3rd Congressional District race attracts big bucks

first_imgWith little more than a month remaining until filing week, candidates for the 3rd Congressional District have amassed more than $675,000 in contributions this quarter. Leading the pack is Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, but Democratic challengers aren’t too far behind.RepublicansHerrera Beutler reported $391,500 in contributions between Jan. 1 and March 31, $317,000 which comes from individual contributions, $69,000 from political action committees and $5,000 from the Washington State Republican Party.She ended the quarter with $767,000 cash on hand and spent about $141,000 on operating expenses.Donors of note include Safari Club International, a gun rights lobby, which donated $2,000. Until this quarter, Herrera Beutler had not received contributions from gun rights groups since 2015.Local developer Clyde Holland and his wife, Rena, are among the 308 individuals who made contributions this quarter. Both gave the maximum, $2,700, to both the primary and general elections.Ken Fisher, CEO of Fisher Investments, also contributed the individual maximum this season, topping out at $5,400 between the two elections.“I continue to be humbled by all of the individuals who have stepped forward to support this campaign,” Herrera Beutler said in an email. “I’m confident that we’ll have the resources we need to let voters know about my efforts to fight Oregon’s scheme to toll the I-5 and I-205 bridges, protect our native salmon, save Southwest Washington families $2,300 by cutting their taxes, and solve problems facing our region.”last_img read more