GOP Candidate Rakes In Massive Fundraising Haul…In Suburban Seattle

Republican front-runner Dino Rossi hauled in more than $575,000 in donations just nine days after kicking off his campaign to replace retiring Rep. Dave Reichert in Washington’s 8th District.

Rossi doubled the fundraising of any of his opponents in the third filing quarter. The next-closest candidate, pediatrician Kim Schrier, a Democrat, raised a shade under $275,000.

The donations to Rossi’s campaign flowed in from the day of his announcement, Sept. 21, to the end of the quarter on Sept. 30, an average of more than $64,000 per day (and $2,680 per hour) during the span.

“I hoped we’d get off to a strong start, but I didn’t know for sure how people would react,” Rossi wrote in a Facebook post to his supporters last week.

Read more at Roll Call.