Last week, public radio reporter Austin Jenkins blew the cover off the rich liberal Seattle crowd that has been secretly funding the Democrat campaign attack machine since 2006. And while Jenkins’ investigative report was thorough and straightforward, you could tell from the stories he was told by the professional leftists named in his piece that they weren’t really excited to tell the public the truth about their activities.
So they didn’t – tell the truth that is.
So, as a public service to Washington voters who want to know what Paul Harvey would have called “the rest of the story”, SHIFT is providing a little fact-checking this week on some of the claims in that story.
Perhaps the biggest whooper told to Jenkins appeared at the end, when longtime lefty activist Dana Laurent claimed that her Win/Win Network was “definitely not a wing of the Democrat Party.”
However, that is not exactly what she is telling Party leaders in her race for State Democrat Chair this year. In her race to replace Dwight Pelz, Laurent boasts that all of her work for Win/Win (and before that Planned Parenthood) has been for the greater good of the Democrats. She even goes so far as to claim:
“As Win/Win’s chief officer, Dana currently directs a statewide grassroots organization analogous to the scope and mission of the State Democratic Party.”
No, that certainly doesn’t sound like a wing of the Democrat Party at all, Ms. Laurent. Nor does this claim make it sound like your current organization and the Democrats get along at all:
“Win/Win is the strategic hub for over fifty different organizations in the progressive community and is the backbone for collaborative voter engagement and political action in Washington—representing labor, the environment, women’s health and rights, LGBT rights…”
You have to hand it to Ms. Laurent – given her willingness to lie so blatantly to a reporter, when her own campaign website says the exact opposite of what she told him, she certainly demonstrated one of the key qualities that the State Democrats look for in a leader.