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OLYMPIA – With control of the state Senate in the balance, legislative candidates could pull in record amounts of money. Some ballot measure campaigns also are spending heavily as the election deadline approaches.
Their fates may be decided by a relatively small number of voters. Early turnout is light throughout the state, and less than half of Spokane County’s eligible voters are expected to return their ballots. . .
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OLYMPIA – Led by a multi-million dollar battle for who controls liquor sales in Washington, initiatives and candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot have spent more than $18 million on trying to sway voters in the last three weeks.
This may come as no surprise to state residents who can’t turn on the television without seeing firefighters argue whether voters’ lives will be better or worse if state-run liquor stores go the way of the Model T. Other state initiative campaigns have their own TV messages, and campaigns big and small are filling mail boxes with slick mailers.
Campaigns were required this week to report all spending through Tuesday to the State Public Disclosure Commission. While more money will be spent by some campaigns that remain flush with cash, that won’t be reported until Dec. 12, when most bills are paid and many campaigns tally their final account.
Tuesday’s deadline covers some of the most intense spending of any campaign season…
Here are the Top 25 donors to Washington state initiative campaigns:
$14,427,750 AMERICAN BEVERAGE ASSOCIATION, WASHINGTON, DC For I-1107
$2,000,000 NATIONAL BEER WHOLESALERS ASSN, ALEXANDRIA, VA Against I-1100&1105
$1,219,500 YOUNG’S MARKET COMPANY LLC, LOS ANGELES For I-1105
$1,196,033 COSTCO, ISSAQUAH For I-1100
$1,024,500 ODOM SOUTHERN HOLDINGS LLC, BELLEVUE For I-1105
$1,000,000 WA BEER & WINE WHOLESALERS ASSN PAC, TACOMA Against I-1100&1105
$1,000,000 BEER INSTITUTE, WASHINGTON, DC Against I-1100& 1105
$522,502 UFCW LOCAL 21, SEATTLE Against I-1100&1105
$507,597 BUILDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF WASHINGTON, OLYMPIA For I-1082
$500,000 GATES WILLIAM H., SEATTLE For I-1098
$416,000 SEIU WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL, SEATTLE For I-1098 & Against I-1107
$305,000 LIBERTY MUTUAL GROUP, DOVER, NH For I-1082
$267,511 SEIU HEALTHCARE 775 NW, FEDERAL WAY For I-1098
$200,000 WA FEDERATION OF STATE EMPLOYEES, OLYMPIA For I-1098, Against I-1082
$200,000 WYCKOFF ANN P., SEATTLE For I-1098
$200,000 SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION, WASHINGTON, DC, For I-1098
$124,000 WASHINGTON STATE ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE, SEATTLE Against I-1082
$105,000 BARER JOSEPH, SEATTLE Against I1098
$100,000 DON’T INVEST IN MORE EXCUSES PAC, SEATTLE Against I-1082
$100,000 MARLER CLARK LLP, SEATTLE For I-1098
$100,000 AEROSPACE MACHINISTS INDUSTRIAL Dist. 75, SEATTLE Against I-1082
$100,000 RUNSTAD JON, SEATTLE, Against I-1098
$100,000 STOP INSURANCE INDUSTRY TAKEOVERS, SEATTLE, Against I-1082
$100,000 WA STATE COUNCIL OF COUNTY & CITY EMPLOYEES PAC, EVERETT For I-1098
$100,000 NORDSTROM JOHN, SEATTLE, Against I-1098
For the Top 10 Spokane area donors, go inside the blog.