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National Democrats, Republicans pump yet more money into governor’s race

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Sep. 18, 2012 at 10:26 am |
September 18, 2012 1:56 pm

The drumbeat of national party money arriving in Washington for the governor’s race continues.

Reports filed Monday by the independent political committee helping Jay Inslee show another $750,000 from the Democratic Governors Association, bringing the DGA’s total contributions to Our Washington to $3 million.

The Washington Education Association also gave $200,000. The teachers union has now contributed $850,000 to Our Washington, whose total fundraising stands at $5.4 million. (UPDATE: The total also includes $500,000 from WEA’s parent group, the National Education Association).

Also Monday, the Republican Governors Association reported kicking in another $300,000 for its independent pro-Rob McKenna effort, for a total of $5.5 million.

UPDATE: The RGA is airing a new ad in the race, with a folksier tone but making many of the same points as its first ad.

There is one claim that has been tweaked: that President Obama’s health care law contains not just a tax increase on business, but “the mother of all taxes on small business.”

That’s kind of a vague claim to try to fact-check, but it’s certainly a debatable one. The health care law does include one of the biggest recent increases in taxes, about $525 billion over 10 years. But only one-tenth of that comes from the tax penalty that will be paid by some businesses, and only part of that comes from what could be considered “small” businesses.  A large part of the overall tax increase, for example, targets people who earn high incomes.

AND ONE MORE UPDATE: The RGA also reports giving a fresh $170,000 to the state Republican Party — for a total of $270,000 — that it can use to support McKenna. The DGA has given $365,000 to the state Democratic Party. So the two groups combined are now in for more than $9 million.

UPDATED 1:55 p.m.

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