Election contributions to legislative races


Incumbent Democratic legislators in the 19th and 24th Districts have overwhelmed their opponents with massive amounts of cash and advertisements, according to filings the candidates made with the state Public Disclosure Commission. In some cases, the money legislators have left over after their expenses is more than their opponents could manage to raise.

Candidates are allowed to accept up to $1,800 each from political action committees and individuals. Political parties can donate more.

Some notable observations: the medical industry — from dentists to hospital associations — donated to every incumbent in both legislative districts and often donated the maximum allowed. Other groups that donated include potential interests that have seen or may see talk about tax increases in the future — such as auto dealers and beverage makers, as well as professional services.

In the 19th Legislative District, potential coal exporter Millennium Bulk Terminal, which is trying to develop an export facility at Longview, donated the maximum each to the three incumbents.

Political Action Committees dominated the donations given to all of the incumbents.

Here’s a sampling of the donations.

19th District

State Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, raised $177,976 and spent $141,133.

Spending the maximum $1,800: Avista Corp. of Spokane, Bank of America, Centurylink, Millennium Bulk Terminal, Northwest Credit Union, Northwest Grocery Association, Puget Sound Energy, Rayonier, Unified Grocers, state Beverage Association, Health Care Association, Hospital PAC, the state Auto Dealers Association, Council of Firefighters, state Dental Service, Weyerhaeuser. Spending $1,700: AT&T, Public School Employees, state Chiropractic Trust. Spending $1,600: Agri Beef Management of Boise, Idaho; DocPAC of Washington, Holland America, Pfizer of New York, Premera Blue Cross. Spending $1,575: Abbott Laboratories Employee PAC of Illinois. $1,550 Far West Agribusiness Association. Spending $1,500 Comcast. Spending $1,450: Washington Forest Protection Association. Spending $1,400: Justice for All PAC, Potato PAC. Spending $1,200: Microsoft. Spending $1,100 Astrazeneca of Delaware, Vulcan of Seattle. Spending $1,000: Longview Fibre, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Verizon. Spending $900: Big I PAC of Bellevue, Biopac, Community Bankers of Washington PAC, Council of Police, Entertainment Software Association, Farmers Insurance, Monsanto, Natural Gas PAC, NRA, Carpenters Union, Pacific International Terminals, Pemco, Port Blakely Tree Farms, Waste Management. Spending $800: BECU, Builders, Green Diamond, Longview Timber Corp. Spending $750: Caremark RX INC of Rhode Island, Ekone Oyster Co. of South Bend. Spending $700 state Dairy PAC. Spending $600: Bristol- Meyers Squibb Company. Spending $500: BP North America of Houston, Coast Seafoods of South Bend, Harbor Pacific Bottling of Elma, Johnson & Johnson of New Jersey, Laborers Union Local No. 252, Crab fisherman Ray Toste of Westport. Spending $250: Dennis Company, Nisbet Oyster of Bay Center, Sierra Pacific, the late Sid Snyder.

Challenger Rick Winsman, R-Longview, raised $28,625 and spent $29,962

Spending the maximum $1,800 Building Industry Association of Washington. Other donations: $1,000 state Republican Party, $500 C&C Logging of Kelso, $300 Cowlitz County Republican Women’s Club, $275 Richard McCaine of Kelso, $270 Gordon Sondker of Longview, $200 retired firefighters of Washington, $195 Larry Wendfeldt of Longview, $100 Ray Brown of Westport.

State Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, raised $157,548 and spent $101,720

Blake used $41,000 left over from previous campaigns and received $10,000 from the state House Democratic Campaign Committee. Spending the maximum $1,800: Avista Corps of Spokane, Farmers Insurance, IBEW LOCAL # 77 PAC, Millennium Bulk Terminal, Progressive Insurance, state Beverage Association, Health Care Association, Auto Dealers Association, Weyerhaeuser. Spending $1,300: Washington Forest Protection Association. Spending $1,150: Potato PAC. Spending $1,000: Monsanto, MEDNAX INC FEDERAL PAC of Florida. Spending $900 Gun Owners Action League, Pacific International Terminals, Boeing, Council of Firefighters, Wheat Industry Council. Spending $800 Comcast, Delta Dental, Agri-Beef Management of Boise, Green Diamond, Johnson & Johnson, Longview Timber, Premera Blue Cross. Spending $750: BNSF Railway Company, BSCU. Spending $750: Five Star Dealership of Aberdeen. Spending $600: Holand America. Spending $500: Longview Fibre, Port Blakely Tree Farms, Gary Randall, Sierra Pacific, Simplot of Idaho, Taylor Shellfish Farms of Shelton, Council of Firefighters. Spending $350: Ekone Oyster Co of South Bend. Spending $300: Laborers Union. Spending $250: Coast Seafoods of South Bend, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. Spending $100: Dennis Company of Raymond.

Challenger Tim Sutinen, R-Kelso, raised $24,266 and spent $24,153.97

Top donors, spending $1,075: Kelli Millard of Longview, David Millard of Longview. Spending $900: TBH & Associates, LLC, Todd Phillips of Castle Rock, Engineered Piping System Inc., Ron Carr of Castle Rock. Spending $650: Betty Bond and Longview. Spending $600: Patricia Roberts of Westport, Spending $500: Laurie Lyford of Bellevue. Spending $400: Seismic Support Services, Scott Whittington, contractor from Woodland; Performance Sheet Metal of Longview, Davis Investment Company LLC, Columbia River Properties, Paula Arsenault of Washougal. Spending $300: Bill Stearns. Spending $250: Diversified Mechanical Services, Diamond Concrete Cutting

State Rep. Dean Takko, D-Longview, raised $122,866 and spent $85,374

Spending the maximum $1,800: state Dental PAC, Washington Hospitals, state Auto Dealers, Avista Corp., NW Credit Union, Farmers Insurance, Millennium Bulk Terminal, Rayonier, Weyerhaeuser. Spending $1,700: AT&T, state Health Care Association. Spending $1,150: Potato PAC. Spending $1,100: Comcast. Spending $900: Gun Owners Action League, Pacific International Terminals of Seattle, Puget Sound Energy, Boeing, Refuse & Recycling Association, Council of Firefighters, Washington Association of Realtors. Spending $800: Builders, Green Diamond Resources, Longview Timber Corp., Philip Morris USA. Spending $750: Johnson & Johnson, Seastar Acquisitions LLC, affiliated with car dealer Rich Hartman. Spending $600: Bristol Myers Squibb, Holland America. Spending $500: American Traffic Solutions (a red light camera company), Entertainment Software Association, Longview Fibre. Spending $400: Microsoft, Pemco, Port Blakely Tree Farm. Spending $250: Coast Seafoods of South Bend. Spending $100: Dennis Company of Raymond.

Challenger Dixie Kolditz, R-Cathlamet, raised $26,562 and spent $25,285.

Spending the maximum $1,800: Brighton Enterprises out of Cathlamet. Other donations: $1,014 Lily Kolditz, $900 Premera Blue Cross, $400 National Association of Chain Drug Stores, $900 Heidi Shaw, a homemaker from Carrolls, Wash., $1,800 Master Builders lobbying arm, $1,000 state GOP, $500 Wahkiakum County Republican Party, $300 Cowlitz County Republican Women, $250 Linda Webb of Hoquiam.

24th District

State Sen.. Jim Hargrove raised $100,232 and spent $70,006.

Spending the maximum $1,800: BNSF Railway, Centurylink, DOC PAC, Craig Phillips of American Behavioral Health Systems, Puget Sound Pilots, Rayonier, SEIU 1199 NW, Two Jinn Inc., Hospital PAC, Council of Firefighters. Spending $1,740: state Forest Protection Association. Spending $1,700: Weyerhaeuser, Puyallup Tribe. Spending $1,400: JUSTICE FOR ALL PAC. Spending $1,100: Comcast. Spending $955: Olympic Resource Management of Poulsbo. Spending $950: Bob Meier of Rayonier. Spending $925 HARBOR CHRYSLER JEEP DODGE. Spending $900: Hampton Lumber Sales, LIBERTY MUTUAL GROUP, the NRA, PACIFIC NW REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS, Potato PAC, Strategies 360, Beer & Wine Wholesalers, WEA PAC, Holland America, Liberty Mutual Group, Port Blakely Tree Farm, Puget Sound Energy. Spending $800: Green Diamond. Spending $750: Sierra Pacific. Spending $575: Pastor Doug Catton of Aberdeen. Spending $500: Five Star Dealership. Spending $400: Microsoft. Spending $250: Craig Dublanko of Aberdeen. Spending $130: Former Aberdeen Superintendent Marty Kay.

Challenger Larry Carter, Ind.-Port Ludlow, raised $12,495 and spent $12,539.

Spending the maximum $1,800: Christopher Williams, an engineer at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard; Terri Williams, of the Bremerton School District. Spending $500: Brett Oemichen of Port Ludlow. Spending $400: Sharon Commander of Port Ludlow. Spending $300: Security Services Northwest, Gene Farr of Port Townsend. Spending $200: Jerry Hampton of Port Ludlow, Republican Women of Jeffferson County

State Rep. Steve Tharinger, D-Sequim, raised $54,825 and spent $44,840.

Spending the maximum of $1,800: Rayonier, Beverage Association, Campaign for Tribal Self-Reliance by Indian Gaming Association of Olympia, state Council of County and City Employees PAC, Council of Police Political Support, Optometric PAC, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. Spending $1,600: total from three different SEIU locals. Spending $1,350: Vigor Industrial of Portland. Spending $1,400: JUSTICE FOR ALL PAC. Spending $1,100: Auto Dealers. Spending $1,000: Health Care Assoc., Denturists, Seattle attorney Martha Kongsgaard, CalPortland of California. Spending $900: BIOPAC, Citizens for a Better Government of Puyallup, Compas of Seattle, Medical PAC, Hospital PAC, Forest Protection Association, Chiropractic Trust, Anglers for Conservation, Weyerhaeuser, Waste Management. Spending $800: Premera Blue Cross, Longview Timber Corp. Spending $500: BNSF Railway Co., Conservation Voters, Realtors, Procter & Gamble, Olympic Peninsula Building & Construction Trades Council, IBEW Local 77, Holland America. Spending $250: Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers

Challenger Steve Gale, R-Sequim, raised $5,301.82 and spent $3,617.

Gale loaned his campaign $2,226 and donated $500 to his own campaign. Other notable donations include $900 Gun Owners Action League, $250 Republican Women of Clallam County, $200 Claudia Cookson of Port Angeles, $100 Clallam County Commissioner Jim McIntire.

State Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim, raised $68,178 and spent $48,941.

Spending the maximum of $1,800: Campaign for Tribal Self-Reliance by Indian Gaming Association of Olympia, Firefighters PAC Local 1747 F-PAC, Rayonier, SEIU 1199NW, Beverage Association, Chiropractic Trust. Spending $1,600: Renton Firefighters Local 864, Safe Sound PAC. Spending $1,350: Vigor Industrial LLC, Weyerhauser. Spending $1,050: Delta Dental. Spending $1,000: Denturists. Spending $900: Hampton Lumber Sales, Gun Owners Action League, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, NW Sportfishing Industry WA PAC, Potato PAC, State Anglers for Conservation PAC, state Forest Protection Association, Hospital PAC, WEA PAC, state Trooper Association. Spending $800: Longview Timber., Seattle Firefighters. Spending $750: Irwin Dental Center. Spending $600: Holland America. Spending $500: IBEW LOCAL 77 PAC, BNSF Railway Co., Federation of State Employees, Realtors. Spending $300: Pemco, Port Blakely Tree Farms. Spending $250: Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers

Challenger Craig Durgan, No Party-Sequim, filed under a mini-reporting method and pledged to raise no more than $5,000. Donors not available.