With his rival blocked from fundraising all but three days of the month because of the Legislature’s stalemate, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee reported raising well over $500,000 in March to reach $4.8 million.
That total includes a more than $660,000 assist from the state Democratic Party, plus some contributions carried over from his congressional campaigns.
Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna has reported raising $4 million, including $270,000 during the three-day break between regular and special session. The two have each spent a bit more than $1.7 million, leaving Inslee with a cash advantage.
While it’s all but certain that lawmakers’ work won’t be done at their midnight deadline tonight, we don’t yet know when it will start up again or how long it will last. It could be as little as an extra day if they reach a deal tonight. If they take a break before returning, the freeze on fundraising by state officials will thaw again and McKenna will be able to start fundraising again Wednesday.
Inslee said in a news release he raised $583,303 in March, a month in which he resigned from Congress to focus on the governor’s race. We won’t be able to verify the number until all the reports are up at the Public Disclosure Commission’s website, but the reports that already are available do show more than $530,000 in contributions.
Inslee says contributions have come from 21,892 donors over the course of his campaign, including almost 700 of them who attended a fundraiser with California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.