Slog Music

Music, Nightlife,
and Drunks

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pro-Ruderman/Anti-DelBene Super PAC Continues to Dump Money into WA-01 Race

Posted by on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 8:22 AM


When a flyer started showing up in 1st Congressional District mailboxes last week, attacking Suzan DelBene's business career, it seemed more a curiosity than anything else. The mailing was traced back to a Super PAC run by a Laura Ruderman supporter, but the initial $21,328.38 expenditure didn't seem likely to make a dent in a race where Darcy Burner led all Democrats in the polls, but DelBene would far outspend her opponents thanks the hundreds of thousands of dollars she'd already dumped into the race.

But after the third straight business day reporting expenditures, the $63,985.14 total is starting to amount to serious money, and raising questions about how much Super PAC cash Ruderman has behind her.

Up until last week this looked like a two-person race on the Democratic side, with Burner hoping her greater name ID and strong support within the Democratic base could fend off DelBene's huge money advantage and the unchallenged TV ad campaign it afforded her. It was hard to see a path for Ruderman in the primary. But if some so far undisclosed benefactor is willing to spend big on Ruderman's behalf, that could change the calculus.

Campaign finances being equal, I'm pretty confident Burner would make it through the primary to November. But I'm beginning to wonder if this race will turn out to be less a battle between candidates and more a battle between personal fortunes?


Comments (8) RSS

Oldest First Unregistered On Registered On Add a comment
The Ruderman $$ may split the "anti-Burner" vote.
Posted by howie in seattle on July 11, 2012 at 8:32 AM · Report this
Goldy 2
@1 It depends on how they're spent. If all this PAC does is attack DelBene, well, as a Burner supporter I guess I shouldn't complain. But if they start attacking Burner, that could change the dynamics of this race.
Posted by Goldy on July 11, 2012 at 8:38 AM · Report this
tedb310 3
Has there been recent polling on this? The last I saw had DelBene doing so poorly it would make me wonder why anyone on Ruderman's side spend money to target her.
Posted by tedb310 on July 11, 2012 at 8:41 AM · Report this
Goldy 4
@3 There's been no recent public polling on this, but no doubt DelBene's uncontested air war has substantially upped her standing in the polls.
Posted by Goldy on July 11, 2012 at 9:10 AM · Report this
Darcy is the primary beneficiary of Laura's Super-PAC.
Posted by sarge on July 11, 2012 at 9:19 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 6
Running against Darcey Burner is like having Chuckie on your back with a kitchen knife in his mouth.…

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on July 11, 2012 at 9:52 AM · Report this
How did they get Anderson Cooper to pose for this mailing?
Posted by TJ on July 11, 2012 at 10:49 AM · Report this
CodyBolt 8
All I can think of when I see this picture is OMG why is Anderson Cooper crying "WHO HURT MY SILVER FOX!"
Posted by CodyBolt on July 11, 2012 at 10:51 AM · Report this

Add a comment


Want great deals and a chance to win tickets to the best shows in Seattle? Join The Stranger Presents email list!

All contents © Index Newspapers, LLC
1535 11th Ave (Third Floor), Seattle, WA 98122
Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Takedown Policy