A quick look at the campaign and PAC financial disclosures

Largely I’ve tried to stay above the fray of the City Council elections, but yesterday was an important milestone: three weeks out from Election Day, the fourteen City Council candidates and the registered PACs all were required to file a campaign finance summary (a “Form C-4” report). I scraped the numbers (well, three important ones), and here’s a glimpse of their fundraising and expenditure numbers — and perhaps more significantly, how much cash they are set to spend over the next 21 days.

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Gonzalez floats campaign finance reform legislation, asks Ethics Commission for opinion

On the heels of her announcement that she is running for state Attorney General, Council member Lorena Gonzalez auditioned for the role by announcing that is working on campaign-finance reform legislation “to protect the integrity of Seattle’s democracy.” She sent a draft version of the bill to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, which in turn held a discussion on the topic last week.

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Primary election early results

The initial ballot counts are in for the City Council primary election, and the results point to some surprisingly clear signs as to who will advance to the November general election. Here is the link to King County’s election results, which were posted at 8:15 tonight and will be updated at 4:00pm every day until the final results are certified on August 20. City-wide, 138,171 ballots had been returned as of 6:00pm this evening (two hours before the deadline), and 110,961 (80.3%) were tabulated in tonight’s results — leaving 27,210 received but uncounted and an unknown number between those dropped …

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Endorsements are coming in fast and furious for the Council election races

I’ve been trying to stay out of the election fray, but I will jump in momentarily to point out that with the primary election about six weeks away, organizations have begun announcing endorsements. Just in the past 36 hours, we’ve heard announcements from the 43rd District Democrats, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and the Martin Luther King County Labor Council. There are some surprises.

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