Lots of independent expenditures for Earling and Wilcox

Outside organizations have spent more than $28,000 in support of Edmonds candidates Dave Earling and Bob Wilcox.

Independent expenditures can’t be coordinated with campaigns and, by U.S. Supreme Court ruling, aren’t subject to contribution limits like Washington’s maximum contribution of $800 to any candidate for the primary and $800 for the general election, or Edmonds’ stricter limit of $500 for an entire election cycle.

Earling has had the support of $26,720 from the National Association of Realtors for direct mailing, and for polling and consulting that helped form the content of the direct mail. The Chicago-based National Association paid for the services at the recommendation of the Washington Association of Realtors, The Snohomish County Association of Realtors has endorsed Earling.

A spokesman for the Washington Association of Realtors said that the organization has given contributions within the limits to Earling, and incumbent City Councilman DJ Wilson and to candidates all over the State, but the Public Disclosure Commission web site doesn’t show a contribution to Wilson . The spokesman said Thursday that the organization sometimes spends more for someone like Earling, whom the spokesman called a “really great candidate.”

Wilcox has had the support of $1,600 from the Affordable Housing Council, the political action committee of the Master Builders of King and Snohomish counties for telephone calls both before the August primary and before the general election.

The Affordable Housing Council has given maximum $500 contributions to both Earling and Wilcox, and a $250 contribution to Wilson.

Earling is challenging incumbent Mayor Mike Cooper, and Wilcox is challenging incumbent City Councilwoman Diane Buckshnis.

Evan Smith can be reached at schsmith@frontier.com

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