All the mayoral candidates have reported their past week of contributions to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission—a week-by-week snapshot of who's up and who's down in this year's hotly contested mayoral election.
One major caveat: None of these weekly reports include expenditures, so the cash each candidate has "on hand" may vary widely from the amounts listed below, depending on how much a candidate has spent (for example, on pricey consultants) in the five weeks since the last reports that included expenditures.
Mayor Mike McGinn had his best week so far, raising $12,353 (compared to last week's anemic $4,670), bringing his total to $258,032 and bringing his cash on hand (again, we haven't been able to subtract expenditures, so this is a rough guide) to $156,526.
Among McGinn's notable contributors: Seattle Center spokeswoman Deborah Daoust ($50), McGinn policy director Ethan Raup ($100), and Diane Sugimura, head of the city's Department of Planning and Development.
Bruce Harrell had a lackluster week, raising just $6,030 (less than half of last week's $12,325), bringing his total raised to $201,984 and his cash on hand (with the same footnote) to $125, 031.
Notable contributors include the Association of Medical Marijuana Producers, which gave Harrell $200, and both Honda and Toyota of Seattle, which each gave him $350.
Ed Murray, who was barred from fundraising until the legislative session ended on June 29, brought in $27,785—a big number compared to the others, but also a reflection of pent-up support from backers who were unable to contribute until this past week. That brings Murray's total raised to $254,234, or (same footnote) to $113,918 on hand.
Notable contributors include former parks department director Ken Bounds ($350), the Teamsters Local 117 ($700) former city fleets and facilities division director Brenda Bauer ($174), and the former head of the city's domestic violence and sexual assault division, Terri Kimball ($300).
The lesson here: Current city employees give to McGinn (despite his once-upon-a-time derisive comments about such an obvious conflict; while former city employees give to the opponents of the mayor who fired them.
In addition to former city employees, notable Murray contributors include former Vulcan community relations manager Lyn Tangen ($700), city council member Tim Burgess and his wife Jolene ($1,400), and Brian Hawksford, an aide to city council member Tom Rasmussen. Vulcan has traditionally backed McGinn.
Meanwhile, People for Ed Murray, the independent expenditure campaign that was set up on Murray's behalf, reported contributions last week of $10,500, bringing the group's total raised to $18,935—which, if added to the official Murray campaign's total raised, brings the total dollar figure of contributions on Murray's behalf to the highest in the race, besting even McGinn.
Finally, former city council member Peter Steinbrueck brought in $6,582—that, for the math-challenged, is actually (and surprisingly), more than Harrell—bringing Steinbrueck's total raised to $134,052 and his total cash on hand to $84,074.
Notable Steinbrueck contributions include $25 from former King County Democratic Party chair Steve Zemke, $206 from Queen Anne activist Kirk Robbins, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the arena (which Steinbrueck, alone among the mayoral candidates, opposed), and onetime mayoral candidate and $50 from Occupy Seattle pepper-spray victim Dorli Rainey.
Ballots go out in the mail in mid-July; the last day to cast your vote is August 6.