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November 3, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Record independent expenditures flow to legislative races

Led by deep-pocketed environmentalist and business interests, a record amount of independent spending by Democratic and Republican allies is pouring into Washington’s legislative races. Independent spending in legislative races. (Source: Public Disclosure Commission) As of Monday, independent political committees had spent more than $7.7 million on 2014 legislative contests — up from $5.9 million in 2012,…

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June 5, 2013 at 1:05 PM

With Ed Murray locked in fundraising freeze, backers create independent committee

Seattle mayoral candidate Ed Murray faces one obstacle not shared by his rivals.

As a state senator, Murray is barred from raising campaign cash while the Legislature remains in session. With lawmakers locked in a budget stalemate, that has threatened to become a liability for the Murray campaign as the Aug. 6 primary draws closer.

Now a group of Murray backers is stepping in to fill the void, forming an independent political committee called People for Ed Murray.

The group, whose co-chairs include former Seattle Mayor Charles Royer and Puget Sound Partnership chair Martha Kongsgaard, said in a news release it plans to “level the field” with other candidates who don’t have to abide by the fundraising freeze. (Interestingly, Kongsgaard’s husband, environmental attorney Peter Goldman, has endorsed former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck in the mayor’s race.)

Dean Nielsen, a Seattle political consultant who is organizing the effort, said the group plans to raise money for independent expenditures on Murray’s behalf. That could mean mailers or TV ads, depending on how much cash comes in.

“Obviously Ed can’t raise money during special session and we don’t know how long it’s going to go. A group of us were getting together and thought this was the right direction to take,” Nielsen said.

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Charles Royer, ed murray, independent expenditures

October 15, 2012 at 7:20 PM

National groups dump another $2 million into McKenna-Inslee race

National groups helping fund independent campaigns supporting the candidates for Washington governor put another $2 million-plus into the race last week, according to campaign finance reports. The Republican Governor’s Association, which is supporting Rob McKenna, donated an additional $1.25 million, bringing the group’s total contribution to more than $8.5 million. The Democratic Governor’s Association, which is supporting…

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Comments | More in Governor, homepage | Topics: DGA, fundraising, independent expenditures