Where’s the kingmaker?

David-FeatureCounty Commissioner David Madore is no stranger to dipping into his deep pockets for political purposes.

He first burst on the scene, after all, when he funneled nearly $180,000 out of his own bank account into his political action committee NoTolls.com. And while running for county commissioner, his own war chest benefited from his personal millions.

He has yet, however, to give to any cold-hard cash to incumbent legislative candidates. His fellow Republicans seeking re-election at the state level include; Reps. Liz Pike, of Camas, Paul Harris, of Vancouver, and Brandon Vick, of Felida.

He did donate to Vick’s Republican opponent in the primary, John Ley, who was defeated.

But he hasn’t totally forgotten his Republican counterparts vying to get to Olympia. Earlier this month, he cut a check to the Washington State Republican Party for $25,000, which presumably benefits local Republicans in their bid for re-election.

And political newcomer Lynda Wilson, who is hoping to oust incumbent Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, has benefited from Madore’s millions. She has received two checks for $950 each.

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake covers politics for The Columbian. You can reach her at 360-735-4534 or lauren.dake@columbian.com. Follow her on Twitter .

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