According to a fundraising update that Democratic Congressional candidate Suzan DelBene tweeted this morning, she's raised $300,000. Delbene, the former Director of the State Department of Revenue and one of three female former Microsoft execs in the race, is going for Jay Inslee's open seat in the newly drawn 1st Congressional District that stretches from the Microsoft suburbs north to Canada.

Given that DelBene has only been in the race since mid-January, $300,000 raised is quite a feat. And her campaign assures me that the pile of cash comes strictly from donations and not from her own check book. (DelBene is rich and downloaded $2.3 million of her own money into her 2010 run against Republican US Rep. Dave Reichert. One of her many Democratic rivals in this year's race, state Rep. Roger Goodman, has groused about DelBene's personal wealth.)

Official reports on first quarter fundraising, which ends on March 31, will be online at the Federal Elections Commission by mid-April. As things stood at last count, former state rep Laura Ruderman was in the lead having raised $258,000 with $187,000 cash on hand. Goodman had raised $209,000 with just $53,000 on hand and has indicated to me that fundraising has been "anemic" this quarter. Darcy Burner is at the low-end of the cash race, but she joined the race in October, much later than the other candidates. She had raised $127,000 with $89,000 on hand at last count.
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