Well, something like this. These are the 15 people (or unions) that contributed to more than half the successful council campaigns in the last two cycles:
|Campaigns contributed to|
|WA FED OF ST EMPLOYEES LOCAL 443||5|
|OLYMPIA FIREFIGHTERS IAFF LOCAL 468||5|
Here is the entire list, plus a few other spreadsheets to show you how I got there.
And, while Chris Garst lives outside of Olympia, it is pretty just outside Olympia. And, Chris is really good people. So, don't get me wrong with that headline. Chris Garst is good.
This isn't a list of who contributed the most money, but rather a list of who contributed to the most successful campaigns for city councils. I didn't take a close look at the contribution totals, so many on this top 15 list may have contributed little compared to someone who maxed out on one candidate.
But, by a certain measure, these people are more influential than a theoretical single candidate max contributor. In addition to their financial support, every single one of these folks or organizations gave their personal time and civic reputation to the candidate.
Some additional thoughts:
- I'm surprised by the number of elected officials, public officials, former and current. This includes Pratt (Lacey city council), Romero, Valenzuela (Thurston County commission), Walt Jorgenson (former Tumwater city council) and Judy Bardin (Olympia planning commission). Joyce Kilmer, the wife of Olympia city council member (and mayor) Steve Buxbaum is in there too.
- Only one of the locals that has contributed to the most campaigns is a union bargannign unit that deal directly with the city. While the IAFF Local 468 contributed to five campaigns, the other seven are not on the list. The only other union in the top 15 is a state employee union.
- Judy Bardin is on the list, and seems uniquely poised to make a run for council, which she recently announced.