Seattle Mayor's Race 2013

The Latest Mayoral Fundraising Numbers: Burgess Comes Out Ahead

The latest fundraising numbers in this year's hotly contested mayoral race.

By Erica C. Barnett May 10, 2013


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April fundraising and spending figures for the mayor's race are rolling in, with only Mayor Mike McGinn, among the candidates who are raising significant money, not yet reporting. Here's a look, race by race, at what we know so far. 

Bruce Harrell reported contributions in April of $34,086, bringing his total raised to $112,559. His total on hand is $55,907.

Notable contributions: $700 from developer Dan Duffus and his wife, Linda Duffus. Duffus is under fire for building single-family infill housing on so-called "substandard" lots—lots that are smaller than the minimum requirement for single-family houses but are exempted because they were grandfathered in under old zoning rules. 

And $700 from former mayor Wes Uhlman, who, Harrell told us, put his "arm around me when I was 12 and gave me hope that I would be able to be on the city council and perhaps run for mayor." 

Notable expenditures: $230 to the Athletic Awards trophy company for a plaque to honor the late council member Richard McIver. 

Tim Burgess reported contributions in April of $37,420, bringing his total raised to $231,979. His total on hand is $100,249. 

Notable contributions: $700 from Bill Schrier, the former head of the city's Department of Information Technology (DoIT). 

$700 from former mayor Charley Royer. 

$100 from former governor Dan Evans, and Eastlake business owner Jules James, also a Republican.

$500 from Kate Pflaumer, the former auditor of the Office of Professional Accountability, which investigates claims of police misconduct. 

Ed Murray reported contributions in April of $6,543, bringing his total raised to $123,973. He has $55,302 on hand. 

(Major asterisk: Murray, who has been barred from raising money while the legislature is in session, has just launched into a mad fundraising dash for the two weeks between the regular and special sessions;  his fundraising numbers this month, including the $20,000 or so his campaign says he raised at an event last night, are not reflected in the past month's totals, which only represent two days—April 29 and 30.)

Notable contributions: $74 from inconsolable Democrat Brendan Williams, who served with Murray in the state house. (Williams, along with several others, gave $74, a tribute to R-74, the gay-marriage initiative for which Murray was the legislature's most vocal advocate). 

$700 from Martha Choe, the former city council member for whom Murray was a legislative aide.

Notable expenditures: $525 to register for the gay, lesbian, and transgender pride parade in June. 

Peter Steinbrueck reported contributions in April of $17,854, bringing his total raised to $62,153. He has $37,842 on hand. 

Notable contributions: $200 from Irene Wall, the North Seattle neighborhood activist/

$50 from David Bloom, the homeless advocate-turned-city council candidate-turned-homeless advocate. 

$60 from city council member Nick Licata. 

Notable expenditures: $108 for parking and another $367 for mileage. Hello, urbanism! 

$40 for lunch with a campaign consultant at North Seattle greasy spoon Beth's Café, home of the 12-egg omelet and all-you-can-eat hash browns. (Bonus points for restraint, though, for spending just $14 to feed the campaign steering committee at DeLaurenti's, which may be the smallest amount ever spent at the Pike Place Market bacchanalia for Italophiles. 

Charlie Staadecker raised $20,229 in April, bringing his total raised to $152,354 and his cash on hand to $74,592.

Notable contributions: As in previous fundraising reports, the notable thing about long-shot candidate (but impressive fundraiser) Staadecker is that most of his money isn't from Seattle, coming instead from folks in places like Renton, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Bellevue, and Shoreline. Although the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission hasn't updated its charts comparing money from out of town to money from within Seattle, their most recent (March) chart shows that 43 percent of Staadecker's money at that point was from out of town—a far greater percentage than any other candidate except Bruce Harrell, who got 44 percent of his contributions from outside Seattle as of March. 

Notable expenditures: $8,461 to fundraising consultant Colby Underwood for April alone—meaning he spent nearly half of what he raised in April on fundraising. 

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