Notably for a council member who's running virtually unopposed (while Burgess has amassed more than $173,000 in contributions, his only opponent, Darryl Carter-Metcalf, has raised no money), Burgess already has more than 500 contributors. And many of those contributors are former associates or appointees of ex-mayor Greg Nickels, whom McGinn defeated, or people with an ax to grind against McGinn.
Some of the more noteworthy names:
Former Team Nickels members:
Nickels' onetime spokesman and council candidate Casey Corr, gave $150.
Tim Ceis, former deputy mayor under Nickels, who now runs his own political-consulting firm, gave $200. (He also contributed to Jean Godden and Bruce Harrell). Ryan Bayne, a co-founder of Ceis' consulting firm, gave $100. Ceis has lobbied the city council on several issues, but isn't allowed to lobby the mayor (and is reportedly none too popular on the seventh floor).
Emelie East, Nickels' longtime liaison to the council and now the third partner in Ceis' firm, gave Burgess $100. She also contributed to Godden and Harrell.
Not a ton of money, but noteworthy nonetheless: Andrew Glass-Hastings, a longtime senior advisor to Nickels who now works at King County, gave Burgess $50.
Former high-ranking city employees under Nickels:
Former city librarian Deborah Jacobs, who left the city in 2008, gave Burgess $100.
Michael Killoren, head of the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture under Nickels and briefly under McGinn, gave $100.
Former Office of Professional Accountability auditor Kate Pflaumer, who reviewed OPA's investigations into allegations of police misconduct, gave $200. (Current OPA Auditor Anne Levinson gave Burgess $100.)
Former city housing office director Adrienne Quinn, who resigned, possibly at McGinn's request, a few days after McGinn took office, gave $250.
McGinn's political opponents, past and present:
Joe Mallahan, McGinn's opponent during the 2009 election. Mallahan's only other contribution this year so far was to Brad Meacham, the former Municipal League head who's running against Harrell.
Former city council member Tina Podlodowski, who served as co-chair of Mallahan's campaign, gave Burgess $700. She also maxed out to Clark, her protege and former employee at the Lifelong AIDS Alliance, and gave $100 to Harrell.
Downtown Seattle Association spokesman Jon Scholes. The DSA has butted heads with McGinn over numerous issues, including Burgess' controversial aggressive panhandling legislation, which McGinn vetoed, the deep-bore tunnel (DSA supports it, McGinn obviously opposes it), and parking rates (McGinn's transportation department raised them to $4 downtown, which DSA opposed).
Seattle Business Coalition head Joe Quintana, a tunnel proponent who also helped lead a coalition that opposed McGinn's efforts to raise utility taxes and parking rates and hours. Quintana has also given to Godden, Harrell, and Sally Clark; in a phenomenon known as the "late train," he gave a conciliatory $250 donation to McGinn several months after he was elected.
Public-affairs consultant Don Stark, the lobbyist for a business-backed group pushing the city council to move forward on the tunnel, has contributed $100 to Burgess' campaign. Stark has also given to Godden, Harrell, and Rasmussen; like Quintana, Stark jumped on the McGinn late train with a December 2009 $250 contribution.
Ivar's restaurant owner Bob Donegan, a tunnel proponent who has called the anti-tunnel initiatives a waste of time, gave Burgess $250.
North Seattle Industrial Association president Eugene Wasserman, who has clashed with McGinn over his support for bike lanes in the Ballard industrial area---including a "road diet" on Nickerson and the completion of the "Missing Link" of the Burke-Gilman Trail---gave McGinn $100. He also contributed to Harrell and Rasmussen.
Restaurant owner Tom Douglas, who has been an outspoken opponent of McGinn's plans to raise parking rates and lengthen paid parking hours downtown, gave $500.
Seattle Chamber of Commerce VP Charles Knutson and former CEO Steve Leahy gave $250, and $50, respectively; Leahy gave McGinn a $150 post-election contribution in December 2009.
Other noteworthy names:
Seattle attorney Henry Aronson, best known for his vocal opposition to the monorail, gave Burgess $100.
Tim Hatley, who maxed out to Nickels in 2009, gave Burgess $100. He also contributed to Godden and wrote McGinn a post-election check for $250.
Richard Hedreen, a downtown developer best known for trying to get a $6 million tax break without building the required affordable housing back in 2002 (Nickels vetoed the deal), gave $700. He also contributed to Godden.
And some folks who may surprise you:
Lake City community member Renee Staton, a big McGinn supporter during last year's election who maxed out early to McGinn, contributed $100. Staton says that while she was skeptical of Burgess at first, "over the past two years, I have grown to respect him greatly. He is smart, considers all sides of an issue and is honest, clear and respectful to those who disagree with him. I do not always agree with Tim, but I enjoy working with him and appreciate his professionalism and his willingness to consider new ideas."
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Dave Meinert, a club owner and music promoter who supported McGinn in 2009, gave $500. If Meinert's contribution seems surprising, it shouldn't be: Meinert has long supported Burgess' efforts to improve safety around clubs downtown.
Two other club owners, Neumos owner Steve Severin and Crocodile owner Marcus Charles, gave $100 and $250, respectively.
And in what looks like a bit of a coup for Burgess, who's widely seen as a law-and-order guy (see: the panhandling ordinance) public defender Lisa Daugaard---one of the city's most prominent social-justice lefties---gave Burgess $100.
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