Sen. Smith raises over $90,000

More than two-thirds has come from out of district

— More than two-thirds of incumbent Sen. John S. Smith’s more than $90,000 in campaign contributions have come from donors outside the 7th Legislative District.

His opponent, Brian R. Dansel, has raised more than $13,000, with 13.75 percent of the contributions coming from out-of-district sources, state Public Disclosure Commission records show.

The two are vying for the position to which Smith was appointed earlier this year after the resignation of longtime Sen. Bob Morton. They will meet in the Nov. 5 general election.

Colville Republican Smith’s war chest topped $90,000 as of Oct. 17, state Public Disclosure Commission reports show.

Fellow Republican Dansel, a Ferry County commissioner from Republic, had raised nearly $14,000.

Records show 67.36 percent – or more than $60,600 — of Smith’s $90,058 in contributions came from outside donors, including several national and regional corporations and political action committees.

Dansel had raised more than $13,800, with $1,900 coming from out-of-district donors.

Dansel said he’s proud that most of his contributions came from people who live in the district and not out-of-area corporations, lobbyists and individuals.

“What do they want to do with the 7th District Senate? Why so much for a little race? What’s the price of that campaign check?” Dansel asked.

Smith said it’s a “misrepresentation” that he has a high percentage of out-of-district contributions. He said a lot of the donations came from groups to which local businesses and residents belong.

“I’m supported by a broad sector of the business community,” he said.

And, as vice chairman of the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee, he said the contributions reflect that he supports a business-friendly atmosphere.

He said he understands Dansel has received some business donations that haven’t yet been reported to the Public Disclosure Commission.

Smith has spent $83,173.17. Cash contributions were $96,079, in-kind contributions $1,345, anonymous donations $60, miscellaneous contributions $5.24 and small contributions, $1,274.

Dansel’s total contributions were $13,819.13, with a total of $9,707.24 spent. Cash contributions were $13,329.13, personal funds $100 and small contributions $390.

Public Disclosure Commission records show contributions made after Aug. 6 were:

Smith — Farmers Employees and Agents, Olympia, $1,800 (two contributions); Sabey Corp., Seattle, $900; The Kroger Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, $900; United Subcontractors Association PAC, Lakewood, $900; USAA, San Antonio, Texas, $900; Walmart, Omak, $1,800 (two contributions); James Hall, Springdale, $100; BNSF Railway Co., Fort Worth, Texas, $900; Big I PAC, Bellevue, $500; Chris Patterson, Spokane, $160; Dalene Patterson, Spokane, $160; Grant C. Peterson, Chewelah, $160; Linda R. Peterson, Chewelah, $160; Chris Patterson, Spokane, $90; Dalene Patterson, Spokane, $90; Linda Parlette, Wenatchee, 12th District senator, $50; Robert Parlette, Wenatchee, $50; fundraiser proceeds, $2,380; BP North America Employee PAC, Houston, Texas, $900; Pat Bell, Renton, $150; Ash Grove Cement Co., Overland Park, Kan., $500; Nate Narrance, Colbert, $250; Shannon K. Kelly, Colfax, $200; Michael A. Poulson, Connell, $160; Patrick Boss, Moses Lake, $100; Stephanie Cates, Greenacres, $100; Donna Kuhn, Spokane, $100; Phil Stalp, Colville, $100; Shelia Stalp, Colville, $100; Susan A. Wilmoth, Spokane, $100; Kenneth A. Garceau, Spokane, $50; Gretchen McDevitt, Spokane, $50; Perky Osborne, Colville, $50; Kevin Parker, Spokane, $50; Michael A. Poulson, Connell, $50;

Jim Abel, Spokane, $40; Tianna Abel, Spokane, $40; Bonnie Bell-Anderson, Spokane, $40; Judy Greenough, Colville, $40; Steve Greenough, Colville, $40; Carmen Hardy, Spokane, $40; Jennifer Hardy, Spokane, $40; Virgil Hoeft, Spokane, $40; Eric Hubler, Spokane, $40; Peggy Hubler, Spokane, $40; Donna Kuhn, Spokane, $40; Mike Padden, Spokane Valley, $40; Adam Pope, Nine Mile Falls, $40; Tish Pope, Nine Mile Falls, $40; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., East Hanover, N.J., $900; Jack Hopkins, Oknaogan, $300; Harmony House Health Care Center LLC, Brewster, $250; Deanna Houston, Okanogan, $250 (two contributions); Steve Houston, Okanogan PUD commissioner, $250 (two contributions);Neely and Neely LLC, Omak, $100; John Sackman, Omak, $100; 24-7 Property Maintenance LLC, Omak, $50; Beverly D. Barker Springer, Okanogan, $50; Shirley Berschauer, Omak, $50; Tom Berschauer, Omak, $50; Don Coppock, Omak, $50; Lonni Coppock, Omak, $50; Kerry Malone, Omak, $50; Ralph S. Malone, Omak, $50; Okanogan Valley Realty LLC, Omak, $50; Deana Zakar, Republic, $50; Josh Zakar, Republic, $50; Dino Rossi, Sammamish, $250; Jim Abel, Spokane, $50; Tianna Abel, Spokane, $50; Dan Cleghorn, Chewelah, $50; Karen Cleghorn, Chewelah, $50; Matthew Pederson, Airway Heights, $40; Millenium Bulk Terminal – Longview LLC, Longview, $900; Puget Sound Energy, Bellevue, $900; Washington Hospital PAC, Seattle, $900; Washington Association of Realtors PAC, Olympia, $900; Northwest Sportfishing Industry WA PAC, Oregon City, Ore., $900; Charlie Crabtree, Bellingham, $250; Luke Esser, Bellevue, $250; Jeff Kent, Custer, $200; Washington State Council of Firefighters Support Team PAC, Olympia, $900; Alaska Airlines, Seattle, $900; Cascade Natural Gas, Kennewick, $500; Washington Affordable Housing Council, Olympia, $900; Bonnie Quinn, Spokane, $320; Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, N.J., $500; PMSA Washington State PAC, San Francisco, Calif., $900; Northwest Dairymen’s ACA, Seattle, $900; Ponderosa Republican Women, Spokane, $250; Washington Society of CPAs PAC, Bellevue, $900; Green Diamond Resource Co., Shelton, $900; Joe Thomas, Omak, $500.

Dansel – Washington Education Association, Federal Way, $900; Susan Richart, Chewelah, $250, James J. Andrew, Colville, $50.


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