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Candidates for the 1st Congressional District vote on raising taxes on the wealthy at the City Club debate on Juky 25, 2012. (KUOW Photo: Deborah Wang)

Candidates for the 1st Congressional District vote on raising taxes on the wealthy at the City Club debate on Juky 25, 2012. (KUOW Photo: Deborah Wang)

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Suzan DelBene Drops Another $900,000 Into Her Congressional Campaign

Deborah Wang
07/27/2012

The race for the open seat in the 1st Congressional District just got more expensive. One Democratic candidate now has put close to $2 million into her campaign. KUOW's Deborah Wang reports.

TRANSCRIPT

Suzan DelBene is a former top executive at Microsoft and she is one of five Democrats who are running for the seat.

New filings with the Federal Election Commission reveal that in the first half of July, DelBene gave $900,000 to her campaign. That's on top of the more than $1 million she had given previously.

DelBene's campaign is spending heavily on TV ads, like this one.

TV Ad: "Now Susan DelBene is running for Congress to rebuild the middle class."

The ads seem to have given DelBene's campaign a boost. A new King 5–Survey USA poll shows DelBene is now solidly in second place. She had been virtually tied for second with Democrat Darcy Burner.

This is DelBene's second run for Congress. In 2010, she put more than $2 million into her campaign against Republican Dave Reichert.

Earlier this week, the candidates for the 1st District met for a debate sponsored by City Club.

DelBene said she is funding her campaign in part so she can defend herself against attacks.

DelBene: "We have a super PAC right now that has been basically exclusively attacking me."

Burner: "Not, true. They attacked me as well."

DelBene: "I said 'basically.'"

Joni Balter: "No fighting! No fighting!"

That was Darcy Burner chiming in, along with moderator Joni Balter. Burner has also been a subject of attack ads. The ads are coming from a super PAC funded by the mother of another Democrat in the race, Laura Ruderman.

Burner used her closing statement to condemn multimillionaires who she says doesn't play by the rules, and she included DelBene.

Burner: "And even in this race, we have most of us who have been playing by the same set of rules and one person who decided rather than to raise the money for the election, she would try to buy it."

In fact, DelBene and Burner have raised about the same amount of money: a little more than a $500,000 each.

A total of seven candidates are running for the open seat in the 1st District. The lone Republican, John Koster, is leading in the polls.

The top two candidates in the race will advance to the general election, and primary day is August 7.

I'm Deborah Wang, KUOW News.

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