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Ballot measures rake in big bucks

A startling statistic, courtesy of the state Public Disclosure Commission and Secretary of State’s offices: Neary three times as much money has been raised by the campaigns for and against the ballot measures as the combined total raised by all legislative, judicial, county and city candidates this year.

Money raised for and against the ballot measures: $60.2 million.
Money raised by all candidates: $21.5 million.

Many readers may have sensed that, based on the commercials flooding the airwaves, the mailers clogging the mail boxes, and the robo calls tying up the phone lines.

But it’s possible you ain’t seen nothing yet. That’s because the initiative campaigns have only reported spending $41.6 million of the money they took in. And they’ve got a fairly small window of opportunity to convince you to vote yes or no. The window closes a little bit more each day until Nov. 2, when it shuts all together.

There was a huge influx of money last week because of limits placed on donors in the final three weeks of the campaign.


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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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