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Politics Northwest

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

November 3, 2014 at 2:31 PM

The money trail: How a billionaire spread his wealth in state Senate races

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Last month, we reported on how California billionaire Tom Steyer was getting some of the $1.25 million he’s spent on legislative races in Washington state into the District 45 race between GOP Sen. Andy Hill and Democrat Matt Isenhower.

As you can see in the graphic above — click on it for a clearer view — we’ve gone back and tried to make a full accounting of Steyer’s money and how it’s gotten into all the competitive state Senate campaigns.

Keep in mind that groups like Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) and the Democratic Party spending committees (the Kennedy Fund and The Harry Truman Fund) are getting lots of donations and working on lots of races.

For example, WCV has also contributed to separate independent spending in the 28th District race in support of Democrat Tami Green. And WCV and the Kennedy Fund have both donated to another fund supporting 42nd District Democrat Seth Fleetwood, known as Sensible Leadership for Whatcom.

But this will give you a good sense of where the Steyer money has gone.

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