Thursday Jolt: The Latest Campaign Finance Numbers
Today's winner: District elections. Faye Garneau, the North Seattle businesswoman who heads the Aurora Avenue Merchants Association, contributed another $10,000 to the campaign to convert Seattle's existing at-large city council into a system based on geographical districts, bringing her total contribution, in donations and ostensible "loans," to nearly $158,000.
Garneau, as we've reported, says she expects the districts campaign to pay her back, but as of the end of April, the last month complete contribution and expenditure reports were filed, the campaign was more than $120,000 in the red because of the expense of paying people to gather signatures.
The campaign is reportedly planning to submit nearly 50,000 signatures to the city clerk's office within the next week.