McKenna holds fundraising lead during freeze



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna has more money in the bank than his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, even though McKenna has been subject to a fundraising freeze since the end of November.

According to the latest monthly report filed with the state Public Records Commission on Tuesday, McKenna has $2.3 million on hand compared to Inslee’s $2.1 million.

Inslee raised $342,534 for the month ending Dec. 31. McKenna didn’t raise any money during that period. He had to stop collecting donations because state officials are prohibited from fundraising while the Legislature is in session.

Inslee does not have to abide by the fundraising freeze because he holds federal office. So far, McKenna has raised nearly $3.8 million for his campaign. Inslee has raised nearly $3 million overall.