State watchdog reconsiders $1M Inslee transfer

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington's election watchdog is now limiting how Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee can use his federal campaign funds.

Public Disclosure Commission Executive Director Doug Ellis said Friday that staff took a closer look at the law after an Associated Press story last weekend. The PDC had initially advised Inslee that he could roll forward some $1 million leftover from previous campaigns without the money being subject to contribution limits.

But Ellis says the federal money was raised outside of state campaign finance rules and cannot be treated that way. Inslee can ask his federal campaign donors to roll their funds to his current race, but that money will count toward that person's 2012 contribution limits.