Washington Legislative Caucuses Race Fundraising Freeze
The election is over, but not the political fundraising. Washington state lawmakers are racing the clock to replenish their coffers before the freeze.
The freeze that hits on Dec. 13 isn't the plummeting temperatures kind; it's a freeze on campaign fundraising.
Washington lawmakers and statewide officeholders will be barred from raising campaign cash until after the 2015 legislative session. So there’s little time to waste.
A couple of caucus fundraisers are coinciding with something called Assembly Days. This is when lawmakers gather in Olympia to elect leadership, hold committee work sessions and otherwise get their ducks in a row for the upcoming session.
Lobbyists are also in town, so they’ve been invited to bring their checkbooks and attend morning and evening fundraisers. The money raised will help pay off campaign debts and keep the legislative caucus campaign committees alive to fight another day.