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Wednesday, August 9th, 2023

White House shares details of Vice President Kamala Harris’ August 15th trip to Seattle

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.”

NPI cov­ered that event and you can read about it here.

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.

In June, NPI’s research found that the Biden-Har­ris cam­paign is on track to car­ry Wash­ing­ton again next year against either Don­ald Trump or Ron DeSan­tis.

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