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Bill Driscoll raises more than $300K on top of personal $500K loan

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on July 16, 2012 at 7:00 am |
July 16, 2012 12:08 pm

With some help from his personal checkbook, Bill Driscoll is keeping up with Derek Kilmer.

Both men have just a bit more than $710,000 in the bank in their campaigns for the open 6th Congressional District seat representing Tacoma and the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas.

Driscoll, a Tacoma Republican, filed his first campaign-disclosure reports of the campaign hours after Kilmer’s disclosures came in. They reveal the real-estate executive and Weyerhaeuser descendant Driscoll loaned his campaign $500,000, which he had previously announced, and that he contributed another $20,000.

Most of that was expected. The news is that Driscoll has raised another $312,000 in the second quarter of the year — almost all of it in contributions from individuals rather than political committees.

Contributions came from all over the country, with Minnesota and California especially well represented. His family contributed heavily — the list includes many with the Weyerhaeuser and Driscoll names, including William and Gail Weyerhaeuser.

Others among his biggest donors include Boeing vice president Nicole Piasecki, Dartmouth University professor Teresa Piasecki, Dragonfly Pictures executive Gregory Piasecki, SRAM executives Stanley Day Jr. and Frederick Day, doctor Rob Keeley, Green Diamond Resource Co. chairman Collin Moseley and Martha Moseley.

“We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from all over the district.  We weren’t sure what to expect when we launched this campaign, but the response to my message has been overwhelming.  I believe people in this district want leaders, not politicians.  I’m ready to provide the leadership we need to balance our budget and get people back to work.”

UPDATE 12:10 p.m.: Driscoll issued this statement:

We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from all over the district.  We weren’t sure what to expect when we launched this campaign, but the response to my message has been overwhelming.  I believe people in this district want leaders, not politicians.  I’m ready to provide the leadership we need to balance our budget and get people back to work.

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