All four sitting Seattle City Council members (Sally Clark, David Della, Jean Godden and Tom Rasmussen) have each raked in more than $100,000, according to disclosure reports filed last week that tally fundraising through the end of April.
Call council member Tom Rasmussen Mr. Moneybags. With six months still to go before Election Day, he's raised $148,792 and has $108,799 in the bank.
Jean Godden is next with $142,960 raised, but she's only got $89,257 cash on hand and has more than $22,000 in liabilities giving her an actual balance of just under $67,000. David Della, who's raised nearly $123,000, has also spent a goodly amount and has just $74,076 in the bank.
Sally Clark has raised the least of the incumbents with $100,074. (But she's got about $85,000 cash on hand.) And Della's challenger Tim Burgess has raised a respectable $81,810, and has only spent about $30,000 of it. So far Della's the only incumbent being challenged. (Candidates have until June 8th to file.)
Those vying for the open seat being vacated by Peter Steinbrueck are all over the map: Bruce Harrell's raised $72,324 and spent a little over $20,000; Venus Velazquez has brought in $55,733, but she's spent about half of it; Jim Nobles' raised $400 and spent nothing; and John Manning hasn't raised a dime, but he's in the hole for over $2,000. (These numbers are from March. Manning's the only candidate who has yet to file an April report.)
Because the races are city-wide, most sitting council members begin stockpiling their war chests the moment they get elected-- and most expect to bring in around $300,000 this year, a startling figure, especially if you're a hopeful pounding the pavement.
Probably no coincidence either that some of the top money grabbers are enlisting fundraising help from Colby Underwood, the guy with a reputation for the golden touch, who's working for Tom Rasmussen, Jean Godden, Tim Burgess and Venus Velazquez.
Stay tuned. The May reports are due in by June 10th (and typically posted online the next day.)