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6th Congressional candidate Derek Kilmer raises $458,000 in 2nd quarter

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on July 15, 2012 at 3:49 pm with No Comments »
July 15, 2012 3:58 pm

The Democratic state senator from Gig Harbor has raised a total of $816,000 through the end of June while waiting for the Republican field to sort itself out in the Aug. 7 primary.

Derek Kilmer

Altogether, seven candidates are vying to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks in the district that includes Tacoma and the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas. Kilmer is well-positioned after accumulating $714,000 in cash.

In Kilmer’s first full quarter of campaigning, he brought in money both from political action committees and from individuals, who accounted for more than three-fifths of his haul.

His biggest donors include an array of labor, business, tribal and Democratic interests, a list topped by the International Union of Operating Engineers, the New Democrat Coalition and Patrick Callahan, CEO of real estate firm Urban Renaissance Group. It also includes beer wholesalers, Realtors, and firefighter, machinist, teacher and state-employee unions.

Kilmer, a Pierce County economic-development executive, didn’t contribute any of his own money.

Here’s his campaign’s news release:

Kilmer Raises Over $450,000 During 2nd Quarter

FEC Report to Show over $700,000 Cash on Hand

TACOMA – State Senator Derek Kilmer’s campaign for Congress raised over $450,000 during the second quarter of 2012 and has more than $700,000 cash on hand, the Kilmer campaign reported on Sunday.

Kilmer’s support is broad, with nearly 1,500 individual donors who gave between April 1 and June 30. More than 1,000 of those individuals are from the six counties (Grays Harbor, Mason, Pierce, Kitsap, Jefferson, and Clallam) that make up the 6th Congressional district. Citing the value of community support, Kilmer has donated no money to his own campaign and has no plans to do so in the future.

“Derek’s strong fundraising quarter reflects the groundswell of local support for his campaign from all corners of the district,” said Kilmer campaign manager Chris Gregorich. “We areextremely grateful to all our supporters who have made our campaign the largest, most diverse and enthusiastic campaign in the 6th Congressional District. With this support from grassroots and small donors, our campaign is ready to win in November.”

The 2012 second quarter campaign finance report covers the period between April 1 and June 30.

A summary of the Federal Elections Commission report is attached with this release. Visit www.fec.gov to view the full report.


  • ·        $458,803.28 raised in 2nd quarter
  • ·        $714,674.54 cash on hand at the end of the 2nd quarter
  • ·        1,940 individuals have contributed to the campaign
  • ·        1,491 individual donor during the 2nd quarter
  • ·        73% of the contributions during the 2nd quarter were for $100 of less.
  • ·         $0 contributed by Derek Kilmer to the campaign



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