CAMPAIGN CASH: While the only numbers that really matter are the vote totals, it’s interesting to occasionally check in on campaign cash. This information is available through the state Public Disclosure Commission, and includes who gave to who, and what campaign funding was spent on, among other things. Checking the D-1 race, Herbold is ahead in cash contributions, $174,000+ to $133,000+ for Tavel. But he is way ahead in what’s called “independent expenditure” spending – third parties spending on your behalf but out of your control. IE spending for Tavel is $169,000+ so far, most of that from the business group Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy. IE spending for Herbold is $14,000+, most from the Civic Alliance for a Progressive Economy. Half of the quarter-million dollars raised by CAPE (here’s that list) is from entrepreneur Nick Hanauer; more than a third of the $1.1 million raised by CASE (here’s that list) is from Amazon. (Both of those groups are spending in support of candidates in other races too.)
WHAT ELSE YOU’LL SEE ON YOUR BALLOT: We mentioned the two big state ballot measures in this report last week. You’ll also see 12 state advisory measures and a state constitutional amendment. No Seattle ballot measures, but there’s one for King County – Proposition 1 renews the Medic One emergency-services levy for six more years. You’ll also be voting for King County, Port of Seattle, and Seattle Public Schools races – we’ll take a closer look at those tomorrow.
VOTING DEADLINE: Election Night is Tuesday, November 5th; dropboxes will be open until 8 pm. If you’re voting by mail, make sure your ballot will be postmarked with that date (or sooner).