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Fires spark funding in lands commissioner race

Okanogan County tops donor support


Steven McLaughlin


Hilary Franz

— Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark is not seeking re-election.

But historically large wildfires in Northeastern Washington during his tenure are impacting the 2016 race between Steve McLaughlin and Hilary Franz.

The largest single donation for Republican Steve McLaughlin’s campaign for commissioner is $2,500 from the Okanogan County Republican party.

The state Public Disclosure Commission reports his campaign has received a total of $8,810 from Okanogan County supporters.

Critics believed state policies contributed to the largest wildfire in state history, which occurred in Okanogan County.

McLaughlin is also getting support from the timber industry. Weyerhauser and Vaagen Bros. Lumber of Colville both kicked in $2,000, records show.

His Lower Yakima Valley supporters include Frank Lyall of Grandview ($100), Jorday Hay, LLC of Prosser ($500) and Rick Mercer of Prosser ($500).

McLaughlin’s total campaign chest of $78,196 pales compared to Franz’s funding of $269,035.

Franz’s single largest cash contribution is $15,000 from Washington State Democrats, records show.

Her campaign funding does not include $171,361 in independent expenditures for advertising on her behalf against McLaughlin, records show.

Most of that came from Seattle-based Citizens For Our Future, Our Forests, records show. Dan Nordstrom is listed among its top donors.


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