Republican Pedro Celis and his wife have kicked in $36,000 to seed his challenge to Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene in the First Congressional District.
Celis, a retired Microsoft engineer, raised about $200,000 in about a month since he announced his candidacy in late February, according to a first-quarter fundraising report filed with the Federal Elections Commission. Of that total, Celis gave $30,800 and his wife, Laura donated another $5,200.
He has a ways to go to catch up to DelBene, who raised nearly $300,000 in the first quarter and reported about $900,000 in the bank. She has raised about $1.3 million in total for her re-election campaign.
A multimillionaire former Microsoft vice president, DelBene spent $2.8 million of her own money to win election to a first term in 2012 but has not put any of her own money into her re-election bid.
Among Celis’ early donors are former gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidate Dino Rossi, who gave $1,000, and former Seattle Mariner Edgar Martinez, who maxed out with $5,200.
DelBene’s first-quarter donors include Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, who gave $5,200. She also received more than $160,000 political-action committees, including corporate PACs for Boeing, Goldman Sachs, Walt Disney and Time Warner.