McKenna passes $1 million mark

Chris Rizo Jun. 17, 2008, 2:47pm

Rob McKenna (R)

John Ladenburg (D)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline)-Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna has raised more than $1 million for his 2008 re-election bid.

The Republican attorney general surpassed the $100,000 this month on Friday, and is likely to raise more than the roughly $1.23 million he raised in 2004, a campaign spokesperson said.

"Thirteen days and $100,000: We're feeling pretty good about how the fundraising is going this month," McKenna campaign spokesman Adam Faber told Legal Newsline.

As of May 31, McKenna reported having $421,000 cash-on-hand, while his Democratic challenger John Ladenburg reported having $94,000 on hand.

Ladenburg, the Pierce County Executive, has raised about $254,000, his campaign said.

"We're on our pace to reach our budget of $1.2 million," said Ladenburg campaign spokesman Christian Sinderman. "We're a pretty frugal operation so things are going well."

Calling the McKenna campaign "profligate spenders," Sinderman said half of the money the attorney general has collected this month has already been spent.

A recent poll showed McKenna leading in the race.

McKenna - who is seeking a second, four-year term - leads Ladenburg 49 percent to 42 percent, according to a SurveyUSA poll released last week.

The poll of 637 likely voters found that 23 percent of Democrats will cross party lines to vote for McKenna. Meanwhile, 11 percent of registered Republicans said they plan to support Ladenburg.

The poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points, indicated nine percent of Washington voters were undecided in the AG race at the time.

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