Washington U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers set a fundraising record during the first three months of 2018, raising more than $800,000 in defense of her Congressional seat.
The 5th District Republican announced contributions totaling $1.25 million dollars for the first three months of the year, with $803,000 going directly to her re-election bid against Democrat Lisa Brown. It’s the most McMorris Rodgers has raised during a three-month period since at least 2013, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. Her campaign says it was the biggest three-month fundraising period in the Republican’s 14 years running for a seat in Congress. McMorris Rodgers’ campaign added that 85 percent of the individual contributions came from within the state of Washington, not including political committees.
Both candidates are already trading boasts about their fundraising.
Brown reported late last month she had raised more than $1 million since announcing her candidacy in August, though she remains well behind McMorris Rodgers in total money.
Analysts expect the race between McMorris Rodgers and Brown to be the most competitive re-election contest the incumbent has faced. (Spokesman-Review)