Suzan DelBene added another $400,000 to her campaign for the 1st Congressional District seat, bringing her total spending to $2.3 million.
Her contribution last Wednesday means she now has exceeded her $2.2 million personal outlay for her unsuccessful 2010 race against U.S. Rep Dave Reichert. In this race, DelBene has personally outspent all four of Democratic opponents combined as the state’s most-contensted race for Congress grinds toward the August 7 primary.
DelBene’s self-financing has become a campaign attack for fellow Democrat Darcy Burner, who accuses DelBene using her personal net worth of an estimated $53 million to “buy this election.” DelBene has said she would “do my part” to contribute to her own campaign.
Republican John Koster, a Snohomish County Councilman, appears assured of advancing to the November general election, leaving the Democrats – DelBene, Burner, Laura Ruderman, Steve Hobbs and Darshan Rauniyar – as well as independent candidate Larry Ishmael fighting for a spot in the top-two primary.