McMorris Rodgers leads in fund-raising but Brown doing well

July 13, 2018

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has raised more than $3.7 million for her re-election campaign, but Democratic challenger Lisa Brown continues to raise more money than any previous challenger to the 14-year incumbent.

McMorris Rodgers, a member of House leadership, had spent $2 million and had $1.7 million left in the bank, according to the latest quarterly reports filed with the Federal Election Commission for the period that ended June 30.

Brown has raised a total of $2.1 million, spent $1.1 million and had just over $1 million to spend during the stretch run for the 5th District House seat representing the eastern third of Washington. Brown, a former state legislative leader, has raised more money than any of McMorris Rodgers’ previous seven challengers.

“We’re in a pretty good mood here,” Jack Sorensen, communications director for Brown, said Friday. “It is loud and clear that the people of the 5th Congressional District believe in Lisa’s message.”

Brown and McMorris Rodgers were close in money raised in the April-June period.

McMorris Rodgers raised $1.1 million for her campaign during the latest quarter, while Brown raised $930,000.

Brown has not accepted any money from corporate PACS, Sorensen said.

McMorris Rodgers ranks fourth in House leadership, and has posted easy wins in nearly off of her previous campaigns. She has led in early polls, but Brown has shown surprisingly strong support in the district that has not elected a Democrat since 1992.

“I’m getting a lot of positive feedback from people who are excited about my record of results and want to keep our momentum going,” McMorris Rodgers said in a statement.

Both campaigns have been running television advertisements attacking their opponent in recent weeks.

McMorris Rodgers has tabbed Brown as “Liberal Lisa” for her support of higher taxes in the Legislature. Brown has criticized McMorris Rodgers as a Washington, D.C. insider.

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