Campaign War Chests Bursting

Cash on hand up 124%, fundraising up 78% over four years ago

February 19, 2002

Madison - Legislators used the state budget to lure large special interest contributions and enter the 2002 election year with a formidable $4.3 million in their campaign war chests - 124 percent more than at the same time four years ago, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis shows.

Figures gleaned from the legislators’ campaign finance reports showed they raised $1.53 million between July and December 2001. That is 78 percent more than the $860,766 they raised during a comparable period four years ago and 11 percent more than the $1.38 million they raised during the comparable period two years ago. 

At the end of 2001, their campaign accounts totaled $4,256,067, which is 124 percent more than the $1.9 million in their campaign accounts at the end of 1997 and 42 percent more than the $3 million they had at the end of 1999. 

In addition to individual legislative committees, legislative leaders raised another $138,072 through their legislative campaign committees (See table). These LCCs, whose combined cash balances total $268,635, attract contributions from special interests and provide hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of money and services to candidates. 

With the November elections nine months away, these incumbents’ bloated war chests bode poorly for voters because they scare off competition, a substantive debate on the issues and fresh ideas. In 2000, 40 percent of legislative races were uncontested, but it appears big money’s presence even before the 2002 contest starts in legislative races could discourage even more challengers this year and give voters fewer choices at the ballot box. 

Most of the contributions flowed to those in the legislature with power as well as those seeking higher office because they hold the most sway over state spending and policy. 

Democratic Sens. Kevin Shibilski of Stevens Point and Brian Burke and Gary George, both of Milwaukee, led fundraising among senators. Shibilski, a member of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee that crafted most of the 2001-03 budget, raised $245,912. He is also the lone Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor. 

Burke, Joint Finance co-chair and a candidate for attorney general, continued to be one of the most aggressive fundraisers in the Legislature in the second half of last year when he was a key budget player. He accepted $138,317. 

George, a former Joint Finance member and candidate for governor, raised $75,519. 

Burke also had the highest year-end cash balance among senators with $403,664 followed by Shibilski who had $300,763 and Republican Sen. Michael Ellis of Neenah, who had $184,395. 

In the Assembly, Speaker Scott Jensen, a Waukesha Republican, continued to be the leading fundraiser. He accepted $97,173, followed by 86th District Republican Jerry Petrowski who raised $27,522. Republican Assembly Majority Leader Steven Foti of Oconomowoc accepted $26,670 in the last half of 2001. 

Jensen also had the largest year-end cash balance in the Assembly at $346,909, which is second only to Burke for the entire Legislature. Following Jensen were Assembly Minority Leader Spencer Black, a Madison Democrat, with $141,142 and Democrat Sheldon Wasserman of Milwaukee with $105,253. 

An analysis of Republican and Democratic fundraising and total campaign balances shows that majority Senate Democrats collectively raised more than three times that of Senate Republicans and their cash balances were more than double that of Republicans. In the Assembly, majority Republicans raised 3.5 times more than Assembly Democrats and they collectively had 85 percent more money in their campaign accounts than Democrats.

Senate Democrats Republicans
Amount Raised (July - December, 2001) $678,205 $191,483
Cash on Hand (Dec. 31, 2001) $1,332,196 $624,929
Assembly Democrats Republicans
Amount Raised (July - December, 2001) $146,775 $517,201
Cash on Hand (Dec. 31, 2001) $805,384 $1,493,558

In addition to the legislators, two of the state’s top five constitutional officers running for election this year raised and held a considerable amount of cash by the end of 2001. Gov. Scott McCallum led fundraising in the last half of 2001 by accepting $906,534 and had $2.4 million in his campaign account. Attorney General James Doyle, who is among those challenging McCallum, accepted $624,886 and had a cash balance of $1.3 million as of Dec. 31. 

Rep. Tom Barrett, a Democratic candidate for governor, incorrectly filled out his campaign finance report and in doing so failed to properly identify at least $4,200 from contributors who gave him more than $100 last year. His latest campaign finance report set July 1 as the beginning of his state campaign’s calendar year. As a result, employer/occupation information was not included for about two dozen contributors who gave him multiple contributions that totaled more than $100 because one of their contributions of $100 or less occurred during his first reporting period and their succeeding contributions were made after July 1. 

Tables

I. Total Raised By Constitutional Officers and Top Senate And Assembly Fund Raisers
II. Money Raised by Legislative Leadership Committees
III. Top War Chests as of Dec. 31, 2001
IV. Additional Challengers for Constitutional Offices Fundraising and Cash Balances
V. Total Raised and Spent by Partisan State Office Holders

I. Total Raised By Constitutional Officers
and Top Senate And Assembly Fund Raisers
July 1, 2001 - Dec. 31, 2001

Constitutional Officers State Senators State Representatives
Governor
Scott McCallum*
$906,534 Kevin Shibilski*
D - Stevens Point
$245,912 Scott Jensen
R - Waukesha
$97,173
Lt. Governor
Margaret Farrow*
$28,348 Brian Burke*
D - Milwaukee
$138,317 Jerry Petrowski
R - Marathon
$27,522
Attorney General
James Doyle*
$624,886 Gary George*
D - Milwaukee
$75,519 Steven Foti
R - Oconomowoc
$26,670
Secretary of State
Doug La Follette
$362 Kimberly Plache
D - Racine
$62,953 Spencer Black
D - Madison
$25,860
State Treasurer
Jack Voight
$31,282 Peggy Rosenzweig
R - Wauwatosa
$32,146 Antonio Riley
D - Milwaukee
$21,660

II. Money Raised by Legislative Leadership Committees
July 1, 2001 - Dec. 31, 2001

Committee Total Raised Cash Balance
Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee $29,575 $65,246
Republican Assembly Campaign Committee $28,735 $106,410
State Senate Democratic Committee $54,219 $77,757
Committee to Elect a Republican Senate $25,543 $19,222

III. Top War Chests as of Dec. 31, 2001

Constitutional Officers State Senators State Representatives
Governor
Scott McCallum*
$2,410,405 Brian Burke*
D - Milwaukee
$403,664 Scott Jensen
R - Waukesha
$346,909
Lt. Governor
Margaret Farrow*
$48,431 Kevin Shibilski*
D - Stevens Point
$300,763 Spencer Black
D - Madison
$141,142
Attorney General
James Doyle*
$1,344,610 Michael Ellis
R - Neenah
$184,395 Sheldon Wasserman
D - Milwaukee
$105,253
Secretary of State
Doug La Follette
$11,135 Kimberly Plache
D - Racine
$150,699 Scott Walker
R - Wauwatosa
$81,880
State Treasurer
Jack Voight
$60,360 Judith Robson
D - Beloit
$90,398 Shirley Krug
D - Milwaukee
$78,317

* Officeholders who are candidates for governor, lieutenant governor or attorney general.

IV. Additional Challengers for Constitutional Offices Fundraising and Cash Balances
July - December 2001

Candidate Office Party Fundraising Cash Balance
Thomas Barrett Governor D $416,777 $1,203,371
Kathleen Falk Governor D $348,101 $337,068
Peggy Lautenschlager Atty Gen D $26,807 $13,613
Vince Biskupic Atty Gen R $42,910 $42,538

V. Total Raised and Spent by Partisan State Office Holders
July -December 2001

Listed in descending order by total raised

Office Holders Party Office Total Raised
7/1/01-12/31/01
Totals Spent
7/1/01-12/31/01
Cash on hand
12/31/01
McCallum, Scott Rep Governor $906,534 $542,305 $2,410,404.83
Doyle, Jim Dem Attorney General $624,886 $289,811 $1,344,609.89
Shibilski, Kevin* Dem S24 $245,912 $76,837 $300,763.08
Burke, Brian* Dem S03 $138,317 $93,291 $403,663.64
Jensen, Scott R. Rep A32 $97,173 $93,972 $346,908.82
George, Gary* Dem S06 $75,519 $75,872 $52,451.39
Plache, Kimberly Dem S21 $62,953 $12,933 $150,698.91
Rosenzweig, Peggy Rep S05 $32,146 $7,065 $33,612.46
Voight, Jack C. Rep Treasurer $31,282 $2,452 $60,360.08
Kanavas, Ted** Rep S33 $31,190 $31,658 $2,182.41
Chvala, Chuck Dem S16 $30,203 $11,113 $24,624.86
Farrow, Margaret Rep Lieutenant
Governor
$28,348 $12,165 $48,431.20
Petrowski, Jerry Rep A86 $27,522 $4,427 $26,484.11
Foti, Steven Rep A38 $26,670 $21,581 $7,492.54
Black, Spencer Dem A77 $25,860 $4,921 $141,141.70
Schultz, Dale Rep S17 $23,395 $9,864 $86,672.75
Decker, Russ Dem S29 $22,804 $1,811 $65,882.86
Riley, Antonio Dem A18 $21,660 $1,609 $76,284.84
Walker, Scott Rep A14 $21,121 $4,449 $81,879.74
Baumgart, James Dem S09 $20,662 $1,276 $34,726.64
Robson, Judith Dem S15 $20,279 $1,906 $90,398.03
Zien, David Rep S23 $19,436 $6,122 $32,709.46
Harsdorf, Sheila Rep S10 $18,627 $3,338 $20,818.45
Skindrud, Rick Rep A79 $17,646 $3,642 $22,154.23
Grothman, Glenn Rep A59 $16,596 $6,175 $43,189.66
Gard, John Rep A89 $16,387 $7,602 $43,302.17
Huelsman, Joanne Rep S11 $16,089 $1,928 $15,297.78
Wirch, Robert Dem S22 $14,657 $3,187 $15,468.99
Montgomery, Phil Rep A04 $14,265 $5,971 $16,712.92
Welch, Robert Rep S14 $14,174 $18,197 $74,519.41
Rhoades, Kitty Rep A30 $14,147 $7,255 $39,811.82
Huebsch, Michael Rep A94 $13,682 $9,681 $8,115.92
Lazich, Mary Rep S28 $13,265 $5,254 $39,609.07
Moen, Rodney Dem S31 $12,930 $2,894 $28,925.38
Lassa, Julie Dem A71 $11,750 $1,340 $30,240.83
Sykora, Tom Rep A67 $11,661 $398 $13,970.19
Hansen, Dave Dem S30 $11,561 $6,747 $18,357.90
McCormick, Terri Rep A56 $11,220 $8,077 $6,149.06
Leibham, Joseph Rep A26 $10,715 $4,695 $21,835.76
Johnsrud, DuWayne Rep A96 $10,714 $7,747 $8,642.67
Kreuser, James Dem A64 $10,476 $8,783 $46,597.97
Erpenbach, Jon Dem S27 $10,436 $5,395 $46,635.54
Gundrum, Mark Rep A84 $10,022 $2,035 $71,306.59
Albers, Sheryl Rep A50 $9,951 $4,397 $36,414.30
Ladwig, Bonnie Rep A63 $9,025 $6,657 $57,450.28
Starzyk, Samantha Rep A66 $8,586 $1,933 $10,211.26
Gunderson, Scott Rep A83 $8,574 $4,089 $11,255.36
Colon, Pedro Dem A08 $8,530 $2,863 $9,379.44
Duff, Marc Rep A98 $8,415 $3,721 $16,422.47
Kreibich, Robin Rep A93 $7,968 $981 $61,276.78
Fitzgerald, Scott Rep S13 $7,881 $2,273 $8,909.70
Loeffelholz, Gabe Rep A49 $7,874 $843 $10,792.71
Wieckert, Steve Rep A57 $7,528 $6,756 $26,851.93
Olsen, Luther Rep A41 $7,525 $1,789 $20,419.70
Nass, Stephen L. Rep A31 $7,418 $518 $56,398.86
Pettis, Mark Rep A28 $7,132 $4,645 $11,695.18
Suder, Scott Rep A69 $7,004 $1,736 $6,313.10
Hundertmark, Jean Rep A40 $6,667 $7,151 $13,358.14
Lippert, MaryAnn Rep A70 $6,590 $2,012 $18,223.31
Meyer, Mark Dem S32 $6,540 $7,253 $1,102.45
Steinbrink, John Dem A65 $6,455 $213 $19,993.00
Lasee, Frank Rep A02 $6,431 $4,946 $12,532.96
Lehman, Michael Rep A58 $6,187 $4,779 $6,379.86
Musser, Terry Rep A92 $6,075 $7,193 $10,928.43
Wasserman, Sheldon Dem A22 $5,901 $429 $105,253.25
Shilling, Jennifer Dem A95 $5,660 $1,957 $5,477.38
Freese, Stephen Rep A51 $5,635 $3,342 $2,966.89
Huber, Greg Dem A85 $5,612 $874 $23,983.51
Hines, J.A.*** Rep A42 $5,330 $5,484 $52.88
Fitzgerald, Jeff Rep A39 $5,325 $2,179 $7,287.08
Vrakas, Daniel Rep A33 $5,262 $3,625 $23,792.97
Hoven, Timothy Rep A60 $5,046 $6,318 $45,669.43
Friske, Donald R. Rep A35 $4,983 $2,151 $11,309.71
Ellis, Michael Rep S19 $4,765 $3,093 $184,394.65
Coggs, Spencer Dem A17 $4,720 $4,785 $6,483.04
Panzer, Mary Rep S20 $4,577 $2,511 $11,577.80
Meyerhofer, Lee Dem A05 $4,510 $1,035 $8,224.45
Hahn, Eugene Rep A47 $4,330 $625 $8,851.32
Richards, Jon Dem A19 $4,229 $2,861 $11,406.88
Schooff, Dan Dem A45 $4,213 $1,599 $11,784.88
Darling, Alberta Rep S08 $4,152 $7,816 $75,420.64
Carpenter, Tim Dem A09 $3,694 $958 $7,000.31
Ainsworth, John Rep A06 $3,610 $609 $11,891.35
Pocan, Mark Dem A78 $3,303 $1,809 $2,845.14
Boyle, Frank Dem A73 $3,216 $2,593 $6,159.35
Moore, Gwendolynne Dem S04 $3,210 $6,957 $31,959.52
Balow, Larry Dem A68 $3,165 $109 $5,292.54
Townsend, John Rep A52 $3,077 $137 $4,921.50
Ward, David Rep A37 $2,979 $564 $23,118.19
Wade, Joan**** Rep A42 $2,865 $3,143 $11,951.00
Seratti, Lorraine Rep A36 $2,500 $1,237 $1,681.63
Krawczyk, Judy Rep A88 $2,497 $8 $12,822.10
La Fave, John Dem A23 $2,460 $76 $31,268.42
Kedzie, Neal Rep A43 $2,267 $679 $23,483.75
Bies, Garey D. Rep A01 $2,225 $3,468 $11,131.00
Breske, Roger Dem S12 $2,197 $7,431 $32,992.39
Hubler, Mary Dem A75 $2,121 $859 $14,610.01
Powers, Mike Rep A80 $1,915 $969 $2,678.58
Plouff, Joe Dem A29 $1,673 $315 $11,226.63
Plale, Jeffrey Dem A21 $1,670 $1,412 $1,158.11
Owens, Carol Rep A53 $1,630 $493 $9,993.72
Krug, Shirley Dem A12 $1,605 $1,508 $78,316.54
Meyer, Dan Rep A34 $1,555 $1,293 $13,817.59
Roessler, Carol Rep S18 $1,160 $1,606 $14,014.78
Underheim, Gregg Rep A54 $1,135 $628 $17,496.02
Jeskewitz, Suzanne Rep A24 $1,050 $6,838 $12,414.44
Kestell, Steve Rep A27 $950 $704 $13,592.21
Ott, Alvin Rep A03 $925 $258 $14,254.68
Schneider, Marlin Dem A72 $878 $677 $18,136.27
Stone, Jeff Rep A82 $875 $1,615 $16,204.99
Williams, Annette Polly Dem A10 $812 $288 $2,124.94
Sherman, Gary Dem A74 $780 $1,097 $17,674.08
Kaufert, Dean Rep A55 $697 $1,313 $41,148.80
Cullen, David Dem A13 $471 $0 $17,411.19
Lehman, John Dem A62 $452 $268 $13,965.33
La Follette, Douglas Dem Secretary
of State
$362 $20 $11,134.88
Ryba, John Dem A90 $337 $534 $38.91
Lasee, Alan Rep S01 $326 $2,359 $17,863.89
Cowles, Robert Rep S02 $300 $0 $7,325.59
Hebl, Tom Dem A46 $250 $154 $6,489.22
Travis, David Dem A81 $208 $680 $545.85
Turner, Robert Dem A61 $93 $1,032 $3,163.46
Urban, Frank Rep A99 $50 $837 $6,145.39
Risser, Fred Dem S26 $25 $460 $2,339.38
Krusick, Peggy Dem A97 $10 $0 $23,884.40
Berceau, Terese Dem A76 $0 $568 $9,575.86
Bock, Peter Dem A07 $0 $0 $13,959.14
Grobschmidt, Richard Dem S07 $0 $901 $6,007.92
Gronemus, Barbara Dem A91 $0 $0 $6,635.77
Jauch, Robert Dem S25 $0 $4,087 $25,197.13
Miller, Mark Dem A48 $0 $120 $2,923.67
Morris-Tatum, Johnnie Dem A11 $0 $230 $438.31
Reynolds, Martin Dem A87 $0 $1,068 $1,202.20
Sinicki, Christine Dem A20 $0 $0 $2,388.81
Staskunas, Tony Dem A15 $0 $125 $6,165.39
Wood, Wayne Dem A44 $0 $0 $21.95
Young, Leon Dem A16 $0 $837 $4,164.10
Ziegelbauer, Bob Dem A25 $0 $0 $347.22
* Candidate for constitutional office
** Ran in special election for the 33rd Senate.  Only sums raised and spent since August 1, 2001 reported here.
***Ran in special election for the 42nd Assembly in 2001.  Only sums raised and spent since November 29, 2001 are reported here.
****Rep. Wade resigned in September 2001.