Democratic candidate Suzan DelBene, a multimillionaire, has put another $500,000 of her own money into her campaign for the 1st Congressional District seat, according to campaign finance reports filed Thursday afternoon. That means DelBene has put about $2.8 million into her primary and general election efforts, in addition to about $1.4 million she has raised from donors.
Her opponent, Republican John Koster, reported having raised a total of
$996,036 just over $1 million, almost entirely from donors. Koster actually has a little more money on hand: $158,499 versus DelBene’s $150,635. Still, DelBene is getting a lot more independent spending on her side, with national Democratic and women’s groups spending thousands of dollars to attack her opponent on his conservative positions on social issues.
With 12 days left until election day, DelBene spokesman Viet Shelton said he doesn’t know whether DelBene will put even more money into the race.
“It’s part of the overall comprehensive budget to finish strong,” he said.
Half of DelBene’s most recent contribution is a loan, so it could be repaid later.