1) As we noted in this morning's ThinkTank (in which Microsoft's chief lobbyist and Tim Eyman square off over I-1125, Eyman's proposal to place new restrictions on tolling in Washington State), Microsoft chairman Steve Ballmer gave another $100,000 last week to the campaign against 1125.

So far, the anti-1125 campaign has raised about $2.3 million and has about $1 million on hand; Eyman's pro-1125 campaign has raised about $1.4 million and has only about $160,000 on hand.

2) In this year's five city council races, incumbents continued to vastly outpace their opponents in fundraising last month, with the most successful challenger, Bobby Forch, raising a total of just a third of incumbent Jean Godden's $240,000.

As of October 17, incumbent Tom Rasmussen had raised the most overall, with just over $309,000 raised (and $202,000 on hand). And incumbent Bruce Harrell had the largest number of individual contributors, with 1,083 separate donations.[pullquote] Incumbent Bruce Harrell had the largest number of individual contributors, with 1,083 separate donations.[/pullquote]

Challengers held the title for both the smallest and largest average contribution: David Schraer, challenging Tim Burgess, had an average contribution of $121, and Dian Ferguson, challenging Sally Clark, had an average contribution of $426. Among incumbents, Harrell had the smallest average contribution, at $251, and Clark had the largest, at $338.

3) Both Ferguson and Godden made last-minute contributions to their own campaigns yesterday. Godden dropped another $10,000 of her own cash into her campaign, bringing the total she's spent to just over $20,000. (Forch has spent $10,000 of his own money on his campaign.) And Ferguson contributed another $5,000 to her campaign, bringing her total to just under $20,000. Clark has not contributed to her own campaign.

4) Costco just contributed another $8.9 million to the campaign for I-1183, the liquor-privatization initiative, bringing its total to $22 million---the most ever spent by by a single donor on any state initiative.
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