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October 30, 2006

Jay Inslee's Contributions To Democrats

I was not surprised when I got a reply from Chris McCullough, Jay Inslee's campaign manager, on my recent post nudging our state elected Democrats at the federal level to pony up some of the money they are sitting on.  He provided information on how much Inslee has contributed to the Democrats this year.  Chris says Inslee has directly contributed $481,000 to candidates, party organizations and the Yes on 937 campaign. 

Inslee is a stand-up guy and a team player and his contributions reflect that.  Several months ago, I interviewed Jim Davis, who had been a Democratic candidate in the 4th in 2000.  He talked about how much Inslee had done for him back then, both financially and in coaching and mentoring. 

Chris sent me a copy of an email he had sent Chris Bowers at MyDD, instigator of the "Use It or Lose It" campaign.  I've edited the parts that don't need explaining to WA state voters:

Inslee has donated $180,000 to the DCCC, $167,000 to individual federal and state candidates), $81,000 to the WA Dem state party, and $50,000 to the renewable energy initiative in WA State. Since Sept. 30th, Inslee has contributed a total of $80,250 to these causes.

Besides what he's contributed from his campaign, Inslee has also raised more than $1 million this cycle for other campaigns, including over $500,000 for U.S. House candidates, $500,000 for the clean energy initiative, and money for state legislative races.

As to why Congressman Inslee is working so hard to raise money and using it to help other candidates, the short answer is that Inslee is a team player.  Last cycle he gave away almost $400,000.  But Inslee also believes that this will be 1994 all over again except that the Republicans will rightly be on the receiving end of voter's anger, so he hopes that all of his colleagues (and a record number have already) contribute more this year to help Democrats win a governable majority.

Chris also added that he personally thinks the "Use It or Lose It" project is a good idea and he's glad it's having an impact.

Thanks Jay.  We will remember.

Posted by Lynn Allen on October 30, 2006 at 10:38 AM in Inside Baseball, Taking Action | Permalink

Comments

Why does he think that sitting on $900K is a good idea this year?

Posted by: jeff | Oct 30, 2006 10:59:59 AM

I think we should give credit where credit is due. It looks to me like Jay has stepped up to the plate.

Posted by: shoephone | Oct 30, 2006 9:05:48 PM

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