I’m working today on a campaign finance story that will examine the campaign treasuries of the Bellingham mayoral and Whatcom County Executive candidates. Nothing terribly surprising to report, but I found it interesting to note that Winpower Strategies of Seattle is playing a significant role in Mayor Dan Pike’s reelection campaign.
Public Disclosure Commission records show that Pike’s campaign put the firm on a $500 retainer in April 2011, and has paid a total of $19,235.54 to the firm this campaign season, out of a total campaign war chest of $81,763.28.
Update: Isabel VanDerslice, Pike’s campaign manager, said most of the money that has gone to Winpower covered the cost of designing, printing and mailing campaign literature. About $2,500 of the money was for other consulting services.
Aside from the $2,500, the money paid to Winpower is what the campaign would have paid to a graphic designer and a mail house here, if the Pike campaign had done those chores in-house, VanDerslice said. (This paragaph has been updated after VanDerslice told me I had quoted her incorrectly.)
She said Winpower’s principal, John Wyble, “is helping us out, but on a really small scale.”
(Pike’s opponent, Kelli Linville, has raised $72,363.16, according to the PDC reports online. On Oct. 27, the Washington state chapter of the Sierra Club sent out an email to members, correcting an earlier report from the Sierra Club that claimed Linville was outspending Pike 3-1)
Here’s how Winpower describes its service, on the website linked above:
“Campaigns are about telling a story. Your story. It’s not some fabricated story created by somebody in a high rise across the river from the White House. It’s a story about why you live in the northwest and what you want to do make it a better place.
With thirty five years of combined experience in northwest politics, we can help you figure out how to tell your story, when to tell it, which broadcast medium to use and who needs to hear it so you can win.
We believe there are a lot of thoughtful citizens out there who should be dedicated public servants. We do this work because we want to help those citizens become our next generation of leaders.”