Last week, I told you about how Council President Tim Burgess has already raised more than $100,000 for his reelection campaign.
In just a week, Burgess's newest challenger—Long Winters frontman John Roderick—has made an impressive showing against all that cash, raising $40,250 of his own, according to Roderick's campaign. About $18,300 of that poured in on the first day of the campaign.
Roderick knows he has to raise cash to be taken seriously:
I hate that money dominates politics, but it does. I need to show I’m a contender. Please pledge some cash at http://t.co/tlBKb49ew5
— john roderick (@johnroderick) April 9, 2015
Fundraising is how you indicate to the political class that you are a legitimate candidate. That’s their language. http://t.co/BwbeyERTAz
— Roderick for Seattle (@VoteRoderick) April 9, 2015
More interesting than just the totals, though, is that Burgess and Roderick have almost the same number of donors—about 390 and 360, respectively—but Burgess has raised almost three times as much (about $115,000* so far), showing that he's moving in a world of donors who can write bigger checks. Two-thirds of Roderick's donations so far have been gifts of $50 or less, according to the campaign.
Jon Grant, former director of the Tenants Union and Burgess's other serious challenger in this race, has raised about $21,700 in cash, most of that coming during the first month after he announced.
Meanwhile, the PDC has updated everyone else's totals, which confirms that Burgess is still in the lead and that, district elections be damned, incumbents still have the upper hand in fundraising.
Here's how the rest of the races look:
Kshama Sawant: $51,300
Rod Hearne: $30,300
Pamela Banks: $17,800
(Sawant has spent most of her money already on multiple campaign consultants, printing her monthly newsletter, and office space rented from her party, Socialist Alternative.)
And in the other citywide seat (Position 9), civil rights attorney and former legal counsel to the mayor Lorena González has raised $43,800—more than any other non-incumbent so far—and Bill Bradburd has $37,600.
*This number and all the others in this post include both cash and in-kind contributions, which means they may include some non-cash gifts and money from the candidates themselves, like the $1,500 Burgess spent for campaign-related catering. Yum.