Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R) River FallsPicture: Senator Sheila HarsdorfSenate District 10

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2008 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 Agriculture ($798) and Wisconsin Right to Life PAC ($5) made independent expenditures favoring Senator Harsdorf.

2008 Campaign Finance Summary
Harsdorf
Raised: $227,564 - Spent: $246,899
Vote: 56.4% - Cost/Vote: $4.42
Independent Backing: $804
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Raised: $165,027 - Spent: $158,745
Vote: 43.5% - Cost/Vote: $3.69
Independent Backing: $0
Harsdorf’s Committee Assignments

2009-2010: Agriculture and Higher Education; Commerce, Utilities, Energy and Rail; Joint Legislative Council.

2007-2008: Agriculture and Higher Education; Commerce, Utilities and Rail; Joint Legislative Council.


Where did the money come from?*
Pie Chart: Money Sources
Cash on hand 1/1/05 $24,513
Self $0
Under $100 $40,972
$100 or more $166,456
PACs & Parties $8,575
Other Income $11,562
WECF** $0
**voluntary spending limit system.

*All figures represent candidate income before any returns.


Contributions of $100 or More*
1/1/05-12/31/08
In-District Out-District
$122,814 (73.8%) $43,542 (26.2%)
*Excludes any returned and self contributions.

Interest Group Contributions from
Individuals and Committees*
1/1/05-12/31/08
Interest Amount
Retired/Homemakers/Non-income earners $29,150.00
Health Professionals $18,748.00
Agriculture $13,920.00
Construction $13,575.00
Business $13,276.00
Political/Ideological $10,675.00
Banking & Finance $10,614.34
Manufacturing & Distributing $9,980.00
Tourism/Leisure/Entertainment $8,205.00
Transportation $6,715.00
Real Estate $6,385.00
Unknown $5,875.00
Education $5,200.00
Insurance $5,135.00
Telecommunications & Computers $4,575.00
Energy $4,375.00
Health Services/Institutions $3,550.00
Civil servant/public employee $1,600.00
Lawyers/Law Firms/Lobbyists $1,210.00
Natural Resources $1,092.55
Road Construction $750.00
Defense $200.00
Non-Profit/Social Services $125.00
*Excludes any returned and self contributions.

Top Contributors
1993-2008
Contributor(s) City Business Amount
Derrick Family New Richmond, WI Derrick Construction Co $7,600
Nelson, Grant & Carol Prescott, WI Retired $6,500
Knox Family Fort Atkinson, WI WD Hoard & Sons/Morgan & Myers $5,580
Friedlander, William & Sally Hudson, WI Retired $4,725
Uihlein Family Mequon, WI U-Line Corp $4,250
Rinehart, Richard & Carol River Falls, WI Dicks IGA $3,815
Elefson, Vern & Jean River Falls, WI Retired $3,800
Nordstrand, Dennis & Carol Hudson, WI Yellow River Supply Corp/Fortis Health Care $3,750
Rusch, James & Mary Hudson, WI Greenwood Enterprises/St Croix County $3,750
Thom, Roland & Rose Ellsworth, WI Woodshed Pizza & Drive-in Liquor $3,750

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