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November 1, 2007 8:55 AM

Insurance industry sets campaign spending record

Posted by David Postman

I posted a report Wednesday from city hall reporter Bob Young about record-breaking fundraising by city council candidate Tim Burgess. There are other records falling, too.

The insurance industry money behind the opposition campaign to referendum 67 now totals at least $10.7 million. The previous record for a campaign opposing a ballot measure was the $6.6 million raised mostly from tribes to oppose 2004's I-892 which would have expanded non-tribal gambling.

In county council races, Keith Ervin reports this morning that Republican Jane Hague's $450,000 campaign is a record, too. But as the case with Burgess, Hague hit the high mark with a lot of her own money. She has donated more than $100,000 to her campaign.

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