Freeze on fundraising coming

Lawmakers are getting ready for the big freeze.

And I’m not talking about a drop in the temperature.

State officials have until 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 to raise money for their campaigns. The fundraising freeze takes effect on Saturday and runs until the Legislature adjourns. During that time, elected officials cannot solicit or accept contributions.

You may have noticed a surge in pleading politicians over the airwaves or an increase of flyers in the mailbox.

Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, has kicked off his own countdown listing the number of reasons people should give.

Reason No. 10, according to his Facebook page, is he voted against the transportation package.

He showed up for the photo to applaud as the governor signed the package into law, but we’ve already talked about that.  Benton

Benton is up for re-election next year and he’s going to need the money if he wants to keep his Senate seat.

Last time Republican Chair Susan Hutchison was in town, she told The Columbian’s editorial board she had seen some polling done on the senator.

The numbers didn’t look very good for Benton, Hutchison said.

It could be a tight race, but Republicans also want to keep control of their narrow majority in the Senate, which could be in Benton’s favor.

A quick scan of his financial reports shows he’s received donations from across the state. His most recent finance report showing cash-on-hand for the period ending on Oct. 31, showed he had $13,206 to spend.

If you have seen him on your television recently, that’s because he spent $2,950.00 on seven 30 second TV spots on KGW last week.

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake

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

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