 7/1/01 $7,925
Self $1,150
Under $100 $53,759
$100 or more $171,475
PACs & Parties $95,890
Other Income $23
WECF* $0
*voluntary spending limit system.

Interest Group Contributions from
Individuals and Committees*
7/1/01-6/30/05
Interest Amount
Labor Unions $131,314
Education $27,696
Lawyers/Law Firms/Lobbyists $18,571
Civil servant/public employee $17,596
Retired/Homemakers/Non-income earners $17,595
Unknown $12,678
Health Professionals $8,337
Political/Ideological $7,465
Business $4,817
Banking & Finance $3,900
Non-Profit/Social Services $3,300
Manufacturing & Distributing $3,011
Construction $2,636
Real Estate $2,400
Telecommunications & Computers $1,800
Insurance $1,630
Tourism/Leisure/Entertainment $1,500
Health Services/Institutions $1,250
Natural Resources $500
Transportation $350
Energy $300
Road Construction $100

*Individuals giving $100 or more and all PAC, party and candidate committee contributions.
Self-contributions excluded.


Top Contributors
7/1/97-6/30/05*
Contributor(s) City Business Amount
Burmaster, Elizabeth Superintendent of Public Instruction Madison, WI $118,065
Schantz, Edward Retired Madison, WI $10,000
Kohl, Herbert US senator Milwaukee, WI $8,000
Boyer, David Madison Cutting Die Inc Madison, WI $7,268
Kohler, Julilly JWK Real Estate Milwaukee, WI $6,000
Uihlein, Lynde Brico Fund Milwaukee, WI $6,000
Faulkner, Gordon Physician Madison, WI $5,000
Rosenberg, John Telecheck Wisconsin (Retired) Milwaukee, WI $4,000
Layde, Margaret Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee, WI $2,950
Taylor, Carolyn Retired Cross Plains, WI $2,600

*Beginning of first election cycle. She did not actually begin fundraising until 2000.

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