As Election Day looms, candidates in the running to represent Clark County’s legislative districts in Olympia are nearing the finish line in a robust cycle for campaign fundraising.
In all, the eight Democrats running for office in the 17th, 18th and 49th Legislative Districts raised $1.26 million over this election cycle, according to data reported to the state’s Public Disclosure Commission. The 10 Republicans running in those districts raised $1.13 million.
While both Republicans and Democrats draw funds from a combination of different kinds of sources, the makeup of the donor list differs depending on the party. Contributors to Democrats were more likely to be individuals, while businesses were more likely to back Republicans.
According to the PDC data, Democrats received their largest portion of donations, or 33.59 percent, from individuals. Their other major donor categories were Political Action Committees (19.37 percent), businesses (18.08 percent) and caucuses (10.09 percent).
Republicans received their most sizable chunk of donations, 37.23 percent, from businesses. PACs contributed another 32.95 percent to GOP candidates, followed by individuals (17.72 percent) and caucuses (9.74 percent).