The new district-based election of Seattle City Council members was supposed to “localize” politics, creating grassroots, neighborhood-centered campaigns and removing the need to raise $200,000-$300,000 for a citywide campaign.
Forget that assumption. Election 2015 has seen an unprecedented flood of “independent” money into several City Council races. Three candidates have raised war chests in excess of $200,000. Based on the candidates’ latest reports, here is evidence that money speaks: