So Gael Tarleton -- who's running for the Port Commission post now held by Bob Edwards -- has collected a healthy amount of cash from her former colleagues at Science Applications International Corporation, a monster firm that specializes in port security technology and has had more than $7 million in contracts with the port of Seattle in the past.
I reported in the story that hit the streets today that Tarleton had collected about $12,000 from her current and former SAIC cronies. The actual number, as it turns out, is more like $16,300. A reexamination of Tarleton's donor list (and the folks not listed as current or former SAIC) shows a handful more contributors who have ties to the company.
Most notable is $3,000 from Matthew Tobriner, who according to historical documents on SAIC's Web site, was one of the early developers of the business. Also note that Tobriner has given $200 more than is allowed under the law for this race. A Public Disclosure Commission spokeswoman told me that it doesn't appear that Tarleton's campaign has attempted to refund the difference either.
Also interesting, but something I left out of this week's piece (and the $16,300 total) is that Tobriner's wife Joanne's given Tarleton $2,000, and someone who appears to be SAIC founder Robert Beyster's daughter has donated $500. Add those in and you're nearing $19,000-- or about 25 percent of the nearly $79,000 Tarleton's collected so far.