Ringhand leads Sheridan, Scieszinski in money raised for 15th Senate District seat

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Jake Magee
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

JANESVILLE--Janis Ringhand is the money leader in the campaign for the 15th Senate District seat, according to campaign finance reports filed this week.

Ringhand reported more than $40,000. About $17,000 was left over from 2013 fundraising, Ringhand said.

Mike Sheridan reported about $17,000, and Austin Scieszinski reported about $10,000.

Candidates were required to file campaign finance reports with the Government Accountability Board by Monday.

The three square off in a Democratic primary Aug. 12.

Ringhand has received plenty of donations from individuals, some of them up to $500 each. Five businesses have contributed $1,000 each to her campaign.

“Typically, financial strength indicates a strong campaign and a great deal of support,” she wrote in an email.

Scieszinski wrote in a press release that 87 percent of his funding comes from 15th Senate District residents. In-district donations account for 26 percent of Ringhand's fundraising and 32 percent of Sheridan's, according to Scieszinski's release.

“These numbers show that I am focused on the 15th Senate District, while my opponents are focused on raising money in Madison and Milwaukee,” Scieszinski wrote in an email.

Scieszinski contributed $1,500 to his own campaign June 30. More than $3,000 of his funds come from other Scieszinskis, according to the finance reports.

He received $1,000 from the Friends of Tim Cullen Committee April 24. Other individuals made contributions of up to $1,000.

Sheridan said he had to choose between focusing on fundraising and knocking on doors to meet voters. He said he chose the latter but still is satisfied with his fundraising.

“I'm very proud of where we're at financially,” Sheridan said.

“I think meeting the voters is what's going to win this race,” he said.

Sheridan loaned $8,000 to his own campaign, according to his report. Four businesses and five individuals contributing $1,000 each were his biggest contributors.

Last updated: 5:45 pm Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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