With only four days left before the general election, Spokane Mayor Jack Geraghty has raised about $25,000 more than challenger John Talbott.
But when the campaign by a Seattle-based political action committee is thrown in, the scales tip the other way.
Geraghty had raised more than $66,000, and spent about $62,000 as of Friday, according to reports on file with the County Elections Office.
Talbott had raised about $42,000 and spent nearly $39,000.
An analysis of all campaign contributions to all candidates in the general election shows the candidates are more likely to get their money from supporters in the south parts of Spokane or downtown. About a third of all contributions came from zip codes south of Interstate 90.
When a total of $37,800 from the Citizen Action Coalition is added into the mix, the most lucrative zip code for campaign donations is in Seattle. That’s because it’s the address of Caryatid Inc., a company owned by David Sabey, a Seattle businessman and developer.
Sabey, the owner of NorthTown Mall, and Spokane developer John Stone formed the independent campaign committee in September. Through Caraytid, Sabey donated $30,000 to the effort to defeat Geraghty. Stone and two other Spokane donors contributed $3,000.
, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: CONTRIBUTIONS Here are the top contributors to campaigns in the Spokane mayoral race: To Jack Geraghty: Pridemark Outdoor Advertising, $2,580; Spokane Firefighters, State Council of County and City Employees, Associated General Contractors, $2,000 each; Kaiser Aluminum, $1,500; Washington Water Power, 715 Associates, D.M. Jones of Spokane and Laborers Local 238, $1,000 each. To John Talbott: A $5,000 loan from himself; Spokane Home Builders Association, $4,000; John Luger of Bellevue, Wash., $3,000; Steve Livingston of Greenacres, $2,000; Raymond Hanson, Martin Howser, Robert and Jackie Taigen and TEB Inc., $1,000 each. To Citizens Action Coalition: Caryatid, Inc. of Seattle, $30,000; Sabey Corp., Seattle, $2,050; John Stone, Stanley and Patricia Erickson of Bellevue, Wash., $2,000 each. All donors are from Spokane unless otherwise noted. Source: Public Disclosure Commission
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