Looking at the primary results, you may think that Sen. Doug Ericksen could comfortably walk to election day. His fundraising record, however, shows that he is in for the fight of his political life. Ericksen has already raised over$230,000 for his reelection campaign, with over $155,275 of that coming from out-of-town special interests.
Here is a sampling of the money coming in. I did my best to break them down by industry, although some companies (i.e. Boeing) are so broad I simply filed them as “business interests.” I also removed any locals (i.e. Brooks Manufacturing) from consideration to illustrate the amount of special interest money coming in.
- $2,150 from the gun lobby
- $5,900 from organizations associated with the Gateway Pacific Terminal project
- $8,250 from the banking and financial industry
- $9,850 from telecommunication companies
- $10,850 from pharmaceutical companies
- $14,950 from the farm, food and beverage industry
- $18,650 from the energy companies
- $21,700 from the building and construction industry
- $23,850 from insurance companies
- $38,125 from general business interests
Or to look at it another way, here is an simple pie chart that you can share on facebook showing his corporate donations.
Where is he spending all this special interest money? He bought a couple of computers for his campaign, and placed ads in the Lynden Tribune, KGMI, Praise 106.5 and the Lynden Fair. He is paying Ben O’Brine to manage his campaign and Melodie Kirk to doorbell for him. He covered some conference costs (hotels, travel expenses, plane tickets) but beyond that, it is the usual costs of yard signs, printed materials and food and rentals for fundraisers.