Jewell a steady donor to politicians and PACs

This story was updated at 12:53 p.m. EST Feb. 7 to reflect additional contributions Sally Jewell made under the name Sarah Jewell.

President Obama's anticipated nominee for secretary of the Interior, Recreational Equipment Inc. Chief Executive Sally Jewell, is a political novice, but she has experience where it often counts in Washington, D.C.: opening her wallet with more than $58,000 in campaign donations.

According to Federal Election Commission records, since 2004 Jewell's donations have largely benefited Democratic candidates and business-related political action committees, although she has also given money to two Republicans.

Nearly half of Jewell's donations have benefited the Outdoor Industry Association PAC and the Retail Industry Leaders Association PAC, totaling $18,000 since late 2007.

Among her other major contributions, Jewell, a mechanical engineer living in Washington state whose career began with Mobil Oil Corp. in southern Oklahoma, has given a combined $5,300 to then-congressman and now-Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's (D) congressional campaigns.


Jewell has also given more than $6,000 to Sen. Patty Murray's (D-Wash.) election bids since 2008, and her husband, Warren Jewell, reported a $1,000 donation to the senator in the 2012 election cycle.

In 2008, Jewell contributed $2,300 to Obama's election bid, and in 2012 she gave $10,000 to his campaign on one day with a $5,000 gift to the Obama Victory Fund and two $2,500 donations to Obama for America. She gave the 2012 donations under the name Sarah Jewell; Sarah is her given first name.

Jewell has served as a spokeswoman for Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative, introducing the president at a 2011 White House event.

In the 2012 cycle, Jewell contributed to three individual campaigns in her home state: $1,000 to Sen. Maria Cantwell's (D) re-election bid; $1,000 to freshman Rep. Derek Kilmer (D); and $750 to Rep. David Reichert (R), whom she also supported in 2010 with a $250 donation.

She also gave $900 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which Murray chaired last cycle; and $1,500 to Women on the Road to the Senate: 12 and Counting, a joint fundraising committee that supported female Democratic Senate candidates in 2012.

In previous cycles, Jewell has supported a host of other Washington candidates, including then-Rep. Norm Dicks (D) with a combined $1,500; freshman Rep. Denny Heck (D) with a combined $750; failed Democratic congressional candidate Darcy Burner with $1,000; then-Rep. Brian Baird (D) with $500; and Cantwell with $1,000.

Jewell has also backed a handful of out-of-state politicians: Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) with $1,000 in 2011; and Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R) with $500 in 2009 and Mark Begich (D) with $250 in 2008.

Warren Jewell gave $250 to Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) in 2010, $1,000 to the Democratic National Committee in 2004 and a combined $2,000 to then-Sen. John Kerry's (D-Mass.) 2004 presidential bid.

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