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Conservative Dem PAC Lags Behind in Money Chase

By Josh Feit July 6, 2010

With two Roadkill Democrats under attack from liberal Democratic challengers—Lillian Kaufer is taking on state Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-44, Snohomish) and Nick Harper is taking on state Sen. Jean Berkey (D-38, Everett)—it seems like a good time to check back in on the Roadkill Caucus PAC.

The Roadkill Caucus is the self-deprecating name a group of Democrats in the state legislature gave themselves because they feel they get run over by their liberal Democratic colleagues on the left and their more conservative Republican opponents on the right every session.

As we reported last month, the Roadkillers set up a PAC to support their campaigns as big labor, for example, gets behind challengers like Harper and Kaufer.

Here are the stats to date: They've raised about $8,000, most of it (more than $6,000) coming in at their June 8 debut BBQ fundraiser at the Indian Summer Golf Club in Olympia, which was hosted by a group of corporate lobbyists from Eli Lilly, Costco, Amgen, Anheuser-Busch, and Pacificorp. Their biggest contributions came from from Puget Sound Energy, The Regence Group, and the Aerospace Futures Alliance.

State Sens. Mary Margaret Haugen (D-10, Camano Island) and Brian Hatfield (D-19, Raymond), both Roadkillers, have contributed $100 each.

The group has its work cut out for it, though. As the P-I.com reports, the Washington State Labor Council's DIME PAC, specifically formed to challenge conservative Democrats, has raised $890,000.

That'll certainly be helpful to Kaufer and Harper, who've only raised $12,000 and $21,000 respectively. Some context: Kaufer's opponent, Hobbs, has raised $146,000 and Harper's opponent, Berkey, has raised $61,000.
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