Mayor's Race Campaign Finance Fizz

More numbers from this year's mayoral race.

By Erica C. Barnett March 12, 2013


This post has been corrected to reflect the fact that the state Realtors' association did not give a $6,000 in-kind contribution to Charlie Staadecker. We were looking at the wrong report, and we regret the error.  

We spent a little more time digging in to the mayoral candidates' contribution and expenditure numbers, which we broke down at a high level in Fizz this morning.

Some noteworthy finds:

• Tim Burgess may have been among last month's top two fundraisers, with just over $32,000 (his city council colleague Bruce Harrell came in first with a few dollars more than Burgess), but he spent more than he brought in during February, putting his February numbers technically in the red. (This month's report shows a $35,000 poll as an outstanding debt, although his campaign says he has since paid for the poll).

Overall, Burgess has about $73,000 on hand. 

• Burgess got a surprising number of contributions from former city department and office heads, including Pam Piering (Aging and Disability Services), Patricia McInturff (Human Services), Terri Kimball (Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault), Brenda Bauer (Fleets and Facilities), and Adrienne Quinn (Housing).

Burgess still hasn't paid back a $35,000 debt for a poll by the national Mellman Group, meaning his February numbers are still technically in the red.

Burgess also got contributions from former Seattle school board member Peter Maier, and current school board members Harium Martin-Morris and Sherry Carr, all so-called education reformers. Lisa MacFarlane, the head of Democrats for Education Reform, also contributed to Burgess. (DFER were big supporters of last year's charter ballot measure and MacFarlane contributed $1520 to that cause.)

• Burgess' contributions also include a $345 in-kind gift from Sullivan's, the dimly lit leather-boothed downtown steakhouse, for food and beverages. And he's loaned himself $5,213.

• McGinn, for his part, netted contributions from current city department heads Diane Sugimura (the Department of Planning and Development), Christopher Williams (Parks), and deputy mayor Darryl Smith. He also got a contribution from labor-lefty state Sen. Bob Hasegawa (D-11, Beacon Hill)—significant, for a mayor who has a reputation of "not getting along with Olympia." 

(Interestingly, Hasegawa's only other contribution this year so far was to Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, also running for reelection; Holmes, of course, has been mired in a public spat with McGinn about who has authority over the police reform process.)


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