Madison Public School principal Elizabeth Burmaster first ran and was elected Superintendent of Public Instruction in April, 2001.
*Her opponent was three-time school superintendent candidate and one-time Republican candidate for Secretary of State, Hortonville school teacher Linda Cross.
* The Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), the state’s largest teachers union and a perennial campaign powerhouse, reported making independent expenditures of $276,324 on televison ads supporting Burmaster and attacking her opponent. The Milwaukee based Human Rights League also spent $32 in her support. Meanwhile, the Republican Party of Wisconsin spent undisclosed sums on "issue ads" attacking Burmaster, and Todd Rongstad of the Valkyrie Group and Project Vote Informed threatened -- but failed -- to become involved on behalf of Linda Cross.
2001 Campaign Finance Summary
Raised: $511,643 - Spent: $503,618
Vote: 59.8% - Cost/Vote: $1.14
Independent Backing: $276,356
Raised: $140,661 - Spent: $141,628
Vote: 40% - Cost/Vote: $0.48
Independent Backing: $0
*Individuals giving $100 or more and all PAC, party and candidate committee contributions.
|Burmaster, Elizabeth||Madison, WI||Madison Public Schools/Candidate||$116,915|
|Schantz, Edward||Madison, WI||Retired||$10,000|
|Kohl, Herbert||Milwaukee, WI||US senator||$7,000|
|Boyer, David||Madison, WI||Madison Cutting Die Inc||$6,157|
|Kohler, Julilly||Milwaukee, WI||JWK Real Estate||$6,000|
|Uihlein, Lynde||Milwaukee, WI||Women’s Choice 2000||$5,000|
|Rosenberg, John||Milwaukee, WI||Telecheck Wisconsin (Retired)||$3,000|
|Taylor, Carolyn||Cross Plains, WI||Retired||$2,600|
|Ritz, Esther Leah||Milwaukee, WI||Retired||$2,200|
|Layde, Margaret||Milwaukee, WI||Medical College of Wisconsin||$1,850|
|McDonald, Merle||New Berlin, WI||Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction||$1,550|
|George, Michael||Madison, WI||Wisconsin School Music Assn||$1,363|
|Craney, Diane||Madison, WI||Wisconsin Education Association Council(Spouse’s employer)||$1,200|
*Beginning of election cycle. Elizabeth Burmaster did not actually begin fund-raising until 2000.