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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

September 25, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Dunn opens wallet, puts $100k into his own campaign

Republican Reagan Dunn has sunk $100,000 of his own money into his campaign for attorney general.

Dunn’s opponent, Democrat Bob Ferguson, quickly sent out an email saying, “he is trying to buy his way into the Office of Attorney General” because Dunn trails in recent polls.

Dunn’s response? He contends Democratic candidates have an advantage in our blue state, and that Ferguson got a head start in fundraising because he announced his candidacy several months sooner.

Putting $100,000 –- of $1.3 million in total contributions -– “to augment your message and level the playing field is not trying to buy the election,” he said.

Dunn said he hasn’t decided if he will invest more in his campaign. “It’s still a little bit of an uphill fight but very winnable,” he said.

His personal financial report to state watchdogs suggests that his wife, Paige Green Dunn, part of Seattle’s storied Green family, may have more valuable investments than Dunn.

But the reports show assets and income in ranges that max out at “$100,000 or more” and aren’t specific enough to verify that’s the case.

Dunn, a Metropolitan King County Council member like Ferguson, notes that he inherited money from his late mother and stepfather. And he is not going to donate his wife’s money or ask her to donate. “I do to this out of separate property,” he said.

Ferguson has raised $1.15 million in the race. The money-raising edge has see-sawed back and forth between the candidates.

In a story he likes to tell, Ferguson says he asked his wife, Colleen, what they have to invest in the race, and she said she’d look at the Blue Book value of his 1993 Honda Civic.

“And you guessed right,” Ferguson wrote in his recent email. “It won’t buy us a single TV spot.”

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