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Candidate Tells Her Mom's Super PAC To Stop The Negative Ads

Deborah Wang

A Democrat running for Congress in Washington's 1st District has made a public plea to her mother: She wants attack ads paid for by her mom taken off the air. The ads began running today, and are aimed at another Democrat in the race. KUOW's Deborah Wang has that story.


The ads are reportedly airing on cable TV. According to the's Joel Connolly, they attack the business record of Democrat Suzan DelBene, a former Microsoft executive who is running for Congress in the 1st District. The ads reportedly show DelBene's face morphing into the face of Republican Mitt Romney.

The ads were produced by Progress for Washington — that's a super PAC. It can spend unlimited amounts of money in an election, as long as it doesn't coordinate directly with any of the campaigns.

Over the weekend, it became clear that this super PAC is funded entirely by the mother of another democratic candidate in the race, Laura Ruderman. Ruderman is a former state legislator and political fundraiser. According to Federal Election Commission records, her mother put $115,000 into the anti–DelBene campaign.

Ruderman has said she knew nothing about her mother's involvement, and she has refused to condemn the ads. But now, she has issued a statement calling on the super PAC to immediately take down the television ad. And she encouraged voters to visit her website to see the positive messages of her campaign.

There are a total of seven candidates running in the primary for the 1st District congressional seat. John Koster is the only Republican, and is leading in the polls. State Senator Steve Hobbs has just released a poll that shows him, Suzan DelBene and Darcy Burner in a virtual tie for second place. Laura Ruderman comes in a distant fourth. The top two candidates will advance to the general election in November.

I'm Deborah Wang, KUOW News.

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