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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2009 A3 i i [ i By Warren Kagarlse ~ Eastside Business Alliance: $500 and ChanteHe Lusebrink tcU~hi:c'~r::e:~di; , Rowley Properties: $500I Issaquah Press reporters ICouncil candidates raised impres- ~ Washington Association of I By Warren Kagarise were the unattributed robocalls. With phone calls, e-mail blasts Isive amounts in the sprint toward Realtors: $500 I Issaquah Press reporter Master Builders Association and old-fashioned glad-handing, IElection Day. Here are some of the Tola Marts [ spokeswoman Allison Butcher Issaquah city and schools candi- City Council candidates want to could not be reached for comment. dates tapped a wide network of Itop donors in Issaquah races: , Councilman John Rittenhouse: I know who paid for robocalls -- pre- Neither state law nor federal law donors for cash to keep cam- $350 I recorded, automated phone mes- prohibits prerecordedpolitical calls. paigns cruising ahead, iCity Council, Pos]Uon Council President Maureen i sages -- made on behalf of con- Tony Perkins, lead political Despite a tough economy andthe IMaureen McCarry McCarry: $250 I tenders Nathan Perea and Joan finance specialist with the PDC, number of unopposed races on the Probala a week before Election Day. said the lssaquah calls puzzled the city ballot, candidates had outpaced I, Connie Marsh: $500 ,41st District Democrats: $250 I the amount spent on city races in I, Chris Hysom: $500 I Perea and Probala disavowedor,ganization. knowledge of the calls or the entity I don't know who made the 2007. During the last election cycle I* Washington Conservation Voters: School Board, Director J behind them. No evidence ties the calls, frankly," Perkins said. -- when nine candidates appeared EIK'II0N NIGH[ /$450 District No. 2 j robocalls to the Perea or Probala State election rules encourage -- on the ballot in the August primary Joan Probala campaigns. The message encour- but do not require -- sponsorship and seven candidates went on to Visit www.issaquahpress.com / Seattle King County Association Marnie Maraldo and Wright Noel I aged voters to cast ballots for information if a candidate's cam- the general election -- challengers for up-to-the-minute election / of Realtors: $1,000 opted to use so-called mini-cam- I Perea and Probala. paign pays for robocalls. raised $32,505. Contrast the total results and candidate reaction. / , Bill Conley: $501 paigns, which limit the total raised I 'I would like you to vote today for If robocalls are made on behalf with 2009, when no primary elec- , King County Elections is expect- Joan Probala and Nathan Perea for of a candidate and unaffiliated tion was needed and eight candi- ] , Eastside Business Alliance: $500 and spent on a campaign to ] the Issaquah City Council, and mail with his or her campaign, state dates pulled in more than $58,000 ed to release its first batch of unof- | Donations above the $500 limit $5,000. Candidates who chose I your ballot today," a woman said in election rules require the calls to by the last week in October, accord- ficial results at 8:15 p.m. Nov. 3. If / were made before the cap went mini-campaigns do not have to file I the message. Issaquah voters said include a rider indicating the enti- ing to filings with the state Public the tallies are close, candidates I into effect June 1. a weekly report with the Public I they received the call early last week. ty behind the ad, as well as the city Disclosure Commission. and voters will be left waiting until Disclosure Commission. ] Perea faced Tola Marts in the and state in which the organiza- Despite the economic down- the elections office releases anoth- / City Council, Position 7 I contest for the Position 7 seat. tion is based. If a political commit- turn, most candidates said the er round at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 4. Source: Public Disclosure Commission erobala was vying against incum- tee deploys robocalls on behalf of a recession had not limited donors' | Nathan Perea / bent Maureen McCarry in thecandidate, the message must ab,!lity to give. ~ The Web site forThe Issaquah I J Position 5 race. Both races were to include the rider and -- if contrib- The economy has put a ding in Press will carry election updates be decided by voters Nov. 3. utors gave more than $700 to the a lot of races, City Council candi- until all votes have been counted, campaign signs, $1,000 for cam- Election Day, and Maraldo said The candidates raised concerns committee-- the top five donors to date Joan erobala said. paign consulting and Web site she would likely be able to reim- about the robocalls because the the organization in the year before But Probala, who faced incum- design, and $877.10 to print cam- bursa about $1,000 of her loan to messages do not identify the entity the call was produced. bent Maureen McCarry, said she paign materials, her campaign, behind the message, or the woman Penalties for the entity behind had no trouble fundraising, erobala didate challenging the mayor. Marts spent a total of $1,078.61 Noel said he has raised $1,455 inWe call. the calls would depend on the said she was pleased with the Unopposed City Council candi- for campaign mailers and another in outside contributions for his I ve worked hard and I want to track record of the organization. If amount raised by her campaign: dates, incumbent Eileen Barber $683.28 for yard signs. The largest campaign, using the same formu- feel good about what I v,e done," the entity had past election infrac- $17,752 by the end of October. and newcomer Mark Mullet, also single expense for the Marts cam- la as Maratdo. He loaned the cam- erobala said. "Now, there s a cloud tions, stiffer penalties would be McCarry had raised more by the pulled in donations. Barber pulled paign was $715 for a newspaper ad. paign about $1,000 to launch the hanging over Nathan and I."likely, Perkins said. But if the anti- end of October -- $11,509 -- than in $1,998 before the candidate-ill- effort. About half of the donations Perea and erobala said they first tyhad no prior election infractions, the $10,230 she mustered four ing period ended. Mullet has Mini-campaigns, big bills he collected were funneled heard about the calls after sup: the PDC would likely cite the years ago, when she was locked in raised $5,445, according to cam- Marnie Maraldo and Wright Noel, through his Web site, and theporters contacted them and noted organization. a tight race with Bill Conley. But paign filings, vying for the school hoard Director o erhalfwas sent via mail. how the recorded message 'Whoever's doingit should iden- the City Council incumbent said Probala, who entered the race District No. 2 seat, opted for a dif- Even $10 is a huge statement of includes mispronunciations of tify themselves in the call or to the asking for money had become dif- in late February, pulled in $1,000 ferent tactic: the so-called mini- their support," Noel said. "Does it their surnames. PDC, Marts said. fic t amid the recession, from the Seattle King County campaign, a pact to limit fundrais- make a difference? Yes. I wouldn't I learned about it the same way eerea said robocalls did not jibe There are higher priorities in Association of Realtors before the ing and spending to $5,000. have been able to get the signs out." a lot of people did, eerea said. with the way he conducted his City people s lives right now, and I contribution limit went into effect. The total includes loans from a Noel had spent $1,274 with less The most recent expenditure ill- Council bid. respect that, McCarry said. Probala, a real estate agent, also candidate to his or her campaign, than two weeks until the election, ings with the state Public "I have put a lot of energy and Candidate Nathan Perea tapped received contributions from a polit- Contributions from a single donor with campaign signs as the largest Disclosure Commission show effort into making my campaign into a broad group of donors ical action committee, the Realtors cannot exceed $500. If a candi- expense. The campaign also paid eerea and erobala did not pay for about personal outreach, knocking because he ' reached out to so Quality of Life PAC, a real estate date breaks the mini-campaign for materials to make stress balls the robocalls, on doors, shaking hands and per- many families and close friends, organization based in Olympia. rules, he or she must file a weekly -- flour and balloons with Noel's Realtors Quality of Life PAC, a sonally attending as many functions he said. He had raised $8,273 by Her campaign drew $5,936 worth disclosure report with the PDC. name on them -- and campaign real estate organization based in as I can, he wrote in an e-mail. the end of last month, of independent support last month Maraldo and Noel did not break buttons, and ingredients to bake Olympia, has spent money to sup- '%Vhen I learned that someone had Perea squared off against another from organizations. The contribu- the $5,000 limit, homemade cookies, port Probala, but the contributions taken it upon themselves to reach newcomer, Tola Marts, for the tions were used for campaign mail- The schools candidates said the After Noel reimburses the origi- were used for mailers and newspa- out to voters in a very impersonal Position 7 council seat. Marts said he ers and newspaper ads, according format allowed them more time to nal loan, the campaign account per ads, accordingto campaign ill- way like a robo-dial, I was frnstrat- employed a similar strategy to rake to campaign filings, focus on issues, will have a balance of about $200, ings. Another political entity, the ed. I would never suggest, support in $5,461 by the end of October, Outside spending from the I ve spent most ofmy time talk- Noelsaid. Affordable Housing Council--the or pay for that type of service. Ihope according to campaign filings. Affordable Housing Council was ing about the issues, rather than Noel said the largest contribution political arm of the Master Builders Issaquah voters know that robo-dial "I have a really strong set of used to support Perea and going out and trying to get money to his campaign was about $200. Association of King and methods of outreach do not match supporters," Marts said. erobala. The organization -- the from people," Noel said. "So, it Most of the donations, however, Snohomish Counties -- spentmy personality or campaign style." political arm of the Masterhas been nice, in that sense, since were between $10 and $50, he said. $1,600 each on the eerea and Dash for cash Builders Association of King and I haven't had to be concerned There has been a lot of little erobala campaigns to call voters, Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234. or City candidates also worked to Snohomish Counties -- spentabout raising a lot of money, donations, which has been hugely though it was unclear whether the wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at secure more donations to reach $1,600 each on the Perea and Maraldo said she and her hus- appreciated," he said. Affordable Housing Council calls www.issaquahpress.com .... big numbers, due to a new cam- erobala campaigns to call voters, band, Tony, loaned the cam paign paign finance rule -- the first limit City candidates each hosted a about $2,500 at the beginning. to campaign contributions in few receptions to raise money, Since she started fundraising dur- Issaquah history, and made pitches for campaign ing the summer, about $2,200 has With the start of campaign season dollars through the Web. flowed to the campaign, she said. two weeks away, the City Council Candidates shelled out for big- Maraldo estimated half of the voted in mid-May to limit Issaquah ticket items, such as hundreds of donations were made through her campaign contributions. The cap yard signs, Web site design servic- campaign Web site. The other limits donations to $500 from a sin- es and campaign mailers, half, she said, was made through gle party and includes both cash and in-kind donations in the total. Enforcement fell to city Code Compliance Officer Michele Forkner. She said no complaints have been filed under the new ordi- nance. But several donors skirted the cap by giving to candidates already in the race before June 1, Probala, who raised more than any other city candidate, also spent the most: $14,191. Her cam- aign spent $1,731.23 for mailers, 1,138.20 for yard signs and $954 for newspaper advertising. McCarry directed $7,241 to her re-election bid. She spent $2,727 for newspaper ads, $4,621.15 for cam- paign mailers and $1,215 for her campaign Web site. eerea dropped $7,654 in the Position 7 contest. He outspent mailed contributions. Major donors to the Maraldo campaign included local unions, education advocate Leigh Stokes and state Rep. Marcie Maxwell, a Renton Democrat who represents Newcastle, where Maraldo lives. The largest donations were about $200 each, Maraldo said. Maraldo said most of money, $1,773.90, went toward campaign signs. Maraldo also had a cam- paign manager for a short stint, a $750 expense. The campaign had about $1,500 less than two weeks before when the limit went into effect. I know you want the best dental care for you and your family and that quality Mayor Ava Frisinger, who will be and guarantee is something that should not have to change. So I've come up re-elected unopposed, netted $7,795 in cash and in-kind donations. Most with a way to work with you when everything seems to be working against us. of the contributions to the Frisinger opponent Marts, who funneled I've been serving Issaquah families and their friends for 15 years, and I'm not campaign poured in before the filing $3,684 to his campaign, about to Let you down now. 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