Republican Candidate’s Spending Brings Tally in 10th Senate District Race to Over $1.6 Million

November 5, 2000

Madison - Republican challenger Sheila Harsdorf has spent nearly $300,000 so far this year in her bid to win the hotly contested 10th Senate District seat, bringing total spending in the race to at least $1.6 million, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign reported.

In her report received by the Elections Board today, Harsdorf reported year-to-date spending of $298,592. Heading into the final days of campaigning before the November 7 election, Harsdorf reported cash on hand of $23,663. As reported in an earlier news release, Democratic incumbent Alice Clausing reported spending $188,577 so far this year. Clausing’s report shows $85,315 cash on hand. The combined spending the candidates have done and the cash they have on hand heading into the homestretch of the campaign totals $596,147.

The candidates’ spending to date of $487,169 and independent spending by special interest groups of at least $1,149,679 brings overall spending in the race so far to at least $1,636,848.

The figure for special interest groups’ independent electioneering activity is only a partial accounting of the special interest activity in the race, because it is based on reported independent expenditures supporting or opposing the two candidates as well as known issue ad activity. Notably, it does not include a figure for any spending being done by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.

10th District spending already far surpasses the previous spending record set in 1998. In the 27th District race, which pitted Democrat Jon Erpenbach against Republican Nancy Mistele, the combined spending by the candidates and special interest groups totaled just over $1.1 million.

"Because so much is being spent in this race by groups that will never report their activity, it’s probably safe to say spending in the 10th District has already surpassed $2 million. There’s no telling how much will be spent by the time the last check is written and the last ad is bought," WDC executive director Mike McCabe said.