Updated: Jun 30
For Immediate Release
April 7, 2022
Tiffany Smiley Smashes First Quarter Fundraising Goal, Raises $1.65 Million
Janet True & Brian Vowinkel Named Finance Committee Co-Chairs
PASCO, WA – Veterans advocate Tiffany Smiley (R-WA) announced that her campaign for U.S. Senate raised an eye-popping $1.65 million from nearly 24,000 individual contributions during the first quarter of 2022, now holding more than $2.45 million cash on hand. This fundraising achievement marked the largest single fundraising quarter of Smiley’s campaign, $725,000 more than even her strong fourth quarter fundraising haul.
Tiffany Smiley said: “I am humbled by the outpouring of support our campaign received. From homelessness to violent crime and skyrocketing inflation, the frustration with the other Washington is palpable and Washington State voters want to know why Senator Murray continues to be M.I.A. Our hopeful message of providing common sense solutions is resonating with voters, and because of their help we will have the resources to take on and defeat career politician Patty Murray this November.”
Building off her fundraising success, Smiley also announced the formation of her campaign’s Finance Committee, which will be co-chaired by prominent Washington business and philanthropic leaders Janet True and Brian Vowinkel. Mrs. True and Mr. Vowinkel will lead the Smiley for Washington finance effort to harness and maximize the campaign’s growing fundraising support.
On joining the Smiley for Washington campaign, Jane True said: “Tiffany Smiley is a dynamic leader, business woman, advocate and caregiver. She will never give up, and will always be a representative of and for the people of Washington!”
Mrs. True has thirty years of non-profit service, focusing primarily in the areas of health, special-needs children and the arts. She got her start in Washington D.C. where she worked for the American Enterprise Institute before moving on to positions on the Hill in both the House and Senate. She later relocated to Washington state where she worked with the legislature and served as the campaign manager for a King County Assessor’s race before transitioning to the nonprofit world. She and her husband, Doug, reside in the Seattle area and devote their time on their many philanthropic projects.
On joining the Finance Committee, Brian Vowinkel said he was “honored to help change the direction of both Washingtons,” adding “I am so impressed with Tiffany's courage and tenacity. She already went to the Capitol as an outsider and achieved a major bipartisan reform for Veteran care. I know she can achieve more bipartisan improvements as an elected Senator, with a fresh perspective and new energy representing Washingtonians.”
Mr. Vowinkel is a partner at an investment firm in King County. Brian has led people and managed resources in postings around the world as a business leader and as an Army officer. He is a West Point graduate and Harvard MBA who has helped start several private companies in Washington as well as launched new regional offices in the state for public companies. He has volunteered across communities during his 25 years in our state, donating his time and money to the Special Olympics at Joint Base Lewis McChord, City Year Seattle, the Boy Scouts, Girls Soccer, Kindering Center, Swedish Hospital, and Social Venture Partners, plus served on numerous non-profit boards.
Tiffany Smiley continued: “I am so excited to have the years of combined talent and experience represented in Janet and Brian joining Team Smiley. This year will be a historicdurin grm for Republicans, and we will be part of that history when we flip Washington in November. However, for this to happen we need the support of outstanding individuals like these two to help us retire Patty Murray. Brian and Janet, welcome to the team!”