Vice President Kamala Harris will be back in the Pacific Northwest next week to discuss Bidenomics and the success of the Inflation Reduction Act, as well as raise money for the Biden-Harris 2024 campaign, the White House confirmed today.
“On Tuesday, August 15, Vice President Kamala Harris will return to Seattle, Washington to deliver remarks ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act being signed into law,” the administration announced.
“Joined by Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, the Vice President will highlight the monumental impact that this historic legislation is having on communities throughout America and discuss the Biden-Harris administration’s continued commitment to addressing the climate crisis with the urgency it demands while building a clean energy economy that creates good-paying jobs.”
“Last year, Vice President Harris fought alongside President Biden to pass the largest climate investment in the country’s history and advance environmental justice while cutting energy bills for working families and creating good-paying jobs in wind, solar, and electric vehicle manufacturing.”
“The Vice President personally cast the tie-breaking vote to pass this legislation through the U.S. Senate. The Inflation Reduction Act has also lowered prescription drug prices for seniors, capped the cost of insulin at $35 a month for those on Medicare, and reduced health insurance premiums for 13 million people across the nation. The Inflation Reduction Act is Bidenomics in action.”
“Tuesday’s celebration of the Inflation Reduction Act will be Vice President Harris’ second visit to Seattle since taking office,” the statement noted.
“In October of last year, she was in town to announce new funding for electric school buses while touting the impacts of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.”
Harris’ visit will also include a fundraiser for the Biden Victory Fund at which she is slated to deliver remarks. (Such events are known in White House parlance as campaign receptions). This will be held at a time to be announced and at a location that NPI will not disclose for security reasons. The minimum contribution to enter is $5,000; participation in the reception photo line starts at $10,000.
The Victory Fund is “a joint fundraising committee authorized by Biden for President, the Democratic National Committee and the State Democratic Parties in these states: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, and WY.”
(If you’re wondering if there are any state parties not listed in the paragraph above, the answer is no: all fifty states are listed, along with the District of Columbia, for a total of fifty-one state party organizations.)
The Fund is legally allowed to accept financial gifts of “up to $929,600 from a person and $415,000 from a multicandidate committee.”
“The first $6,600/$10,000 from a person/PAC will be allocated to Biden for President, with the first $3,300/$5,000 designated for the primary and the next $3,300/$5,000 for the general election,” the reception’s disclosure explains.
“The next $41,300/$15,000 from a person/PAC will be allocated to the DNC [Democratic National Committee]. The next $510,000/$255,000 from a person/PAC will be split equally among the Democratic state parties from: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, and WY. Any additional funds will be allocated to the DNC, subject to applicable contribution limits.”
Washington State voted overwhelmingly for the Biden-Harris ticket in the 2020 presidential election and has supported the Democratic nominee every cycle going back to the 1980s. While Washington isn’t a battleground state, it is one of the most affluent in the country, home to many millionaires and billionaires, and is thus an important stop on the quadrennial campaign fundraising circuit.