Contribution of the Day: Jay Inslee's $865K

By Erica C. Barnett July 11, 2012

With the addition of a $130,000 contribution on June 29 from the Washington State Democratic Party, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee has raised a total of $865,000 in cash this cycle,  bringing his total raised to $6,667,612, with more than $1 million from the state party (including  more than $250,000 in in-kind contributions overall from the Democrats.)

His Republican opponent, state attorney general Rob McKenna, has raised $6,676,455.

Two big differences between McKenna's fundraising and Inslee's, though. First, McKenna was barred from raising money during this year's four-and-a-half month legislative session, which ended in May. Second, and more significantly, his total includes no money from the state Republicans.

State Republican Party spokeswoman Meredith Kenny said, “The fact that the Democrats need to subsidize Jay’s campaign so heavily speaks volumes about his candidacy. Jay thinks jobs are created by using taxpayer dollars to pick winners and losers. Unfortunately for him, his Party dollars won’t make him a winner in November. That will be decided by the people of Washington and if fundraising is any indication, the voters are already speaking loud and clear.”

Inslee spokeswoman Jaime Smith responded, "We’d rather get money from Democrats than from big oil companies"---like Tesoro, which contributed $1,800 to McKenna's campaign.
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