Inslee sends $155K in federal cash to state party

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee has sent $155,000 from his old federal campaign account to the state Democratic Party.

Inslee's transfer reported in campaign finance reports Friday effectively allows him to circumvent limitations placed on how he uses his federal cash.

State officials have restricted Inslee from simply transferring his federal money to his state account. He must get each donor's permission to move the money and it is all subject to campaign contribution limits.

But by simply sending money to the state Democratic Party, Inslee can help pay for get-out-the vote efforts that will benefit him. The state Democratic Party has also been providing him hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial support in recent months.

Inslee still has $375,000 in his federal account.

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