As promised in my examination of Sen. Doug Ericksen’s fundraising yesterday, it is only fair that I take a look at Seth Fleetwood’s donations. As a whole, Fleetwood has raised $154,000 compared to Ericksen’s $230,000 but the differences run deeper than that.
Examining Fleetwood’s public disclosure records is more labor-intensive, mainly because he has far more small donors (over 1,000 donors so far, with over 800 at the $200 or less level) and the big donors happen to be people, rather than organizations. However, there are definitely some trends – here are all the details:
- $1,900 from the WA Trial Lawyers association
- $3,350 from local Tribes
- $5,000 from education groups (students and teachers)
- $7,600 from statewide progressive groups (i.e. FUSE, Washington Conservation Voters, etc)
- $17,675 raised from unions across the state (some local, some state-wide)
- $119,170 from individual donors
That’s a pretty lopsided chart. Removing the organizations and just looking at individual donations, 82.1% come from Whatcom County with the remaining 16.9% coming mainly from Seattle. Large donors include local other elected officials such as Rud Browne, Rep. Kris Lytton and of course, Sen. Kevin Ranker.
As much as I hate the cliche, this looks like a people-powered campaign funded by small donors eager to see Ericksen’s ethically-challenged political career come to an end.