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Herrera Beutler still fundraising leader

Democrat Long cites breadth of her local support

By , Columbian politics reporter
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U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, continues to lead in fundraising in the 3rd Congressional District race, but Democrat Carolyn Long raised substantial funds too — just $128,639 separated the two candidates during the latest reporting period.

With 21 days before the August primary election, candidates submitted their quarterly campaign filings to the Federal Elections Committee on Sunday and reported raising an additional $808,085 between April 1 and June 30.

Herrera Beutler led with $454,441 in new contributions and $1,002,522 cash on hand. Long amassed $325,802 this quarter and has $311,568 cash on hand.

The two candidates attracted 96 percent of the most recent donations in the seven-way race.

Herrera Beutler’s spokeswoman, Angeline Riesterer, said that Long remains far behind in fundraising.

“Since she’s been handily out-raised in every reporting period, has less than one-third the cash in the bank that we do, and there’s now a greater cash-on-hand gap between her and Jaime than there was at the end of the last reporting period, I don’t think ‘closing the gap’ would be an accurate way of describing the situation,” Riesterer said.

Long’s campaign manager, Wyatt Arnall, said although they were out-raised by Herrera Beutler, their local support is greater.

Long raised more money from individual voters: $304,561 compared with Herrera Beutler’s $250,964.

“This quarter went incredibly well thanks to the efforts and long hours put in by my staff and our army of amazing volunteers,” Long said. “Our grass-roots campaign is relying on individuals contributing their time and hard-earned dollars, not money from corporate PACs and anti-choice groups like the incumbent. That is why we will win in November.”

Republicans

Herrera Beutler’s contributions were nearly equally split between individual donations and contributions from political action committees. PAC funding came to $198,446. Of the PAC funding, there were 101 different groups donating to her campaign. One donor of note includes the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which gave $1,000. This brings Herrera Beutler’s total from gun-rights groups to $3,000. Until this year, she had not received contributions from gun-rights organizations since 2015.

Other standout PAC donations include $1,000 from the Oregon Right to Life Victory PAC, $2,500 from both the McDonald’s PAC and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates PAC, as well as $2,000 from the Dr Pepper Snapple Group. There’s a proposed state initiative circulating to bar local municipalities from implementing soda taxes in light of Seattle’s new tax, which may explain the influx of related PAC money.

“We’re pleased with the progress of our campaign,” Riesterer said. “Jaime has been an effective representative fighting for the economic security of the people of Southwest Washington, and this district has been very supportive.”

This quarter also provided a first look at the finances of Earl Bowerman’s campaign. Bowerman is running to the right of Herrera Beutler, stating he believes it’s important to support the president whole-heartedly.

Bowerman has raised $3,694 so far, but thanks to $6,500 in personal loans to the campaign, he’s ending the quarter with $4,713 on hand despite a reported $5,480 in operating expenses.

Democrats

Among Democrats, David McDevitt still has the most cash on hand after he loaned another $300,000 to his campaign. McDevitt reported $681,143 in cash, only $4,575 of which came from outside contributions this quarter. He spent $29,928 on operating expenses, following past strategy of relatively low overhead and large personal contributions.

Dorothy Gasque continues to focus on grass-roots campaigning and small, individual contributions. Gasque raised $19,573 this quarter and ends with $23,530 cash on hand. Her expenditures were $12,773 this quarter.

“We are demonstrating the courage of our convictions that energizes volunteers and a message that resonates with voters is what is actually important, not fundraising,” Gasque said. “We are getting our message to voters without spending as much, a third as much as David McDevitt and one-twentieth as much as Carolyn Long, by being much more digitally savvy and relying on motivated, skilled volunteers, not paid consultants.”

Gasque added that rather than focus on telephone fundraising, her campaign will continue to focus on door knocking. Like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Democrat from the Bronx who beat out incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., Gasque is supported by the Justice Democrats and has also been heavily outspent by her competitors.

Democratic candidate Martin Hash and Republican Michael Cortney did not file with the FEC. Candidates are not required to do so unless they either spend or receive more than $5,000 in contributions.

Columbian politics reporter

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