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Blog posting, the long form: Interesting things from local legislative campaign-finance filings…

Yesterday brought another deadline for filing data to the Public Disclosure Commission, Washington's campaign-finance agency.

We haven't found any big revelations in our region's races yet, but have come across a number of interesting tidbits about who's donating to who.

Here they are, race by race:

District 6 race for state senate
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-Democratic challenger Chris Marr ($286,000 so far) continues to raise money like the house is on fire, far outpacing Republican incumbent Brad Benson's $148,000.
Among Marr's recent donors: Tacoma's "City of Destiny PAC" ($700), the Inland Northwest PAC ($700), Spokane city councilman Bob Apple ($25), and $350 from Harold Higgins, president of Big Daddy's Casino.
Among Benson's: The Service Employees' International Union's state council, the Far West Agribusiness Association, and InsurePAC, all of whom gave $700.

District 7 race for senate:
-Fundraising's been slow lately ($5,045 total) for Democratic challenger Chris Zaferes, although progressive activist and tweezer company magnate/Cantwell campaign co-chair Dal LaMagna -- a donor to several local Democratic campaigns -- contributed $1,400 in August.
-Republican incumbent Bob Morton, on the other hand, is raking in the cash, much it from PACs. Recent donors include AT&T, Physicians EyePAC and Tesoro, all of whom gave the $700 max for this campaign cycle.

(For a map of legislative districts, click here.)

District 3 race for House:
-Republican challenger Laura Carder: $0 reported so far.
-Democratic incumbent Alex Wood, however, has an unusual distinction: no money at all from any individual. His entire $16,550 as of Sept. 18th is all PAC money, according to his campaign reports. Groups representing architects, lawyers, beer & wine wholesalers, the state Indian Gaming Association, truckers and auto dealers all gave the maximum $700. It's good to be an incumbent, apparently.

District 4 race for state House:
-Democratic challenger Ed Foote -- singlehandedly bringing civility back to politics by prefacing his donors' names with "Mr.", "Mrs." or "Ms." in his campaign reports -- has raised only $2,260. Of that, $200 came from former congressional candidate Don Barbieri, $100 from current congressional candidate Peter Goldmark and his wife, and $700 from Dal LaMagna.
-Republican incumbent Lynn Schindler has $34,565. She also has relatively few individual donors. Recent contributors include the Holland America cruise line ($300), Architects PAC ($250), Wal-Mart ($700 and Tesoro ($500).

District 6 House race:
-Democrat Don Barlow has raised $29,975, including $200 from former House candidate Laurie Dolan (who landed very well indeed, now running Gov. Gregoire's policy shop), $250 from the Squaxin Island Tribe, $100 from Spokane city councilman Bob Apple and $1,400 from Native American voters' PAC INDN's List.
-Republican incumbent John Serben, however, has $67,615, including a long list of contributions from corporate PACs: Glaxo Smith Kline, Premera Blue Cross, InsurePAC, Wal-Mart and Phillip Morris USA among them.

Another District 6 House race:-Democratic challenger and perennial candidate Barbara Lampert has raised $0, according to her campaign reports.
-Republican incumbent and relentless doorbeller John Ahern has $29,770, including recent donations from the state restaurant association ($700), insurer PEMCO ($150), and Wal-Mart ($700).

District 7 House race:
-Democratic challenger and college IT guy Jack Miller -- who also prefaces every donor's name with "Mr.", "Mrs." or "Ms." -- has $18,314. Among the donors, Colville's Mary Selecky ($100), who also happens to be Washington's Secretary of Health.
-Republican incumbent Bob Sump's $32,825 war chest leans heavily toward PAC contributions. Among the recent ones: 7-Eleven, AT&T, Tesoro and Wal-Mart.

District 9 House race: (open seat)
-Fundraising appears to have slowed for Democrat Caitlin Ross, who's running on a thin $4,475 budget. But she'll probably get political points for her recent ad -- showing a beaming Ross standing in a sun-drenched Palouse field -- in Wheat Life magazine. Donors include Spokane legislative candidate Chris Marr ($250), Don Barbieri ($500), Seattle talk-show host (and her Dad) Dave Ross ($700) and yes, Dal LaMagna ($1,400).
-Republican candidate Steve Hailey slowed his fundraising considerably since the four-way GOP primary. He's raised $28,057 this year, although he spent most of that on the primary. He's presumably banking on the fact that the farm-belt Ninth hasn't sent a Democrat to the state House since the 1930s.



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