Inslee, McKenna close in cash

  • Tue Sep 11th, 2012 8:41pm
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By Rachel La Corte Associated Press

OLYMPIA — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee raised $1.2 million in cash contributions last month, just slightly more than his Republican opponent, Attorney General Rob McKenna, who raised $1 million.

According to filings with the state Public Disclosure Commission that posted Tuesday, $270,000 of the cash donations to Inslee came from the state Democratic Party. He also had more than $52,000 in in-kind contributions like catering and event entertainment, though the largest in-kind contribution was more than $11,000 in staff payroll from the state Democratic party.

Inslee looks to gain more money this weekend, with a fundraising visit Saturday by former President Bill Clinton. Clinton is scheduled to speak at the event at the Washington state Convention Center on Sept. 15. Tickets are $150, and attendees can get their picture taken with Clinton for $5,000.

Inslee, a former congressman, had $3.4 million cash on hand entering the month of September.

McKenna reported that he raised $1 million in cash, plus $38,000 in in-kind contributions. Filings show he has $3.7 million cash on hand. McKenna’s campaign has already committed about $2.8 million of that for TV ads for the fall.

As of Tuesday, McKenna and Inslee are about even for the total amount raised for their campaigns, about $8.6 million each.