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Published: Sunday, November 20, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

Meet the biggest donors in county election campaigns

More than $1 million went toward bankrolling the dozen biggest political contests in Snohomish County this election season.

Where did the money come from?

The campaign-spending database maintained by the state Public Disclosure Commission makes it easy to get answers for individual candidates. But to identify the high rollers -- the folks who place their bets in multiple races or who spend money in ways designed to send a message -- it is necessary to go a step beyond. Thousands of individual contributions need to be brought together in one place and the numbers given a good crunching.

Below is the result, a list of the 130 organizations, businesses and people who spent at least $1,500 locally.

Donors of more than $1,500


ContributorCountAmount
AFFORDABLE HOUSING COUNCIL18$32,750.00
SEIU HEALTHCARE 775NW QUALITY CARE COMMITTEE5$20,457.23
WASHINGTON STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY6$16,750.00
NARAL PRO-CHOICE WASHINGTON PAC6$13,654.18
WA STATE DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE3$12,000.00
SHEET METAL WORKERS LOCAL 667$9,500.00
PACIFIC NW REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS11$7,400.00
WA ST COUNCIL OF CO & CITY EMPLOYEES12$6,750.00
PLANNED PARENTHOOD VOTES! WASHINGTON4$6,638.85
SEIU HEALTHCARE 775NW8$5,800.00
IBEW LOCAL 1918$5,500.00
WASHINGTON MACHINISTS COUNCIL9$5,300.00
ROWLEY GEORGE W1$5,000.00
WASHINGTON ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS PAC9$4,950.00
WASTE MANAGEMENT6$4,800.00
ROBINETT MARTIN8$4,500.00
CONSUMER FIREWORKS SAFETY ASSOCIATION PAC6$4,200.00
ECHELBARGER MICHAEL10$4,150.00
ROBINETT HENRY13$4,115.00
REPUBLIC SERVICES INC.7$4,100.00
STRATEGIES 360 INC.5$3,700.00
QUADRANT HOMES9$3,500.00
RUBATINO EDWARD9$3,450.00
WESTERN BLOWER ASSOCIATES2$3,300.00
ROBINETT LAUREEN6$3,200.00
BRAINERD PAUL6$3,200.00
TULALIP TRIBES4$3,200.00
ROBINETT DONNA9$3,115.00
PODANY FRANK4$2,900.00
BALLARD KEVIN5$2,900.00
NW WA BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL3$2,600.00
INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS LOCAL #3024$2,600.00
LABORERS LOCAL 2924$2,550.00
FIRST SOUTH PROPERTIES LLC1$2,500.00
ROBINETT MANAGEMENT CO. LLC4$2,450.00
BROADBAND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION PAC4$2,400.00
BANCHERO JOHN2$2,400.00
WEA PAC3$2,400.00
EVERETT FIREFIGHTERS I.A.F.F. #463$2,400.00
YOUNG GARY8$2,350.00
ROULSTONE DOUGLAS6$2,350.00
CAMWEST DEVELOPMENT LLC4$2,350.00
WA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION4$2,200.00
PACIFIC RIDGE HOMES4$2,150.00
BENNETT TODD4$2,150.00
BALLARD ALLISON3$2,100.00
WA AGGREGATE AND CONCRETE ASSOCIATION3$2,100.00
ROULSTONE BONNIE5$2,100.00
ENDURANCE INVESTMENTS LLC3$2,100.00
SKOTDAL CRAIG6$2,100.00
BENSON BOYD H1$2,000.00
LYNNWOOD RECYCLING CENTER4$2,000.00
LANHAM LINDA3$2,000.00
DAVID EVANS AND ASOCIATES INC4$1,950.00
GOLF SAVINGS BANK3$1,900.00
WESTMORELAND CLAUDEL3$1,900.00
ELI LILLY & COMPANY3$1,850.00
BOYDEN ROBINETT & ASSOCIATES LP3$1,850.00
APPLEBY MIKE3$1,800.00
SNOHOMISH BUSINESS PARK LLC3$1,800.00
HANSEN EDWARD8$1,800.00
SKOTDAL ARTHUR4$1,800.00
REID MIDDLETON INC3$1,800.00
HARVEY KANDACE7$1,750.00
DENNY MILLER ASSOCIATES INC3$1,750.00
GAMUT 360 HOLDINGS4$1,700.00
PETERSON ROCK7$1,650.00
AFSCME COUNCIL 22$1,600.00
AEROSPACE FUTURE ALLIANCE2$1,600.00
APPLEBY DEBBIE2$1,600.00
FRENCH CREEK HUNT CLUB2$1,600.00
EISSMANN ED5$1,600.00
AECOM TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION2$1,600.00
DWAYNE LANE'S CHRYSLER JEEP DODGE SUZUKI5$1,600.00
DILLON HOLLY2$1,600.00
DILLON ERIC2$1,600.00
AMALGAMATED TRANSIT UNION2$1,600.00
BARER STANLEY2$1,600.00
APPLE THREE LLC2$1,600.00
CLEARVIEW SPIRITS AND W2$1,600.00
CLEAR CHANNEL2$1,600.00
BURNETT DEE6$1,600.00
BUILD PAC3$1,600.00
AT&T SERVICES2$1,600.00
AVIATION TECHNICAL SERVICES2$1,600.00
COUNCIL OF METROPOLITAN POLICE AND SHERIFFS2$1,600.00
SNO EV INVESTMENTS2$1,600.00
FRONTIER AIR PARK INVESTORS LLC2$1,600.00
PCF REAL ESTATE SERVICES2$1,600.00
LEHIGH HANSON INC2$1,600.00
QUIL CEDA VILLAGE2$1,600.00
RAZORE PAUL2$1,600.00
SABEY CORPORATION3$1,600.00
SEIU HEALTHCARE 1199NW2$1,600.00
MICROSOFT CORPORATION2$1,600.00
SKYDIVE SNOHOMISH INC4$1,600.00
MINA ROBERT2$1,600.00
SWICKARD JEFF2$1,600.00
THE MCNAUGHTON GROUP LLC2$1,600.00
THE REGENCE GROUP2$1,600.00
TRUCKING ACTION COMM2$1,600.00
UFCW 21 PAC2$1,600.00
WHITNEY LANE LLC2$1,600.00
WRIGHT JEFF MR2$1,600.00
SHELDON LITA2$1,600.00
JR HAYES & SONS INC2$1,600.00
GORDON COLE INVESTMENTS2$1,600.00
HAMPTON LUMBER SALES2$1,600.00
HARVEY DEVELOPMENT4$1,600.00
HEICHEL FARM LLC2$1,600.00
HINES DAWN2$1,600.00
HINES FRED W JR2$1,600.00
HW LOCHNER INC2$1,600.00
INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES2$1,600.00
PREMERA BLUE CROSS2$1,600.00
J AND D BUILDERS2$1,600.00
1199 NORTHWEST PAC2$1,600.00
LTK ENGINEERING SERVICES2$1,600.00
MCCAW BRUCE2$1,600.00
MCKINLEY BRENT2$1,600.00
MCKINLEY CONNIE2$1,600.00
LANE DWAYNE5$1,575.00
BUSH JERRY3$1,500.00
ROBBINS BONNIE3$1,500.00
BASSFORD DENNIS4$1,500.00
DIXON DAN3$1,500.00
REYNOLDS STEPHEN2$1,500.00
SNOHOMISH COUNTY REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE1$1,500.00
BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY3$1,500.00
IRON MOUNTAIN QUARRY LLC3$1,500.00


The biggest financial backers were developers and builders, unions, political parties and organizations that want to protect access to abortion. Others included business lobbyists, waste disposal companies and the uber-wealthy, particularly from King County.

A few highlights from the raw data:

• The state Affordable Housing Council, the political action committee of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, spent the most on local races, more than $32,000. Nearly 80 percent went toward backing Aaron Reardon's successful bid for a third term as county executive. *

• Not far behind were members of the Service Employees International Union. Again, nearly 80 percent of the money backed Reardon.

• Members of the Robinett family and the development companies they oversee ponied up more than $20,000. They spread support among a number of candidates, including Reardon, but even more so helped his Republican challenger, state Rep. Mike Hope.

Abortion-rights advocates directed more than $20,000 to local races. The bulk of that money ($15,000) went toward an anti-Hope mailer produced by Moxie Media. That's the Seattle political consulting company facing a state attorney general lawsuit over its role in a false-flag campaign during the 2010 election season. The trial is scheduled for early next year.

Top contested local races by donations


OfficeCombined donations
County executive$574,239.21
Edmonds mayor$127,381.84
County Council Position 2$82,439.46
County Council Position 3$66,841.42
Marysville mayor$53,339.49
County assessor$39,876.68
Edmonds City Council Position 4$31,625.71
Everett City Council Position 7$29,815.81
Everett City Council Position 4$29,372.48
Everett Port Commission Position 2$27,683.43
Everett City Council Position 6$25,851.81
Everett City Council Position 5$25,414.48
Edmonds City Council Position 5$20,588.40
Total$1,134,470.22


* Correction, Nov. 21, 2011: Correction: The Affordable Housing Council is a political action committee of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. A different group represents the Building Industry Association of Washington. An earlier version of this post was in error.
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