OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington’s campaign finance laws may allow Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee to gain a $1 million fundraising advantage by tapping cash he raised in previous election cycles.
His campaign’s interpretation has been informally approved by the state’s Public Disclosure Commission. It would essentially let Inslee ask supporters of his past congressional campaigns to roll their donations forward to his current campaign — without any limits. Inslee could then ask those donors for additional money that would be subject to the state’s campaign finance limits for the 2012 election cycle.
Republican candidate Rob McKenna’s campaign characterized the money as simply “illegal” and argued that Inslee’s past campaign money should remain in his federal campaign account.
Candidates in Washington’s last gubernatorial campaign each raised and spent more than $10 million.