Super-PAC Named `Mom:’ $215,000

Laura Ruderman has a very close ally lending big bucks to an outside effort to help her win a U.S. House seat in Washington state.


Margaret Rothschild has donated at least $215,000 to a super political action committee, Progress for Washington, that’s aiding daughter Ruderman, a former state representative seeking the 1st District seat near Seattle.

Rothschild gave $100,000 to the super-PAC this month, it said today in a filing to the Federal Election Commission that identified her as a retiree.

Rothschild said she’s funding the super-PAC because she’s “very frustrated” that Democratic rival Suzan DelBene can finance her own campaign and her daughter can’t, the Seattle Times reported earlier this month. DelBene, a wealthy technology executive, donated more than $2.3 million to her campaign, including $400,000 on July 25.

Mother and daughter can’t coordinate their efforts under the campaign finance laws, creating an awkward situation. Ruderman said last week that she spoke to her mother “early on” about all the time she spent fundraising, though there was “never any discussion about concrete action,” according to King 5 News report.

Progress for Washington has spent about $223,000 on the race, including $21,328 for mail today, it said in a filing to the FEC.

Ruderman, DelBene and political activist Darcy Burner are among the five Democrats running in Washington state’s “top two” primary on Aug. 7. They’re really fighting for one spot on the Nov. 6 ballot because the contest’s only Republican, county councilman John Koster, surely will be the top vote-getter next month and win the other general election berth.

They’re seeking the 1st District, which includes territory east and north of Seattle and is the descendant of the district Democrat Jay Inslee vacated in March to run for governor.

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