July 17--Republican Dan Newhouse is well ahead of his opponents in fundraising through June, according to newly released reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission.
The former state Department of Agriculture director had raised $358,014 through June 30. The second highest fundraiser, Republican Kennewick attorney George Cicotte, had raised $220,605, but $125,000 of that was in loans he made to the campaign.
Former NFL tight end and Eltopia farmer Clint Didier had raised $219,174, which includes a $30,000 loan the tea party Republican took out in the first quarter.
State Sen. Janea Holmquist, R-Moses Lake, had raised $171,536.
Yakima Democrat Estakio Beltran, a former policy staffer for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, reported raising $62,555. More than $13,000 of that came from political action committees.
Newhouse received the most PAC money of any candidate with $28,000. Holmquist took $9,000 from political action committees and Didier and Cicotte reported taking no money from political action committees.
Newhouse also leads in cash on hand with $174,494 remaining in his chest at the end of June. Didier reported $113,971 cash on hand; Cicotte reported $107,104; and Holmquist reported $61,235.
Beltran, who recently garnered national attention for a gunslinging political ad that was eventually pulled from YouTube, had $47,281 cash on hand.
Newhouse has already flexed his financial muscle over the airwaves with more than $65,000 spent on television advertising through the first three weeks of July alone. The only other candidate to buy television airtime is Cicotte, who purchased $22,700 in advertisements through the Aug. 5 primary.
Ephrata portraitist Gavin Seim, also a tea party Republican, reported raising $5,481between April 1 and June 30. Combined with first quarter totals, Seim has raised $13,357 to date.
Not all candidate filings, including details of specific donations and expenditures from the second quarter, were available Wednesday.
Second-quarter financial figures were not immediately available online for the remaining candidates: Democrat Tony Sandoval, a small-business owner from Yakima; independents Josh Ramirez, a Hanford project controls analyst living in Pasco, and Richard Wright, a retired physical therapist from Kennewick; and Republicans Kevin Midbust, a retail shift supervisor from Richland; Glen Stockwell, a Ritzville business owner; and Gordon Pross, an Ellensburg resident who has run for the seat eight times.
Ballots are being mailed to voters this week, but residents have until July 28 to register in person at their county auditor's office. Yakima County mailed its ballots to voters on Wednesday.
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