July 26, 2011 •
Rollover of Campaign Contributions Disputed in Washington Gubernatorial Election
The campaign finance practices of Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee have come under fire as his campaign has asked supporters of his past congressional campaigns to roll their donations forward to his current campaign, regardless of contribution limits.
Inslee could then ask those donors for additional money that would be subject to the state’s campaign finance limits for the 2012 election cycle.
Republican candidate Rob McKenna’s campaign, characterized the money as “illegal.”
The Washington Public Disclosure Commission staff has stated that Inslee’s interpretations of campaign finance regulations are correct.
McKenna’s campaign pointed to federal election documents that show Inslee never declared the cash as surplus money, meaning it cannot be transferred, and also questioned whether a federal candidate could ever move money to a state campaign because the cash was raised under different election rules.
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