Big, unprecedented ‘independent’ spending invades Seattle City Council races

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:

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