Don't be closing that wallet just yet. It's less than a year before the next election and, for Seattle City Council members Jean Godden and Tom Rasmussen, you can't start too soon. Both already boast weighty campaign chests - $84,000 for Rasmussen, $80,000 for Godden - most of it raised in the past 11 months, city disclosure figures show. That's the payoff for employing the arm-twisting prowess of fundraiser Colby Underwood, the guy who helped Mayor Greg Nickels raise more than $1.1 million for his two election victories.
Conversely, council members David Della and Peter Steinbrueck, also up for reelection in 2007, are doing their own fundraising so far. Well, Della is anyway. He's got a respectable $43,000 in the bank. Steinbrueck has $21,000 - but $20,000 is carryover from his 2003 campaign. Thus, while his fellow council members were tapping donors for a collective $200,000 for 2007, Steinbrueck has raised all of $1,000. But you never want to peak too soon.