Gov. Inslee Forms Presidential ‘PAC,’ Claims Decision by April
Rumors have persisted for months, but now it's not such a secret anymore.
Gov. Jay Inslee has formally put together a PAC (political action committee) for a rumored run at the White House in 2020. According to The Hill online, Inslee would plan to make a final decision by April of next year.
In the meantime, he has spent a lot of time on the road as the chair of the DGA, or Democratic Governor's Association. During his time out front, the Association raised over $63 million dollars for Democratic political causes, including election funding for the mid-terms.
However, those 49 partial or full days on the road have put Inslee in the budget spotlight. According to numerous sources, he has overspent his travel budget by some $1.3 million dollars, which will be eventually paid by taxpayers. The overrun came from his Washington State Patrol security detail, which plans to ask for a $1.3 million dollar increase from legislators. The actual specific cost says the Seattle Times, was $400,000.
If Inslee does seek the White House, it is believed he will be heavily bankrolled by venture capitalist Tom Steyer, who funded his campaigns before and has poured millions of dollars into various environmental anti-petroleum initiatives all over the Western U.S.