City Burgess Raises A Lot, But Less Than Della
posted by September 26 at 13:09 PMon
According to a press release I received from Tim Burgess’s campaign this morning, Burgess’s fundraising “has surged past that of his opponent, David Della. Through last Friday, Tim had raised $204,588, compared to Della’s $199,728. […] Tim has raised more money than any candidate running for City Council this year, another indication of the strong, broad-based support he has generated across Seattle.”
The press release invited me to “click here to see the election commission’s reports.” So I did, and the numbers are less impressive than Burgess makes them sound. Of that $200,000-plus, $22,600 came from Burgess himself—making the true donation total closer to $182,000—still impressive for a first-time candidate, but less than incumbent Della has raised.
Burgess’s notable individual contributors include Sonics and Storm VP Terry McLaughlin; Capitol Hill developer Bob Burkheimer; downtown developer Greg Smith; and Argosy Cruises partner Mary Blackmun. Notable employers of Burgess contributors include the PR firm he co-founded, Merkle/Domain ($4,050); Seattle Pacific University ($2,000); the City of Seattle ($1,750); and REI ($1,050). Della’s notable contributors include developer and monorail opponent Martin Selig; state Rep. Eric Pettigrew; the PAC for the Nucor Steel Corporation; and gravel-mine company Glacier Northwest. Notable employers of Della contributors include the Port of Seattle ($1,750); Vulcan ($950); Money Tree ($800); and Suzie Burke-owned Fremont Dock Co. ($800).