Monday Jolt

Monday Jolt: Mayoral Race Edition

Some jolting news about the mayoral race.

By Afternoon Jolt October 7, 2013

Afternoon Jolt

Today's winner: Mayor Mike McGinn.

The latest fundraising numbers from the mayor's race are in, and, surprising Jolt, Mayor Mike McGinn brought in an impressive $36,000, coming off weeks of anemic contributions ($8,300 last week, $585 the week before that, to Murray's $38,000 and $17,000).

McGinn campaign spokesman Aaron Pickus says the increased fundraising totals are due to "a collection of factors," including a fundraising breakfast in South Lake Union last week and a redoubled effort of dialing for dollars, which Pickus says "has been going well." 

On the list of contributors: UFCW organizer Steve Williamson (the union, which represents grocery workers, has endorsed McGinn, and Williamson has given $300 total), Cascade Bicycle Club's political wing, BikePAC ($700), city council member and frequent McGinn ally Mike O'Brien ($100), and Climate Solutions policy director K.C. Golden ($100), who testified alongside McGinn against the coal train proposal in D.C. earlier this year.)  

Also today, Working Families for Mike McGinn, the UFCW-funded PAC that supports the mayor, reported spending nearly $18,000 on radio and TV ads backing McGinn; the PAC currently has just $100 in the bank. 

Today's ... well, just Jolt: According to his web site, Seattle-based speech consultant Frank Greer "has helped elect U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, South African President Nelson Mandela, Czechoslovakian President Vaclav Havel, Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom and President Horacio Cartes in Paraguay."

And now, Jolt hears, he's helping mayoral candidate Ed Murray—an acknowldegment that the state senator badly needs a crash course in public speaking.

Murray's campaign hasn't reported its spending for the month. His campaign spokesman, Sandeep Kaushik, confirms only that Greer "is a supporter of Ed."


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