Pedersen Leads Fundraising
Across All Seattle Campaigns
wide-ranging support and
a well-organized campaign,
Pedersen is financial leader citywide
with most money raised
and most "Cash on Hand"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Donna Hartmann-Miller, campaign manager, 206-502-9092
SEATTLE, January 15, 2019 -
Following the success of being the first to qualify for the city's Democracy Voucher program, City Council candidate Alex Pedersen is also leading in traditional fundraising for all campaigns across the city, according to the filings required by city and state law that were due January 10th.
While leading in fundraising among all candidates across the city indicates strong support, I'm most proud of the large number of donations from residents here in District 4 where my family and I have lived and been active in the community for over a decade
Per the most recent "C-4" form due January 10:
- Contributions: $36,037 (with more raised since then)
- Cash on Hand: $24,795
Pedersen is also leading in the number of contributors who reside in his district, showing strong support from voters in the area he seeks to represent. Nearly half of Pedersen's donors reside within his District (#4), even though the Northeast Seattle District is only 1/7 of the entire city.
Thanks to a strong month of fundraising in December, the campaign's ample Cash on Hand remains consistent even after Pedersen completed investments in the substantial start-up costs required to run a sustained and successful campaign through November 2019.
The candidate who has raised the second most amount of money is running in a
district and Pedersen has raised more than twice as much, with double the amount of cash on hand.
In addition, Pedersen was the first -- and still the only candidate across the city -- to qualify for Democracy Vouchers, another source of campaign cash that provides the additional benefit of helping to keep special interest money out of elections. Pedersen announced on December 24, 2018 that he submitted a sufficient number of signatures and donations while the SEEC finalized their confirmation January 10, 2019. Candidates who participate in the Democracy Voucher program must limit individual contributions to $250 (instead of $500) and limit total spending to $75,000 in the August primary and $75,000 in the November general election.
The candidates and their treasurers on each campaign are required by both state and city law to file timely reports to provide transparency and accountability to the public. The ability to file reports on time is also an indication of how well a campaign is organized and operated, providing a glimpse into how effectively a candidate might help to govern the city and its nearly $6 billion budget with over 10,000 employees.
It's important to note all candidates should have already filed their C-4 paperwork (due Jan 10) and those who do not file on time -- to publicly disclose their donations and expenditures -- face daily penalties.
Running on a platform of accountability and responsiveness, Pedersen announced his campaign on November 28, 2018 for District 4, which Rob Johnson is leaving next year. District 4 is home to approximately 100,000 residents in 15 neighborhoods
including Bryant, Belvedere Terrace, Cowen Park, Eastlake, Hawthorne Hills, Inverness, Laurelhurst, Magnuson Park, Maple Leaf, Ravenna, Ravenna Springs, Roosevelt, Sand Point, the U District, University Park, View Ridge, Wallingford, Wedgwood and Windermere.
- Link to the City's official website for the Democracy Voucher program:
- Link to Alex Pedersen's bio: https://electalexpedersen.org/meet-alex/