BELLEVUE, WA, May 27 – Susan Hutchison, the Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party, issued the following statement:
Jay Inslee’s re-election campaign committee has repeatedly violated Public Disclosure Commission rules. Inslee has used his campaign funds for grassroots lobbying in support of his big government agenda. Therefore, the WSRP has filed a 45-day Citizen Action Letter complaint today with the Attorney General’s office (see attached file).
The complaint we’ve filed asks Attorney General Ferguson to investigate Inslee’s improper use of campaign funds to advance his left-wing agenda.
The 45-day letter shows how Inslee, in violation of campaign finance laws, used his campaign’s email lists and website to lobby people to support his legislative agenda. RCW Chapter 42.17A prohibits the use of campaign funds for any purpose other than the candidate’s election. Clearly, Inslee’s actions were issue advocacy, not for his own election.
Jay Inslee has taken a hyper-partisan approach during the legislative session, proposing the largest tax increase in our state’s history. Our legislature is on the verge of a second special session because of the Governor’s confrontational approach and D.C.-style effort to jam through his record-setting tax hikes. Jay Inslee decided to break the rules to try and get his way.
Now it’s up to Attorney General Ferguson. The taxpayers of our state deserve an investigation of Inslee’s illegal behavior.