Inslee raises $1.2M in cash in August; McKenna $1M

OLYMPIA (AP) — 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.

Jamie Smith, spokeswoman for Inslee’s campaign, said that as the campaign heads into the final months, “people are really stepping up.”

“We’re getting tremendous support from people around the state,” she said.

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.

“We’ve seen generosity and enthusiasm from our donors,” said McKenna spokesman Charles McCray. “It’s something that we certainly need and are grateful for.”

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