Inslee issues $32K in campaign donation refunds



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee has issued more than $32,000 in campaign refunds from supporters who rolled over federal donations to his state account.

Inslee listed more than 30 refunds in his August campaign finance report.

The Public Disclosure Commission initially told Inslee’s campaign that it could work with donors to roll over unused federal contributions without disclosing the donors and without giving limits. The elections watchdog later revised its opinion, saying Inslee could transfer money from the federal account, but that the cash would be subject to disclosure and contribution restrictions. Some of the donors had already reached contribution limits.

Both Inslee and Republican candidate Rob McKenna reported raising about $500,000 in August, raising their totals to over $1.5 million. Inslee holds an advantage in cash-on-hand, with about $1.3 million available. McKenna holds about $900,000.