Democrat Denny Heck’s well-funded campaign for Washington’s new 10th Congressional District has padded its massive wealth edge over Republican Dick Muri. In reports filed today with the Federal Election Commission, Heck says he collected about $494,000 in the third quarter to bring his total raised to $1.835 million.
Heck, who reported spending almost $1.1 million in the quarter and $1.5 million in the overall campaign, already has been running a humorous television ad on Seattle and Tacoma-area stations that shows him shouting at the congressional tug-of-war combatants and saying, “Hey!!! Enough!”
By contrast, Muri reported a gain of $54,529 in the quarter to give him $222,907 for the entire campaign. The Republican, who serves on the Pierce County Council and is retired from the Air Force, has been scraping to put out what he expects will be a single mailer to undecided voters in the district, which has a lot of military veterans.
The 10th district, created this year to accommodate the state’s population gains in the last Census, is centered between Olympia and Lakewood and includes almost all of Thurston County, Shelton in Mason County and Pierce County communities University Place and Puyallup.
Heck’s latest report showed about $452,830 since his last report on July 18, which brought receipts to nearly $500,000 for hte three-month period ending Sept. 30. To get there, Heck’s campaign had numerous individual donations at the $5,000 limit, but his spokesman Phil Gardner said, “The most important number in this report is 3,456. That’s the total number of donors who believe in Denny enough to contribute financially. More than 1000 of those donors [contributed] $25 or less. In all, there have been nearly 6,000 contributions to Denny’s campaign.”
Muri said in an email last week that “fund raising is satisfactory from my view point. But compared to Denny Heck, we will be vastly out spent.”
“We try and counter his enormous fund raising advantage by keeping paid staff to a minimum and we rely on lots of volunteers,” Muri said. “Extensive use of free social media, sign waving and door belling are also ways to make up the fund raising disadvantage. We will concentrate on mailers to those voters we have identified as ‘undecided.’ ”
National groups appear to be staying out of the race in the Democrat-leaning district, and in a possible indication of Heck’s confidence his reports show he transferred $25,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that is helping candidates across the country.
Heck’s biggest expenditures appear to be $828,500 to Media Strategies and Research in Fairfax, Va., for television ads; $94,631 to Mission Control Inc. for literature and postage; and $24,500 to Global Strategies Group in New York City for opinion research.
His new contributions came from a wide swath of society – including $5,000 each from the Boeing Company PAC, National Realtors PAC and National Beer Wholesalers; $3,500 from spiritualist JZ Knight in Yelm; $2,500 from the Human Rights Campaign; several donations from Indian tribes and labor unions; $250 from Colin Moseley, chairman of Green Diamond Resource; plus trial lawyers, lobbyists and consultants in Olympia and Washington, D.C., and numerous people who are retired from or actively working in state agencies.
Some of Muri’s larger recent donations included $2,500 from Olympia dentist Albert Goering; $2,500 from Duane Hardesty, a Northrup Grumman military trainer from Steilacoom, and $1,500 from Janet Hardesty; $2,500 from Western Steel president George A. Swift of Milton and $2,000 from the Washington Farm Bureau.