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Monday, October 19, 2009

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Ryan leader Wis. delegation in fundraising, cash on hand

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan had the most lucrative third quarter among Wisconsin's members of the state's congressional delegation, according to a WisPolitics check of campaign finance reports.

Ryan, a rising star in GOP circles, pulled in $256,983 during the three-month period that ended Sept. 30, pushing his warchest to more than $1.4 million.

Here are some highlights from the finance reports members filed by last Thursday's deadline.

Paul Ryan
The Janesville Republican's totals include $152,438 from individuals and $104,075 from committees.

His PAC contributions include three from Wisconsin-based entities: the Alliant Energy Employees ($2,000), Wisconsin Energy Corp. ($1,000) and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans ($3,500).

Some of his largest PAC donations included a total of $3,000 from Boeing, $2,500 from the NRA, $2,500 from the Caterpillar Employees, $3,500 from DC law firm Patton Boggs, $5,000 from the American Association of Orthodontists and $5,000 from the American Concrete Pumping Association.

Tammy Baldwin
The 2nd CD Dem raised $143,914, spent $80,197 and had $587,718 cash on hand.

About 65 percent of her fundraising total came from individuals, while her PAC contributions were led by $17,200 from the health care industry. Baldwin has been a proponent of a single-payer system during her time in the House and has been a vocal member of the Dem caucus' progressive wing about the need for a public option in the health care reform package now being debated.

Baldwin's health care PAC donations included $5,000 each from the American College of Radiology Association and U.S. Oncology Inc. Good Government Committee.

She also received $15,000 from the cable industry with $3,000 from Charter Communications, $2,500 from Comcast Corp. and $1,000 from Time Warner, along with an $8,500 donation from the National Cable and Telecommunications Association.

Her biggest expense during the quarter was $28,571 sent to the DCCC that was labeled "excess funds" on her report.

Ron Kind
The 3rd CD Dem's flirtation with a run for governor during the quarter didn't seem to hamper his federal fundraising efforts. He raised $167,781 during the period, spent $98,389 and had just more than $1 million cash on hand.

His total included $38,081 from individuals and $129,700 from PACs.

His PAC contributions included $3,500 from 3M, $3,000 from Abbott Laboratories Employees, $3,000 from Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City, $5,000 from Garney Holding Co. in Kansas City, $5,000 from KMPG Partners/Principals & Employees and $5,000 from the New Democrat Coalition.

His biggest expense of the quarter was $25,000 in membership dues to the DCCC.

Gwen Moore
The Milwaukee Dem raised $67,491, spent $69,708 and had $38,549.

Of the money she raised, $24,978 came from individuals, while $43,517 came from PACs and parties.

The groups donating to her campaign included the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades ($5,000), National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors ($4,000) and Northwestern Mutual Federal PAC ($4,500).

Moore also continues to employ her sister, who lives in Lithonia, Ga. Moore lists more than $10,000 in payments to Brenda Moore over the period, as well as $179 in reimbursement for travel and health care. Brenda Moore also gave her sister a donation worth $352.40, listing her occupation as a self-employed political consultant.

Jim Sensenbrenner
The 5th CD Republican raised $31,833, spent $41,525 and listed $403,590 cash on hand.

Of that, $14,333 individuals with another $18,000 from PACs. Sensenbrenner also gave Acell Inc. of Maryland a $500 refund.

His PAC contributions included $2,500 from the National Association of Home Builders, $2,000 from the Recording Industry Association of America and $1,000 from the Universal Music Group.

Several of the members listed various expenses for travel over the course of the period, but Sensenbrenner had the largest single expense listed: $3,485.95 in reimbursement for travel to a fundraiser. The report doesn't detail what the expenses entailed, and his campaign didn't immediately return a call from WisPolitics seeking comment. Sensenbrenner listed another $1,100 in travel expenses on the report.

UPDATE: Sensenbrenner's campaign says the expense was for a trip that Sensebrenner, his wife and his chief of staff took to Canada to meet with conservative business leaders.

Tom Petri
The Fond du Lac Republican raised $72,659, spent $70,554 and had $973,059 cash on hand.

The total included $22,409 from individuals and $50,250 from PACs.

Among the PAC donations were $2,500 from American Airlines, $2,000 from American Beverages Licenses PAC $2,000, $5,000 from the Association of American Railroads, $5,000 from Federal Express and $2,000 from UPS.

His biggest expense was almost $32,000 paid to Carol Goeas & Associates in Alexandria, Va., for fundraising.

Dave Obey
The 7th CD Dem raised $156,075, spent $77,096 and had $894,016 cash on hand.

That total included $35,215 from individuals and $121,750 from PACs.

As chair of the House Appropriations Committee, Obey has influence over a host of issues, and that was reflected in his PAC donations.

They ran the gamut from the Ice Cream, Milk and Cheese PAC ($1,000) to unions like the Ironworkers ($5,000), Bricklayers ($5,000), Electrical Workers ($5,000), Steelworkers ($5,000) and Longshoremen ($2,500).

He also received $5,000 from Deloitte and Touche, $5,000 from the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education, $7,500 from the CWA-COPE committee and $5,000 from the Action Committee for Rural Electrification Natural Rural Electric Cooperative.

Obey's report also listed expenses for fundraisers in three cities outside of Wisconsin: Philadelphia ($1,363), Boston ($1,295)and Santa Monica, Calif. ($1,477). He listed $2,222.20 in air travel expenses and more than $11,250 in credit card expenses that don't include a break down of what was purchased.

Steve Kagen

The second-term 8th CD Dem raised $191,747 during the third quarter, leaving him with $468,765 cash on hand.

Kagen, of Appleton, also reported $63,053 in expenses during the period. He raised $87,962 from individuals.

He listed PAC donations from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association ($3,500), the American College of Cardiology ($5,000), the American Dental Association ($6,500), the American Resort Development Association Resort OWN ($5,000), Bart's Bridge ($5,000), the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades ($5,000) and the NRA ($1,500).

Kagen has been identified as one of the Dems' top incumbents to defend next year and has been added to a party program to help vulnerable lawmakers. His report shows $11,500 in donations from the DCCC as well as donations from the campaigns of fellow Dems Bruce Braley of Iowa ($2,000), John Larson of Connecticut ($2,000), Jan Schakowsky of Illinois ($1,000) and Tammy Baldwin of Madison ($1,000).


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