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October 16, 2007 7:32 AM

A second look at Reichert's latest fundraising

Posted by David Postman

Daniel Kirkdorffer carefully read the latest FEC reports and says Congressman Dave Reichert's latest filing shows he didn't raise as much money as the campaign initially claimed. Kirkdorffer, among the area's biggest blogging supporters of Democrat Darcy Burner, says that the totals Reichert's campaign gave me last week included money that was later refunded to donors.

And that means that in the third quarter of this year Burner looks to have raised more money than the incumbent. Kirkdorffer wrote:

It turns out, on closer inspection, that Reichert only raised $295,538 all told, not the $342,638 in total receipts. The difference is the $47,100 in refunds. If you look at the refunds and compare them to the itemized contributions, it is clear that the refunds simply amount to excess contributions beyond contribution limits. Reichert never really took in the money in the first place, and his Q3 total therefore actually lags Burner's total of $306,883, despite the fact Bush came to raise money for him.

MORE: Curt Woodward of the AP talked to Reichert Chief of Staff Mike Shields about the refunds:

Those refunds had to be issued because of mistakes in dividing the Bush money between Reichert's re-election campaign and the state Republican Party, which shared the more than $500,000 raised by the president.

The refunded contributions will be repaid, so Reichert is counting those contributions toward his third quarter total, Shields said.

Overall, Reichert has already cashed about $200,000 from the Bush visit to Bellevue, with more expected to roll in as officials continue splitting up the money, Shields said.

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