Lauderdale still leads in campaign donations for Island County commissioner race

Robert "Jeff" Lauderdale continues to outpace Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson in fundraising for their 2012 campaigns for the District 1 seat on the county board of commissioners.

Donations to Price Johnson's campaign in September, however, have helped narrow the gap between the two, according to reports on file with the state Public Disclosure Commission.

Lauderdale, a Coupeville Republican making his first attempt at public office, has raised $8,953 through Monday.

Price Johnson, a Clinton Democrat in her first term as commissioner, has raised $7,449 through Oct. 10, according to the Public Disclosure Commission, the state agency that serves as a watchdog on campaign financing.

Lauderdale and Price Johnson are nearly equal in the amount of cash on hand for the campaign; roughly $500 in donations separate the pair. That's because Lauderdale has outspent Price Johnson in the first two months of the campaign.

Lauderdale has $7,850; Price Johnson, $7,310.

Lauderdale got a head start in the race and announced his candidacy on Aug. 13, though he filed paperwork with the state as a candidate — and began accepting donations — in July.

Price Johnson filed as a candidate for re-election on Aug. 30.

Through Monday, the Republican candidate had spent $1,103 on his campaign.

According to his expenditure forms submitted to the state, Lauderdale has purchased business cards, "Elect Jeff" buttons and has attended a candidate and fundraising school in Moses Lake.

Price Johnson has spent $138 on her campaign.

Most of that money has gone to Blue Utopia, a Seattle company that assists Democratic Party candidates with online campaigning, social media and email communications, according to the company's website.

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