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Politics Northwest

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

September 23, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Nearly half a million dollars reported spent on new I-594 ads

No, the political ads won’t be going away anytime soon. In fact, get ready for more.

The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility is spending another $465,800 on TV ads to support I-594, the initiative to expand gun purchase background checks to private sales. The news comes according to a document filed Monday with the state Public Disclosure Commission.

The ad features King County Prosecutor Daniel Satterberg and Kitsap County Prosecutor Russell Hauge touting the benefits of background checks. One of the alliance’s previous ads featured former Bellingham Police Chief Don Pierce.

We’re now less than two months to the election, and the alliance appears to be pacing itself both in fundraising and spending. The alliance has raised more than $7.5 million – much of it from mega-wealthy donors and Michael Bloomberg’s gun advocacy organization – and still has several million dollars in the bank.

The National Rifle Association (NRA), which opposes I-594, reported spending some money through its local independent expenditure committee in August, and the Washington Post reported earlier this month that the NRA has staffers on the ground and organizing.

Another gun initiative is on the ballot, too. I-591 would prevent the state from adopting background checks beyond those required by federal law. The independent spending committee supporting that initiative has spent about $830,000 of the $1.1 million that is has raised, according to the disclosure records.

Both I-594 and I-591 will appear on the November general election ballot, so read the fine print and make sure you’re voting for the one you want.

Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, Local government | Topics: dan satterberg, i-591, i-594

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