A fascinating report came out showing the strengths and weaknesses in terms of fund raising, the "mother's milk of politics," of those candidates running for the now abandoned seat of the WA03 for Congress.
That report was the most recent fund raiser results, which included the last Q of 2009. The numbers are from opensecrets.org.
It's no surprise that Denny Heck has taken the early and substantial lead in these numbers: he dropped a cool $100G of his own cash into the pot to get things rolling.
Like most in the party of class warfare, little is made of their personal wealth. There is little doubt that Heck will put together the biggest bankroll for this race, mostly because he not only can do that; but hell, the man is even capable of getting a state governor to violate the letter, if not the spirit and intent of the law prohibiting her from raising money or using government facilities to campaign for someone else during session.
It's got to be cool to have a governor in your pocket.
So, Heck has put together an impressive $215G...but an amount not quite so impressive when you realize that almost half of it came from one source: the candidate. Heck's fund raising base is an eclectic group, if by eclectic you mean lawyers, consultants and those high up in Washington State Government. They provided, by far, most of his donated cash.
Of particular note in Heck's fundraising realm is Strategies 360, a nice little band that has, through Ron Dotzauer (Of "Boinking Ms. Cantwell" fame) successfully enabled David Barnett to buy an election using money illegally laundered through Progressive Majority for Steve "I'll take it in unmarked bills" Stuart, our most senior county commissioner. Dotzhauer and those connected to him have dropped a paltry $14,000 or so of the $115G Heck has actually raised, all by themselves.
Nothing quite like that one stop shopping!
Next up is David Castillo, leading Republican candidate who was one of 3 slogging along in the trenches before the Queen of Opportunism jumped into the race... and his hard work shows with almost twice as much as his nearest competitor on the "R" side.... at $104G
The Republican Empty Suit, Jaime Herrera has struggled to raise money, when one considers she's the rough equivalent of a wind up toy: Stuff a key in her back, aim her in whatever direction you want, turn the key and the rest takes care of itself.
Normally, a $55G quarter would be rather impressive... until you see that the money in question comes primarily from a whole EIGHT donors.
Not so much.
Here's a hint, Jaime. When they hand you a list of pre-greased donors? Especially those who've never heard of you?
Make sure you dial "1" BEFORE the area code.... OK?
Jon Russell continues to fade. Herrera's opportunism cost Russell any chance he may have delusionaly felt he had... and now she's gonna suck all the money out of his room like a turbo-charged Hoover.
Jon's showing $28G, total, proving than his fundraising skills are on par with his political skills.... thus capping off an around $10G quarter.
Deb Wallace, according to the Columbian, has reported $23,000, but I can't find that on the FEC site.
The biggest surprise was the abysmal report submitted by democrat State Sen. Craig "we balanced this budget on the backs of the poor and the powerless, so I'm voting for it" Pridemore.
Because Pridemore has gerrymandered tax districts; rabidly supports the massive waste of billions of dollars known as the bridge and loot rail, and his special-favor for his buddy Steve "cold hard Barnett cash" Stuart, so he could keep $50,000 or so in campaign contributions for a bill Pridemore was running back in what.... 05; he has no chance, anyway. In fact, he and Deb Wallace are "dead men walking" because of their idiotic bridge shenanigans... their political corpses just haven't got the memo.
Pridemore's less than stellar $8,569 SHOULD be sending him a message.
David Hedrick checks in, almost matching the fund raising prowess of Pridemore with $7,216. That's not a bad number for a political neophyte in this kind of climate.
Local illegal alien cheerleader Maria Rodriguez-Salazar won't raise cab fare and is wasting every ones time acting like a candidate... a candidate who has, apparently, yet to even file FEC paperwork.
Is it early? Of course it is. And, unless you're a highly placed democrat, unaffected by the Obama recession, it will be increasingly difficult to find donors with disposable cash to play... thus adding politics to the list of the "Sports of Kings."
Heck will be difficult to beat on the leftist side. He's got the cash and the support of the democrat infrastructure, plus he's unsullied (for now) by the Pridemore/Wallace bridge idiocy.
Castillo is unquestionably the most qualified n the GOP side, followed by my pet Cavalier Spaniel Oliver, Russell, Herrera, and lastly, Hedrick.
Do overall qualifications matter?
They should. Look what happened when we elected an empty suit for president. So, why would we compound that error again?
Meanwhile, these numbers DO count. Even those where all you have to do to get the cash is pick up a check.
Cross posted on Clark County Politics.