Senate Republicans, who speculated Thursday that Democrats would want to delay a special session so they could raise campaign funds, have themselves scheduled a fundraiser for Monday morning.
An email floating around political circles shows a fundraiser set from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Monday, April 29. The headline reads “Post sine-Die Fundraiser!” It lists the phone number and email for Brent Ludeman, the executive director of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee.
Members of the GOP-led caucus on Thursday suggested that if Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee delayed scheduling a special session, it would be for political purposes.
“We believe we should go immediately into special session,” said Benton. “If the governor is not willing to call a special session on Monday because he is interested in politics rather than finishing our work then the legislature should call itself into special session.”
Benton suggested the governor call a special session starting at noon on Monday, which happens to be two hours after the GOP fundraiser ends.
Benton on Friday said he only suggested noon because “working all weekend people might not want to be here at 9 in the morning.” If the governor starts a session the first thing Monday morning the fundraiser would be canceled, he said.
Caucus campaign committees are allowed to raise money during legislative sessions, according the state Public Disclosure Commission. The money raised is segregated so that it is not spent on any candidate who is subject to the freeze.