As the Seattle Times (and others) have reported, initially Ruderman denied knowing anything about the Super PAC behind the scheduled ads, Progress for Washington. Then, last weekend, it came to light that her mother, Margaret Rothschild, was the sole contributor to Progress for Washington, having donated $115,000 to the cause set to go toward ads attacking DelBene's business record, an assault which included TV ads.
Ruderman sent a letter to the super PAC asking them to pull the ads. The letter says, "I love my mother very much, but I cannot condone the path this independent expenditure has taken."
But the ads were already on the schedule on channels like Bravo, CNN and the Food Network through next Monday.
Records show the super PAC spent over $50,000 for the airtime.
While she apparently did not respond to a KUOW request for comment, earlier this week the Associated Press cited a statement from Ruderman's mom.
From the AP story:
In a statement, Rothschild said she paid for the ads because she was "very frustrated" that DelBene, a millionaire former Microsoft vice president, could self-fund her campaign while Ruderman could not.
It's a sweet gesture, but it seems it may have done more harm than good.