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The Suzan DelBene Cash Infusion

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Oct. 22, 2010 at 10:30 am |
October 22, 2010 3:20 pm

No, it’s not a Jon Spencer tribute band. The Suzan DelBene Cash Infusion is a self-supported campaign finance strategy in the waning days of Election 2010.

It consists of three parts: One high-tech entrepreneur with deep pockets, one perennially vulnerable Republican incumbent and $1.35 million.

The latter part is the amount DelBene, the Democrat and politcal newcomer trying to unseat three-term Congressman Dave Reichert in Washington’s politically fickle 8th District, just injected into her campaign, according to the latest finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

DelBene, the former Microsoft executive who helped launch drugstore.com, already had poured in nearly $950,000 of her own money prior to the latest reporting period, as reported earlier this month, That means the Medina businesswoman now has $2.28 million of her own skin in the game ($350,000 of it is considered a loan).

DelBene’s cash injection helped her to out-fundraise Reichert’s special interest donations, which outnumber DelBene’s by a 4.5 to 1 ratio in raw dollars. The cash blast also has quickly infused the Democrat’s depleted coffers with nearly $200k to work with (compared to more than $600k for Reichert) just before the final ad-buy frenzy typically seen in a tight Congressional race in the days before Election Day.

In all, DelBene’s own dough now comprises nearly 61 percent of her total campaign contributions.

Here are the latest details from the FEC reports:

Contributions raised during reporting period (Oct. 1 – Oct. 13):
Reichert $117,595
DelBene $1,145,136

Total receipts to date:

Reichert $2,382,868
DelBene $3,761,068

Total expenditures:
Reichert: $1,782,757
DelBene: $3,566,017

Total cash on hand:

Reichert $606,777
DelBene $195,051

Breakdown of donations:

Reichert
Individual $1,379,026 (58 percent)
PAC $950,077 (40 percent)
Party $2,200
Candidate $0
Other $51,565 (2 percent)

DelBene
Individual $1,244,749 (33 percent)
PAC $212,291 (6 percent)
Party $2,131
Candidate $2,284,034 (61 percent)
Other $17,863

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