Jay Inslee is ramping up his fundraising efforts before the voter-approved fundraising freeze for state elected officials begins 30 days before the next legislative session (December 12) and last until it ends in mid-March. Inslee trots out familiar bogeymen for liberal donors, claiming that during the freeze his opponent and “the Koch-funded Republican Governors Association” (RGA) will raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, to convince supporters to give him money via an intense email campaign.
One email, allegedly from one of his campaign minions, reads,
“I want to build a bold grassroots campaign with field offices across the state, dozens of energetic, hard-working organizers, and a real investment in the latest campaign targeting and digital innovations. But if we don’t meet our $100,000 grassroots fundraising goal by December 12, it’ll be my job to cut back.”
Never mind that Inslee presents no proof that the Koch brothers are somehow the major funders of the RGA or even the hypocrisy that he himself accepts “dark money” from major liberal donors who give through the Democrat Governors Association, Inslee is not playing straight with his supporters about his $100k goal.
Of course, that’s nothing new. Inslee tricked his supporters into thinking they were impacting legislation throughout the last legislative session. Now he’s doing it again—albeit in another way.
You see, Inslee is telling supporters that he wants $100k to “build a bold grassroots campaign.” But, what he does not tell his supporters is that he would not have to beg for more money had he not squandered big chunks of it since he was elected in 2012.
The truth is that Inslee paid the TV consultant he used last time a $50,000 bonus using his 2016 funds. Rather than mislead his supporters that he might have to cut back on something, Inslee can always have his Super PAC, Our Washington (which raised over $11 million for him in 2012) cover the costs.
If that fails, there is always California billionaire Tom Steyer—though he may be hesitant to help Inslee out considering he wasted $1.5 million losing four state senate races in that Inslee asked him to “invest” in back in 2014.