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Herrera Beutler Outraises Party Opponent

January 30, 2014

Lisa Broadt, The Chronicle

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U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler

Jan. 29--U.S. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, already has raised about $747,000 during this 2013-2014 campaign cycle, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. The information, filed on Sept. 30, is the most recent available.

So far, Herrera Beutler has spent $262,000, the vast majority on campaign-related expenses.

For her 2012 campaign, she raised a total of about $1.7 million.

During that cycle, individuals and groups in Vancouver provided a significant portion of the funding that helped her secure the 3rd District Seat.

So far this year, Holland Partners and Nierenberg Investment Management tie for her top contributor, with $20,400 each.

Acorn Ventures is third with $15,200, Kiewit Corp is fourth $13,000 and JEA Senior Living and Fisher investments tie for fifth with $10,400 each.

Holland Partners is a Vancouver-based company that creates apartment complexes in the western United States. For Herrera Beutler's 2012 election, it donated $10,000.

JEA Senior Living is a Vancouver-based developer of senior citizen communities.

Nierenberg, Acorn, Kiewit and Fisher are primarily-conservative influence groups.

Other local top contributors include: Boeing, Pacific Seafood Group, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser.

When grouped, the industries that supply her with the most money are retirement, securities and investment, real estate, forestry and general contractors.

Herrera Beutler is the third highest recipient of money in the House from the forest products industry; she trails only Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Though Lewis County typically contributes about a third as much money to political campaigns as the average county in the United States, the money that was donated went, in large part, to Herrera Beutler.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the 733 candidates running for a seat in the House have raised nearly $303 million.

Of the incumbents running, Herrera Beutler ranks 126th in amount of money raised so far.

Her Republican opponent, Michael Delavar, has raised a little over $2,700, according to the center.

No information is available yet for Democratic challenger Bob Dingethal.

Herrera Beutler attended the University of Washington and has worked as a legislative aide for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane.

She was elected to Congress at the age of 31.

Herrera Beutler's first child, Abigail Rose Beutler, was born prematurely in July with Potter's Syndrome, a kidney and lung condition that's typically fatal. Abigail has been called a "miracle baby."

Abigail in November was moved from a hospital to an outpatient facility in California.

She moved home to Camas in December.

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Original headline: Herrera Beutler Has Raised About $750K for Upcoming Election


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