Washington’s primary election was on August 5. Two days later, large checks started arriving in the campaign coffers of the House Democratic Campaign Committee also known as the HDCC. The biggest check of $80,000 came from Speaker of the House Frank Chopp. By the end of that day, the HDCC had received some $800,000 from its own members.
State Representative Sam Hunt said he saw that money and thought, "We [should] all get on a plane and go to Tahiti.”