Yesterday we started a review of Austin Jenkins report that exposed the liberals’ permanent campaign attack network in Washington State. Judging from some of the comments, the rich Seattle liberals like Nick Hanauer were not quite ready to come clean with the public about what they have been up to since 2006!
So instead, Hanauer made some stuff up.
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.
One of the laughable lies that came out of the story was from Hanauer, a Seattle venture capitalist and prominent liberal political donor. According to Jenkins “he was one of the early contributors to what became the Progress Alliance of Washington,” and said of their attack network “There’s nothing mysterious about this.”
His comment ignored the fact that the Progress Alliance of Washington, which he evidently is finally ready to talk about publically, does not disclose its donors or its board of directors, and hides its contributions to the attack network behind other groups with nice names to advance the goals of what Hanauer describes as“simply a group of people who share a vision about the kind of politics we want and the kind of state we want.”
The problem for Hanauer and his “group of people” is that these ultra-rich Seattle liberals have a different view of “what kind of state we want” than the majority of voters in this state – just look at one of Hanuaer’s big and very public priorities, a state income tax.
And that’s why they the Progress Alliance hides behind groups like the harmless-sounding Win/Win Network and Washington Bus – because once the voters find out what Nick’s “group of people” have in mind for them, they lose.