It often takes an outsider to shine a spotlight on corruption. And, until open government activist Glen Morgan started to expose the Democrat hypocrisy when it comes to following campaign finance laws, the liberals in the majority could do pretty much whatever they wanted in Washington and get away with it.
For years Democrats ignored, or conveniently forgot at times, the Washington State campaign finance laws regulated by the Public Disclosure Commission (the government agency that oversees political money in our state). Since the agency head is an appointee selected by Democrat Governor Jay Inslee (and Democrat governors before him since 1985), you can pretty much assume when a complaint is filed (or a violation occurs), that the PDC will favor one side over the other. For years mostly Republicans, and not so many of the Democrats, felt the wrath of the commission.
The Democrats learned to weaponize the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) in the early 2000’s, to smear their opponents (while ignoring the shady activities of their fellow Democrats and union friends) and have them fined for the most trivial offenses (filing late reports, typos on forms), while doing far worse themselves. Whenever a Democrat was caught doing something wrong, it usually resulted in a pathetically small fine or a slap on the wrist. When a Republican did something wrong, larger fines and calls for resignations typically followed.
The most recent Democrat to get a slap on the wrist was Democrat State Senator Claire Wilson, who was fined a whole $100 by the state Executive Ethics Board (another state agency overseeing politicians) for using government resources to lobby on behalf of a national political action committee. Compare that to the fine the Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman received for filing some paperwork late ($3,950, plus $2,400 in attorney’s fees).
And this is not the first time Sen. Wilson has got into trouble for using public resources for her personal political priorities. Back in 2019, Wilson was caught planning to use taxpayer-funded state facilities to run a campaign school for Democrat candidates. Wilson quickly cancelled the facility reservation when she realized she had been exposed.
It seems Sen. Wilson just can’t stop herself from using taxpayer dollars (or corporate donations, which she had previously said she wouldn’t take) to fund her political agenda.
What ever it takes to win, eh Sen. Wilson?
Morgan’s efforts exposing the Democrat double standards began when he was basically told in 2016 by the Democrats that he didn’t understand campaign law, and that he should just shut up. Not wanting to stay silent about the one-sided complaints against Republicans, Morgan decided to do something about it. The result was over 625 complaints against Democrats for campaign law violations, resulting in 74 lawsuits. You can read the list of the Democrats who broke the law here, and see how much money was spent by the Democrats in fines and penalties for breaking the law.
Of course, once the table was turned and PDC laws were being applied to Democrats, suddenly there were calls to reform the antiquated campaign laws, including campaign finance reform. The Democrats, to avoid further embarrassment and to cover up their campaign violations, have added taxpayer public financing as one of their campaigns priorities, so Washington taxpayers can fund Democrats who run for office. Their ideas are copied from the loony left-wing Seattle policy, a taxpayer-funded campaign scheme that benefits the most extreme candidates, with little accountability for the public dollars.
It’s obvious that Democrats believe the rules apply to everyone else, but them. It’s only when they are exposed that they offer a mea culpa. That is, of course, until they think they can get away with it again.