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Series V. 2002 Gubernatorial Campaign, Bulk, 2002 1975-2002

Scope and Content Notes:

The materials in the 2002 Governor Campaign series comprise materials related to Fisher's 2002 gubernatorial campaign. Fisher was nominated as the Republican candidate, Jane Earll ran as Lieutenant Governor. Fisher ran against Ed Rendell, the Democratic nominee, in the primary election. Fisher's other opponents in the race included Bob Casey, Jr. and Barbara Hafer. Materials in this series include campaign memorabilia, correspondence, campaign finance information, press releases, research on campaign issues, news briefing packets, files of Fisher's opponents, and polling/survey research.

Subseries 1. Campaign Materials, 2002

Scope and Content Notes:

The Campaign Materials sub-series includes campaign advertisements, Fisher campaign staff information, and a file of organizations endorsing Fisher for Attorney General.


Box 5
Folder 1 Campaign ads
Folder 2 Campaign staff contact information
Folder 3 Endorsements

Subseries 2. Correspondence, 2002

Scope and Content Notes:

The Correspondence sub-series is comprised of issue related correspondence from various constituents and organizations in Pennsylvania. Several pieces of correspondence relate to organizations seeking to endorse a candidate based on their political views and positions.

Folder 4 Act 9
Folder 5 Animal rights
Folder 6 County committees
Folder 7 Gambling
Folder 8 General info
Folder 9 Education
Folder 10 Gun control
Folder 11 Liquor
Folder 12 Mental retardation
Folder 13 Personal care
Folder 14 Prison
Folder 15 Pro-life
Folder 16 Property taxes
Folder 17 Teacher pension
Folder 18 Volunteers
Folder 19 Wants something

Subseries 3. Direct Mail Files, 2002

Scope and Content Notes:

The Direct Mail Files sub-series documents the creation of form letters for events and individuals related to the Fisher campaign.

Folder 20 George W. Bush
Folder 21 Carol Fisher
Folder 22 D. Michael Fisher
Folder 23 Harrisburg Rally
Folder 24 Pennsylvania auto association
Folder 25 Pennsylvania food merchants
Folder 26 Ridge House, Republican State Committee
Folder 27 Santorum
Folder 28 Schweiker

Subseries 4. Donor Briefings, 2002

Scope and Content Notes:

The Donor Briefings sub-series consists of information generated by Fisher's staff concerning important donors to the Fisher campaign.

Folder 29-30 Donor briefings

Subseries 5. Finances, 1999-2002

Scope and Content Notes:

The Finances sub-series is comprised of financial information of Fisher's gubernatorial campaign. It is divided into three sections: Fundraising Events, Major Donor Files, and Subject Files. The Fundraising Events includes event information, briefing memos to Mike Fisher, donation spreadsheets, and correspondence. The Major Donor Files are arranged alphabetically Abrams to Zimmerman; a given file will contain a briefing memorandum for Fisher, copies of the donation checks, and/or thank you notes. The Subject Files contains additional financial information that would not fit into other sections; these include campaign finance reports, a sampled selection of mail-in contributions, a list of pro-life donors, and Fisher's staff's salary information.

Check copies, invoices, and yes/no attendance cards have all been removed from this series.

Mike Fisher thank you notes have been sampled throughout. Notes with unique messages have been retained.

Section: Fundraising Events, January 12-May 30, 2002

Folder 31 Jeb Bush timeline in Philadelphia, January 2, 2002
Folder 32 Terpeluk dinner meeting, January 8, 2002
Folder 33 Delaware County dinner, January 17, 2002
Folder 34 Lunch with George Glatfelter II and Peter Yaffee, January 17, 2002
Folder 35 UPS dinner, January 22, 2002
Folder 36 Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company PAC, January 30, 2002
Folder 37 Republican State Committee dinner, February 8, 2002
Folder 38 Highmark Health System's PAC, February 19, 2002
Folder 39 Republican Governors Association 8th Annual Reception, February 25, 2002
Folder 40 Jeb Bush, Florida, February 28, 2002
Folder 41 Dinner with Chester County friends, March 7-8, 2002
Folder 42 Sourbeer dinner thank you notes, March 12, 2002
Folder 43 Somerset County reception/ PAUCA dinner, March 13, 2002
Folder 44 Mike Fisher dinner in Washington, DC March 20, 2002
Folder 45 Harrisburg fundraiser, March 26, 2002
Folder 46 Northumberland County evening reception, March 27, 2002
Folder 47 President Bush private reception thank you notes, April 2, 2002
Folder 48 W.A. Hawkins Associates fundraiser, April 3, 2002
Folder 49 Southeast Young Republican for Fisher luncheon - Reed Smith, April 4, 2002
Folder 50 Dinner with Roy Zimmerman April 9, 2002
Folder 51 Fred DiBora home event, April 10, 2002
Folder 52 Berks County reception, April 16, 2002
Folder 53 Franklin Shoeneman home event, Schuykill County, April 16, 2002
Folder 54 Towanda fundraiser at Bradford County museum, April 23, 2002
Folder 55 Columbia County breakfast, April 23, 2002
Folder 56 Pike County luncheon fundraiser, April 24, 2002
Folder 57 Susquehanna County breakfast, April 24, 2002
Folder 58 The Honorable Lita and Stanley Cohen and Councilman Brian O'Neill fundraiser, April 26, 2002
Folder 59 Dale High fundraiser, April 26, 2002
Folder 60 Mario Mele event, April 28, 2002
Folder 61 Lancaster breakfast, May 11, 2002
Folder 62 Chester County fundraising dinner, May 14, 2002
Folder 63 Lewisburg luncheon, May 28, 2002
Folder 64 Triad Strategies/PA Orthopedics Association, May 30, 2002
Folder 65 Philadelphia roundtable with Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, May 30, 2002
Folder 66 Pittsburgh Westin Convention Center for November 5, 2002 election night, July 14, 2002

Section: Major Donor Files, 2002


Box 6
Box 7
Folder 1-6 Major Donor Files

Section: Subject Files, 1999-2002


Box 7
Folder 7 Fisher for Governor electronic files -- budget, briefings, donations, and event information
Folder 8 Campaign finance reports, January 24, 2002
Folder 9 Mail-in contributions (sampled)
Folder 10 Fisher for Governor and Friends of Michael Fisher certified public accountant reports, 1999-2000
Folder 11 Leadership Finance Committee
Folder 12 Pro-life donations, November 6, 2002
Folder 13 Staff salary report, February 2002

Subseries 6. Mike Fisher's Political Career Files, 1975-1999

Scope and Content Notes:

The DMF Political Career sub-series contains samples of Fisher's work throughout his political career. It includes a profile of his legislative record in the House and Senate; platform and opposition information from his initial gubernatorial campaign in 1994; and overview information and press releases from his time as Attorney General.

Folder 14 House of Representatives and Senate, 1975-1996
Folder 15 Gubernatorial candidate, 1994
Folder 16 Gubernatorial candidate -- Ridge/Schweiker campaign information, 1993-1994
Folder 17 Attorney General, 1996-1999

Subseries 7. Issue Files, 1978-2002

Scope and Content Notes:

The Issue Files sub-series is comprised of issues important to Fisher's campaign. They contain correspondence, news clips, press releases, reports, and other materials documenting his commitment to various campaign topics.

Folder 18 Fisher and Earll biographies, profiles, and important campaign issues overview, May 3, 2002
Folder 19 Agriculture
Folder 20 Anti-trust law, 1986-2000
Folder 21 Brag file, 2000
Folder 22 Campaign issues briefing notebook

Includes briefings on: economy, education, property taxes, agriculture, environment, state liquor stores, water, prescription drugs, transportation, redevelopment, Ed Rendell, and Bob Casey.

Folder 23 Death penalty, 1978-2002
Folder 24 Employment, economy, jobs files
Folder 25 Firemen
Folder 26 Net operating loss (NOL), 2001-2002
Folder 27 Pro-life
Folder 28 Right-to-know law/open records law, 2001-2002
Folder 29 Sportsmen
Folder 30 Fisher's positions, 1996-2002

Includes Fisher's positions on: economy/jobs in Pennsylvania, healthcare, and the environment.

Folder 31 Veterans

Subseries 8. Liquor Control Board, 1981-2002

Scope and Content Notes:

The Liquor Control Board (LCB) sub-series contains information related to Pennsylvania's Liquor Control Board and the state stores for alcohol contribution. It primarily contains Gov. Tom Ridge's materials and research on the privatization of the LCB and a small amount of information from Gov. Dick Thornburgh. These were likely research materials for Mike Fisher and his promise to privatize the LCB should he be elected governor (see, AIS.2007.07: Mike Fisher Papers, box 8, ff 1, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh).


Box 8
Folder 1 Clippings, August 19, 2002
Folder 2 Governor Ridge -- LCB Agendas, 1997
Folder 3 Governor Ridge -- LCB memorandum and correspondence, 1997
Folder 4 Governor Ridge -- LCB reports and presentations, 1997
Folder 5 Governor Ridge -- LCB statements, news releases, and liquor control information, 1997
Folder 6 Reports -- Privatization analysis, January 6, 1997
Folder 7 Governor Thornburgh materials, 1981-1983

Subseries 9. News Clipping Packets, 1988-2002

Scope and Content Notes:

The News Clip Packets sub-series is almost comprised entirely of photocopied newspaper articles. Each folder contains several packets named by their latest date and followed by their inclusive dates. They are arranged by their most recent date, a bundle often encompass several days of news - often to track a particular story, politician, or issue. Several bundles begin with either an editorial cartoon or magazine article, and one (October 21) contains copies from the 2002 Pennsylvania Voters Guide.

Subject focus is on the campaign issues prominent during the end of the gubernatorial 2002 campaign including schools/education underperformance, gambling, attack ads, endorsements, fund raising, taxes, abortion, and guns. Subjects vary by bundle and they may have served as daily media briefings for Mike Fisher.

The Newslibrary Document Delivery materials are in regard to Ed Rendell's early political career, and despite originally being housed with the news clipping bundles their relation to the rest of this material is unknown.

Duplicate bundles have been removed.

Folder 8 June 14th, 17th, and 26th packets, June 10-26, 2002
Folder 9 August 18th-23rd, 26th, and 28th packets, August 12-28, 2002
Folder 10 September 3rd-6th packets, August 21-September 6, 2002
Folder 11 September 9th-13th, 16th-17th, and 19th-20th packets, August 22-September, 2002
Folder 12 September 23rd-27th packets, September 8-27, 2002
Folder 13 September 30th packet, September 24-30, 2002
Folder 14 October 1st-4th packets, September 27-October 4, 2002
Folder 15 October 7th-11th packets, October 1-11, 2002
Folder 16 October 15th-18th packets, October 4-18, 2002
Folder 17 October 21st packet, October 13-21, 2002
Folder 18 October 23rd-25th packets, October 17-25, 2002
Folder 19 October 28th packet, October 23-28, 2002
Folder 20 October 29th packet, October 19-29, 2002
Folder 21 October 30th packet, October 23-30, 2002
Folder 22 October 31st packet, October 28-31, 2002
Folder 23 November 1st packet, October 27-November 1, 2002

Box 9
Folder 1 Newslibrary Document Delivery, 1988-1991

Subseries 10. News Clipping Subject Files, 2002

Scope and Content Notes:

All newsprint in this subseries are photocopied or printed, with the exception of folder 7: Loose newspapers and clippings.

Folder 2 Jane Earll, August 20 - September 25, 2002
Folder 3 Hershey Trust, August 7-30, 2002
Folder 4 Philadelphia Daily News, May 13 - September 6, 2002
Folder 5 Philadelphia Inquirer, May 11 - September 10, 2002
Folder 6 Loose articles, 2002

Many of these seem torn from or fallen out of the News Clipping Packets.

Folder 7 Various articles tagged by subject, May 28 - September 9, 2002
Folder 8 Loose newspapers and clippings

Subseries 11. Personal Information, 1997-2002

Scope and Content Notes:

The Personal Information sub-series consists of tax and medical information about Mike Fisher and Jane Earll.


Box 10
Folder 1 Income tax return - Jane M. Earll and John H. Daneri, 1998-2001
Folder 2 Income tax returns - D. Michael and Carol H. Fisher, 1997-2001
Folder 3 D. Michael Fisher medical records, 2002
Folder 4 Lt. Governor file - Jane Earll's bill of health, headshot, and various notes and clippings, 2001-2002

Subseries 12. Plans and Publications, 1996-2002

Scope and Content Notes:

The Plans and Publications sub-series is comprised of information on the Fisher/Earll gubernatorial agendas including plans for improving education, jobs, and senior citizen's services. This sub-series also includes information on reducing crime rate in Pennsylvania.

Folder 5 1993-1998 Hate Crimes in Pennsylvania Report, 1997
Folder 6 Attorney General Year in Review reports, 1997-2000
Folder 7 Family Violence Task Force reports, 1998-1999
Folder 8 Fisher/Earll coalition, education and jobs plans
Folder 9 School safety, 2000-2002
Folder 10 Seniors, 1996-2002

Subseries 13. Ed Rendell Files, 1995-2002

Scope and Content Notes:

The Ed Rendell Files sub-series is comprised of research conducted by the Fisher campaign into Ed Rendell's background and politics. It also includes detailed information on Rendell's campaign finance status.

Folder 11 Rendell financial information, 1995-2002

Includes small amount of information on Bob Casey Jr. and Barbara Hafer's finances as well.

Folder 12 Rendell career and legislation research, 2001-2002

Subseries 14. Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker Files, 1994-2002

Scope and Content Notes:

The Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker Files sub-series consists of accomplishments, initiatives, and publications of outgoing governors Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker. Schweiker, Ridge's lieutenant governor, became governor when Ridge resigned to become Homeland Security Adviser to George W. Bush in 2001.

Folder 13 Policy initiatives and accomplishments, 1994-2001
Folder 14 Gov. Schweiker publications, 2001-2002

Subseries 15. Subject Files, 1986-2002

Scope and Content Notes:

The Subject Files sub-series includes materials that did not fit into the other sub-series of the Mike Fisher for Governor series. These include a sampled selection of petitions, debate information, publications unrelated to the Fisher campaign, and a heavily marked directory for Seton-La Salle, Elizabeth Seton, South Hills Catholic High Schools.

Folder 15 Briefing regarding National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) multi-state report, October 5, 2000
Folder 16 Debate at Easton Express Times, October 2002
Folder 17 General Election Almanac, 2000
Folder 18 Miscellaneous publications, 1986-2002
Folder 19 Primary election materials
Folder 20 Sampled petitions for Mike Fisher and Jane Earll with related correspondence,
Folder 21 Seton-La Salle High School, Elizabeth Seton High School, and South Hills Catholic High School Alumni Directory, 1999

Heavily bookmarked.

Subseries 16. Tarrance Group Reports, 2000-2002

Scope and Content Notes:

The Tarrance Group Reports sub-series is comprised primarily of voter attitude surveys conducted by the Republican strategic research and polling consulting firm, The Tarrance Group. In addition to the voter surveys, there is a report with presentation slides analyzing the various gubernatorial candidates, but primarily focused on Mike Fisher, his campaign, and voter/newspaper perceptions of him and his political agenda.

Folder 22 A Survey of Voter Attitudes in Pennsylvania, February 2-3, 2000

Box 11
Folder 1 A Survey of Voter Attitudes in Pennsylvania, December 2-3, 2001
Folder 2 Tarrance Group report and presentation, February 8, 2002
Folder 3 A Survey of Voter Attitudes in Pennsylvania, September 3-4, 2002

Subseries 17. Schedules of Events, 2001-2003

Scope and Content Notes:

The Schedules of Events series comprises information on events that Fisher attended or was invited to. These files document when and where Fisher was during his gubernatorial campaign as well as the reasons he was there. Events include fundraisers, meet-and-greets, inaugurations, and other gatherings.


Box 12
Folder 1 Schedule of Events 2002, December 31, 2001 - May 31, 2002
Folder 2 Schedule of Events 2002, June 1 - October 2, 2002
Folder 3 Schedule of Events 2002, October 3 - December 31, 2001
Folder 4 Schedule of Events 2003, January 3 - June 2, 2003
Folder 5 Schedule of Events 2003, June 3 - September 12, 2003
Folder 6 Schedule of Events 2003, September 13 - December 11, 2003