Shift has been proud to put the spotlight on the (often unethical) investments that California hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer has made in Democrat politics in this state. Even the mainstream media started picking up the Steyer story during the legislative session.
Then in May, the Seattle Times reported that Steyer had met with Jay Inslee in the Governor’s mansion, with “most of the time spent on ‘pretty technical and wonky’ aspects of climate policy. They also discussed ‘the political challenges inherent in trying to address carbon pollution’.”
However, Inslee’s office said that “there was no specific political request or plan discussed” when asked specifically about whether the discussion included plans to attack Senators who oppose Inslee’s tax-raising agenda.
Now it turns out, according to the New York Times, Inslee was lying about that.
In a Monday story, reporter Coral Davenport writes that “Mr. Steyer’s strategy is to spend heavily this fall to help defeat sitting lawmakers who oppose Mr. Inslee’s agenda and pave the way for the governor to move his policies through next year”, and that “Mr. Inslee discussed the strategy over lunch at the governor’s mansion in May with Mr. Steyer.
In fact, Inslee makes no apologies for misleading the public about his partnership with Steyer: “Having a change in the State Senate would be a quantum shift in our ability to move forward,”, with Inslee defining “forward” as raising gas prices by perhaps more than $1 per gallon, and perhaps instituting a carbon tax.
Steyer has formed a new SuperPAC in the state, a move necessary because he told the Public Disclosure Commission last year that the political committee he used to pump more than a half million dollars into attack ads was going out of business – in hopes of avoiding a fine for not following Washington rules on campaign contributions.
This year it appears that Steyer has chosen, with Inslee’s blessing, the Washington Conservation Voters as the group that will help him launder his money. And the WCV is thrilled to be the front group, according to its national leader: “We’re working to give Jay the Legislature that he needs,” said Gene Karpinski, president of the national League of Conservation Voters. “The state senators are the obstacles.”
Keep in mind the liberals define “obstacles” as any legislator who opposes Inslee’s tax-raising ideas, and the extreme environmental agenda that has made him and Steyer fast friends.
The upshot of the Inslee-Steyer partnership: perhaps $1 million or more in attack ads against legislators in “half a dozen key seats that could tip the majority of the State Senate in favor of Mr. Inslee’s agenda”. If Steyer follows his usual dark-money approach, “his previous pattern indicates it will be hundreds of thousands of dollars for each candidate.”
In addition to watching the attacks unfold, it will be interesting to see if the media will be able to get Inslee to tell the truth about his role in all the attacks.
Clay Burruss says
Following in Christine Gargoyls’s footsteps
Robin Hood says
Saw a lotta conjecture, reported as facts…. Poor reporting, I say.
I guess we’ll know in a couple of months, Robin. Now if Steyer’s last name had been Koch, that would be headline news. Between Steyer manipulating the Senate elections and Bloomberg playing thd gun control card, it’ll be pretty bland political reporting this fall.
Andrew Wood says
His name isn’t Robin, it’s Pat M. Costello. A huge tub of lard senior citizen who spends a majority of his life whining on Shift, and then “likes” his own whining.
Robin Hood says
Another post by my brown nose, penis breath, stalker guy…
Wood family motto – “Dumb as a shiny doorknob…..OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH shiny !”
Imagine the childish hypocrisy/stupidity of cAndy No Wood “man”. Guess,
cons are not bound by ethics, morals, or any sort of code of conduct.
You are the most childish, vile person I have seen on these blogs. What a
loser…What’s actually funny is your room-temperature I.Q. It’s
obvious she spends a large amount of her time on here whining because of
a sad… little…..loser…. life.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH ! Just write you’re a MORON, save time…
Let me compliment you on your decision to get drunk and play with your
computer, instead of getting in your POS econo-bug. You’ve made a fool
of yourself and Republicans, but at least you didn’t kill anybody! For
that, I salute you. (Middle FINGER, of course!)
“Tub of lards” and “senior citizens” come in all political persuasions. Are these conditions relevant to the discussion or do they just reflect your own personal prejudice?
Andrew Wood says
Personal prejudice. I hate whining tubs of lard.
Beverly Rommel says
Jay Inslee sickens me!!
Robin Hood says
Stupid sickens me… Like your post.