The Seattle Times isn't the only big donor giving to campaigns in the crucial final weeks of the election season.

Some big last-minute donations came in to the initiative campaigns and the candidates this week.

I-1240, the charters measure

The Washington Education Association, the teachers' union, which had already given $150,000 (a lot, but not A LOT), kicked in another $50,000 to the anti-charter schools campaign this week.

And the National Education Association kicked in $250,000, it's first contribution to the cause. 

The pro-charters side is crushing the anti-campaign in the money chase, though, having raised more than $9 million (including  $2.8 million in contributions from Bill Gates). The anti-charters camp has raised just about $400,000.

R-74, gay marriage

 

 

Already way out in front of the anti-gay marriage campaign, the pro-gay marriage group Washington United for Marriage took in several more big donations this week. 

Microsoft, which had already given $45,000, gave another $50,000.

And then there were some new big donors: Eddie Vedder, who's living in Nashville, sent in $5,000; Nike gave $5,000; and Real Networks millionaire Rob Glaser gave $25,000.

And while the DC-based anti-gay marriage group, National Organization for Marriage has given $860,000 ($200,000 of it on Monday and $600,000 total this month), the pro-gay marriage side is ahead $10.4 million to $1.8 million, with about $900,000 cash on hand vs. $400,000 cash on hand for the 'No' camp.

McKenna got his own last-minute contribution this week too: $1,800 from DOCPAC, a committee affiliated with U.S. Rep. Philip Gingrey (R-GA), a member of the Tea Party Caucus in DC.

Key State Legislature Races

Hopeful that they have a chance to knock out  arch-conservative Republican incumbent state Sen. Don Benton (R-17, Vancouver), the Democrats gave $24,000 to liberal challenger Rep. Tim Probst (D-17, Vancouver) this week.

That's good news for Probst who was down to about $20,000 cash on hand (he'd raised about $240,000) as opposed to Benton, who has $141,000 cash on hand having raised nearly $400,000 total.

The Republicans had already given Benton $63,000 earlier in the season.

The Democrats also gave $18,600 to 5th District Issaquah state senate hopeful Mark Mullet. Mullet was down to about $5,000 cash on hand vs. his Republican opponent Brad Toft's $10,000. Both have raised about $250,000.

This will be a big win if the Democrats can pull it off—which they may due to Toft's messy personal life.

This is Dino Rossi's former seat. Rossi was replaced by Republican Cheryl Pflug (R-5, Maple Valley), who retired this year and endorsed Mullet.

The Democrats currently have a 27-22 advantage in the Senate. There are about five seats in play.

The Governor's Race

Not to be outdone by the GOP—which gave $1.7 million to Rob McKenna earlier this month—the Democrats, who've already given $2 million to Jay Inlsee, gave him another $93,000 on Wednesday.

McKenna got his own last-minute contribution this week too: $1,800 from DOCPAC, a committee affiliated with U.S. Rep. Philip Gingrey (R-GA), a member of the Tea Party Caucus in DC.

Locally

Former mayor Charley Royer gave $1,000 to the seawall campaign this week.

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