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2011 elections: Who’s spending what

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…

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The top donors to initiative campaigns (so far)

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.

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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.


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