A local power couple known for generous donations to Democratic candidates has reportedly given $5,000 to the gubernatorial campaign fund of Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna.

The Seattle Times reports Costco co-founder Jeff Brotman and his wife, philanthropist Susan Brotman had contributed more than $10,000 over the years to Gov. Chris Gregoire s campaigns, but none to her Republican opponent Dino Rossi.

The Brotmans also hosted Pres. Obama for a $17,000 per person fundraiser at their Medina home in February.

Jeff Brotman would not comment on why they are donating to McKenna, but the Times reporter Jim Brunner speculates it s because Brotman is a former president of the University of Washington Board of Regents. McKenna has campaigned for an increase to higher education funding.

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