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3rd Quarter fundraising update for Reichert, DelBene in campaign’s final weeks

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Oct. 15, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
October 18, 2010 11:04 am

Democrat Suzan DelBene out-raised Republican incumbent Congressman Dave Reichert during the last campaign finance fundraising period — but she had to dig into her own pockets again to do so, according to figures provided to me today by both campaigns.

But Reichert holds a significant advantage — more than $1 million — in unspent cash heading in the final weeks of the campaign.

DelBene raised $610,427 for the third quarter — “the best quarter yet for the campaign,” DelBene spokesman Scott Whiteaker said today.

In all, DelBene has raised $2.3 million, putting her slightly ahead of Reichert in total dollars raised.

But DelBene’s third quarter tallies include a $250,000 contribution that she donated to her own campaign. In all, during the entire campaign cycle, the former Microsoft executive has chipped in nearly $950,000 of her own money.

Reichert, who had a slight edge in total dollars raised after the 2nd quarter reporting period ended in July — but hadn’t dropped a dime of his own money into the race — in all has raised about $2.26 million, campaign spokesman Darren Littell said today.

For the third quarter, during which Reichert hosted several high-profile Republican fundraisers that brought GOP stars including Rudy Guiliani and Pete Sessions to town, Reichert brought in $447,000, Littell said.

That means, had DelBene not given her own campaign a $250k contribution, Reichert would have outpaced her in fundraising for the quarter by about $87,000.

What could be telling in the final weeks before Election Day is the amount of “cash on hand” each campaign has heading to the finish line. Reichert reports having $1.3 million of unspent cash on hand, giving him a lot to work with for a final onslaught of ads. Meanwhile, DelBene reported a total of $268,525 cash on hand from the third quarter reporting period.

(Official finance reports for the 3rd quarter reporting period, which ended Sept. 30, have not yet been posted or tallied on the Federal Elections Commission’s website, which still reflects fundraising totals from the 2nd quarter).


Of those who gave DelBene money during the third quarter, 67 percent of them were first-time donors to the campaign — indicating DelBene’s campaign messages are resonating, Whiteaker contends.

Collectively, the race’s fundraising totals so far still have a long way to go to catch those raised during the 8th District’s 2008 campaign. In her second go-around against Reichert, Democratic challenger Darcy Burner raised $4.3 million the, compared to Reichert’s $2.8 million.

Based on the 2010 campaign’s second-quarter reports through July, Reichert had held a slight money edge — $1.8 million to DelBene’s $1.7 million. He also had about $1 million cash on hand then, compared to DelBene’s roughly $916,000.

After the second quarter, individual donations made up about 60 percent of Reichert’s campaign totals, with PAC contributions making up about about 37 percent, records show.

DelBene’s financial breakdown through the second quarter showed individual contributions accounting for 54 percent of her contribution totals, with self-financing covering 40 percent and PAC contributions making up just 6 percent.

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