The fallout continues for David Meinert four days after KUOW published allegations of sexual misconduct including rape against the Seattle businessman.
Gov. Jay Inslee's campaign spokesman, Jamal Raad, told me today that the governor plans on donating the $1,500 that he received from Meinert to Planned Parenthood.
"We will be giving the donations to Planned Parenthood," Raad said in an e-mail.
Meinert donated to $1,000 to Inslee's campaign in 2013 and then gave another $500 in 2016.
Meinert, who co-owns Seattle restaurants including The Comet, Lost Lake, and The Five Point Cafe, has been active in local politics since the 1990s. When The Seattle Times profiled Meinert in 2010 their headline described him as "a nightlife entrepreneur and a political player." As of Monday afternoon, The Times has not written about the allegations against the 52-year-old.
Meinert has donated over $36,000 to political campaigns, according to the state's Public Disclosure Commission. King County Executive Dow Constantine was the single biggest recipient of Meinert's cash, receiving $5,161.46. Constantine told The Stranger on Friday that he would return the money.
“After reading the KUOW story, I am directing my campaign staff to return or donate contributions," Constantine said in the e-mailed statement.