Because of failing to adhere to state disclosure laws, Citizens for Liberty and Labor had its ads pulled from Spokane television.
Following ShiftWA’s call for Spokane television stations to remove ads that failed to adhere to state disclosure laws, campaign spots were pulled from the airwaves. On Tuesday, Citizens for Liberty and Labor were informed that its ads attacking mayoral candidate Nadine Woodward (and supporting Ben Stuckart) failed to follow Public Disclosure Commission rules governing the disclosure of contributors. The group (financed by wealthy liberal Seattle groups and government employee unions) was forced to take down the ad and re-produce new spots to meet state campaign laws. (ShiftWA)
Happening in Olympia
Due to California’s recent legislation and bills pending in Washington and other states, the NCAA has started the process to allow college athletes to financially “benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness.” The NCAA plans to have the new system in effect by January 2021. (MyNorthwest)
Governor Jay Inslee proclaims in a tweet that banning fracking makes Washington “a progressive leader in the nation.” Inslee fails to mention there was already no natural gas production in Washington state before the ban was passed. (Twitter)
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson appears to be making false claims to entice people to donate to his campaign. In a recent fundraising email, Ferguson proclaimed (without attribution), “We’ve heard that some of these corporate contributions (to the Republican Attorney General Association) have even been made specifically on the condition that the money be spent to unseat me.” Given the choice between making a fundraising appeal based on his record versus making up false claims, Bob Ferguson and his team chose the latter. (Ferguson Fundraising email)
Not to be outdone by its neighbors to the north, Pierce County mailed duplicate ballots to approximately 350 voters. County officials say they have developed a procedure to ensure none of these individuals cast more than one ballot in next week’s elections. It is believed the duplication problem is due to obtaining information from the Washington Department of Licensing. (News Tribune)
In Camas a hotly debated election issue is Proposition 2 on whether to build a $78 million pool and recreation center. It is estimated that the elaborate facility will cost an owner of a $480,000 home approximately $475 a year in property taxes. (KOIN)
People are using fake accounts to register noise complaints against Paine Field, including one impersonating the airport director. The airport started commercial flights last March servicing Alaska Air and United Airlines from its two-terminal facility. Over 2700 complaints were filed in one month recently compared to just 50 the previous year. Yet due to the many phony accounts it is difficult to determine how many of the complaints are legitimate. (Everett Herald)
Responding to a formal Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) complaint, Spokane Firefighter PAC explained the mysterious arrival of $67,000 into its account this spring was the result of a bookkeeping failure. (ShiftWA previously covered this complaint.) The PAC’s accountant claimed the money had been in its account since last year, but he failed to carry it over to its 2019 PDC reports. The accountant did not explain why the PAC never reported this error to the PDC as is required by state law. (Inlander and ShiftWA)
Republicans force Governor Inslee to hold hearing in the Tri-Cities over his dam study. Initially on Tuesday morning the Governor wanted to avoid hearing from the largest population center nearest the Snake River dams by only holding workshops in Vancouver and Clarkston. But by the afternoon pressure from both congressional and legislative Republicans forced his office to schedule a third workshop in the Tri-Cities. Despite this minor victory, many are concerned that the $750,000 study’s results have been pre-determined by the Governor’s political views and not by science. (Tri-City Herald)
Mayor of Kennewick said he was fired from his “day job” at the state Department of Social and Human Services (DSHS) for using his own money to buy goods and services for his clients. Don Britain admitted this was a violation of DSHS policy and that he should have notified his supervisor. Britain also stated there is very low morale within the department and that there is “poor leadership at the state level.” (YakTriNews)
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