Dave Reichert: On Borrowed Time

Is Rep. Dave Reichert’s campaign taking a play out of Mike McGavick’s sneaky campaign playbook?

In the 2006 election, I reported that GOP Senate candidate Mike McGavick broke FEC rules by getting an in-kind contribution from KIRO TV without reporting it on his campaign finance filings. The station had lent him TV ad time.

Reported on his FEC filings or not, the move was also seen as unorthodox in its own right. TV stations don’t typically lend ad time to political candidates. It looks like favoritism from the supposedly unbiased media and really, campaign’s aren’t the most reliable debtors. 

It appears as if GOP Congressional candidate, U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, is making the same questionable move this year. He’s not necessarily breaking FEC rules—his most recent financial reports don’t have to cover this week’s ad blitz—but he does appear to have taken the rare move of borrowing TV time. 

KOMO’s ad books show that Reichert has gotten $180,000 worth in extended credit for ad time from KOMO for this week. 

More traditionally, Reichert has already paid up-front for about $450,000 in ad time at KING and Q-13 for this week. 

Reichert’s last FEC report thru September 30, showed he had $1.1 million cash on hand. 

I will post a more in-depth report on this tomorrow.


  1. 1

    Mark1 spews:

    Ditzy, I mean Darcy Burnout is toast. That’s reality. Maybe she can buy another stupid t-shirt if she has any campaign money left, or perhaps install a state-of-the-art surveillance and security system at her new home to keep Goldy and his lil’ pud away.

  2. 2


    Horses Ass. Countdown to obsolescence.

    This intolerant, left-wing hate blog better hope at least Reichert, Rossi, or McCain has a win, otherwise this blog is done. Over. It will be no more. That is a fact. This blog will be over with if Obama, Burner, and Gregoire wins.

  3. 7

    Jack spews:

    there is not way Darcy is going to DC – sorry to the avid supporters

    no oompah at all

    no political experience to speak of – the Palin problem – bu much worse – might we say

    Dave sounds good on the air, direct to the point

    all that money, what a waste

  4. 8

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @1 Man I’m gonna enjoy seeing you eat shit on Nov. 5. Darcy hugs rabbits! You’re a shit eater with a bad case of halitosis.

  5. 9

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @2 “This blog will be over with if Obama, Burner, and Gregoire wins.”

    Does this mean if Democrats run the table — as now appears likely — you trolls will disappear and we won’t have anything to do?

    I can live with that result. It’ll be hard but I’ll do it.

  6. 11

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The trolls screeching on this blog sound like the collapsing bulkheads of a torpedoed ship going under for the long dive.

  7. 12

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Two weeks before the election, the electoral vote map is solidifying, and we’re looking at Obama with a victory margin of 180 to 200 EVs. I thought it would be closer than this, but McCain has run one of the worst campaigns in history. We’re also on the cusp of a 59 to 61 seat Senate majority. We Democrats are gonna be living in Clover City come January! Eat shit, wingnuts!

  8. 15

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @14 You’re not “America.” You’re a pathetic little man jerking off in the john.

  9. 16


    There is no question Obama is going to win. I’m spreading the word in as many places as I can, that if you’re a Democrat, there’s no sense in voting, because he’s a shoe-in. Stay home. It’s a lock!

  10. 17

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    By The Numbers

    CBS Poll: Obama 54%, McCain 41%, 13-point spread
    Florida: 573,000 more Democratic than Republican registrations

  11. 19

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Indiana is in play, and if Obama wins Indiana, his victory margin could reach 200 electoral votes.

  12. 20

    Lily spews:

    When republics ruled congress with Bush in the White House, did Faux Newz disappear? Unfortunately, no.

    Neither will HorsesAss or any other liberal blog when many more Dems are in office next January. Eat it trolls!

  13. 21



    Roger, since it appears that your deepest desire is within reach, how about elucidating precisely what Democratic “success” means? Oh, and how long will it take to accomplish? Conversely, how would you judge Democratic failure, and how long before you would agree that it was such?

  14. 22

    Don Joe spews:

    A bit off topic, but one of our resident wingnuts, “delbert” I believe, posted a comment that quoted a press release put out by the Republican Party of New Mexico. The press release claimed that they had evidence of actual vote fraud, not voter registration fraud, but fraudulent votes.

    Well, turns out there was, indeed, some fraud down in New Mexico–perpetrated by the Republican Party of New Mexico. That’s right. We have fraudulent claims about voter fraud.

    Hey, delbert! How do you keep an idiot in suspense?

  15. 24

    Daddy Love spews:

    Media Matters:

    in 2008, U.S. workers who are not self-employed are required to pay 6.2 percent of all of their wages up to a cap of $102,000 and 1.45 percent of their wages for Medicare under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA). Self-employed individuals are required to pay 12.4 percent of their wages up to the cap for Social Security and 2.9 percent of their wages for Medicare. Additionally, people in the United States are required to pay federal excise taxes. For instance, everyone who buys gasoline in the United States pays 18.4 cents per gallon of gasoline in federal excise taxes.

    The Congressional Budget Office’s most recent calculation of the effective federal tax rate, which is calculated by combining the effective tax rates of the four largest sources of federal revenues, found that, in 2005, households in the lowest quintile of income earners pay an average effective federal tax rate of 4.3 percent. The second lowest quintile paid an average effective federal tax rate of 9.9 percent.

    Don’t tell me these people don’t pay taxes!

  16. 25

    Steve spews:

    @23 Yeah, black people are going to sneak into your home in the dead of night and slit your throat. Sleep well.

  17. 26

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    New CBS Poll Shows Dropping Support For McCain – Palin

    “(CBS) The standing of the Democratic presidential ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden improved during the last few weeks …, a new CBS News/New York Times poll shows.

    ” … [B]efore the first presidential debate, the Obama-Biden ticket held a five point edge, with 48 percent of likely voters backing the Democratic ticket and 43 percent supporting the Republican ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin. Those … voters were re-interviewed for the new poll, and … the Democratic ticket has made gains since the initial survey: The Obama-Biden ticket now holds a 13-point edge, 54 percent to 41 percent ….

    “Nearly all of the voters who supported Obama in the initial poll in September – 98 percent – still do.

    “The Republican ticket has retained 88 percent of its support.

    “Among formerly undecided voters, fifty-two percent now say they favor Obama, while 36 percent support McCain. Twelve percent remain undecided.

    “Independents now support the Democratic ticket 50 percent to 43 percent. In September, this group backed the Mccain-Palin ticket, 46 percent to 40 percent.

    “Self-described moderates … favor the Obama-Biden ticket … 66 percent to 30 percent.

    ” … [F]avorable opinions of Obama have improved … to 53 percent. His unfavorably rating …, at 33 percent, … is 20 points below his favorable rating.

    “McCain, by contrast, has seen his unfavorable rating rise … to 45 percent … nine points higher than his favorable rating, which has held steady at 36 percent.

    “Twenty-one percent say their opinion of Obama has improved since the initial survey, while 14 percent say it has gotten worse. For McCain, the numbers are nearly reversed: Just 12 percent say their opinion of the candidate has improved while 23 percent say it has gotten worse. … [T]he most cited reason is Obama’s performance in the debates … [and McCain’s] attacks on Obama. …

    “Sixty-five percent say the Democratic nominee is spending more time explaining what he would do as president than attacking his opponent.

    “Sixty-nine percent … say McCain is spending more time attacking Obama than explaining what he would do. …

    “While 67 percent of Obama supporters are enthusiastic about their candidate, just 31 percent of McCain supporters are enthusiastic about theirs ….

    “The trends have been similar among the vice presidential candidates. Biden’s favorable rating has risen 14 points … [h]is unfavorable rating is just 14 percent. Palin … has seen her unfavorable rating rise 12 points … [h]er favorable rating has fallen … to 30 percent. …

    “Though McCain has been showcasing ‘Joe The Plumber’ in an effort to tie Obama to increased taxes, … more of these voters believe McCain would raise their taxes (53 percent) than believe Obama would (51 percent).

    “Nearly 3 in 4 voters believe Obama cares more about protecting ordinary people than large corporations.

    “Fifty-nine percent believe McCain cares more about protecting large corporations. …

    “Just nine percent of those surveyed say they are ‘very confident’ that McCain would make the right decisions on the economy, down seven points …. Half of those surveyed are not confident McCain would make the right decisions. …

    “Sixty percent say McCain would continue the policies of the unpopular Republican president, George W. Bush. …

    “Obama continues to have the advantage on empathy: Seventy percent say he understands their needs and problems ….”

    (Quoted from CBS News under fair use.)

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: You know what I saw on CBS News tonight? “Rednecks for Obama.” That’s right, guys who work in auto plants, drive pickups with gun racks and American flag decals, and ride Harleys are voting for Obama.

    After McCain loses this election, which he will, you’ll see the trolls blaming his defeat on the media, ACORN, and poor people buying homes. They just don’t get it.

    Obama is going to win for all of the following reasons:

    1. The endless failures and embarassments of the Bush regime;
    2. McCain’s boast that he voted with Bush over 90% of the time;
    3. Obama has run a well organized campaign with a positive message of change and hope, while McCain has run a disjointed, angry, negative campaign;
    4. The shrill and angry tone of McCain supporters is driving away moderate voters;
    5. The tanking economy has people scared about keeping their jobs, homes, and retirement savings;
    6. People are fed up with Republican lies and corruption;
    7. Obama performed better in the debates, while McCain often seems confused and lost at sea;
    8. Obama promises to help the middle class, while McCain promises to cut taxes again for corporations and rich people;
    9. Obama inspires confidence, while McCain looks volatile and ill-tempered;
    10. People are just plain fed up with Republicans, period.

    Under the circumstances it’s amazing McCain is polling over 35% and is ahead in any states at all.

  18. 27

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @17 I think Obama will have a “100 days” like JFK’s in which he and large Democratic congressional majorities will pass health care reform, an alternative energy initiative, middle class tax cuts, re-regulation of the financial industry to prevent another banking meltdown, revitalized labor laws, bankruptcy reform, and maybe even shareholder rights legislation. They also may tweak existing trade agreements but I don’t expect to see a reversal or major retreat from the open-trade policies embarked upon in the 1990s.

    I don’t think strengthening Social Security and Medicare will get done in 100 days or even necessarily the first 2 years, simply because the issue is so complex, but this will get addressed in a way that’s fair to workers and retirees.

    In the international sphere, he will re-establish alliances and friendships that Bush ruptured, rebuild our diplomatic competency, and improve America’s standing in the world. The latter task will be made easier by the enormous personal popularity he already enjoys abroad.

    Of course, Obama will clean out the Bush appointees from federal agencies, and we should see better-run federal programs across the board, from emergency management to reducing the number of runway incidents and midair near-misses in the air traffic corridors.

    I don’t think Obama will order a precipitate pullout from Iraq. He has been working closely with the nation’s top generals and will listen to their counsel. On the other hand, I believe he will quickly respond to the military’s pleas — to which Bush has been deaf — for a troop buildup in Afghanistan. And he will let U.S. forces pursue Taliban and al Qaeda militants into their Pakistani frontier area sanctuaries.

    I don’t expect Obama to cut military spending. I think he will increase manpower levels and support force modernization. We won’t have any body armor fiascos on his watch.

    The economy will get worse before it gets better, and this could lead to weaker Democratic majorities after the 2010 midterms. So, I think we’ll see a slowdown in passage of legislative initiatives in the second half of his first term. Whatever doesn’t get passed in the next 2 years may not get passed at all, so he needs to front-load his legislative agenda into the early months of his presidency. Then, I think you’ll see him shift more of his attention to global problems.

    It’s likely he’ll appoint at least 1 Supreme Court Justice in his first term, and this will be someone who is a strong supporter of individual civil liberties and the Bill of Rights. In appointing federal judges, he will emphasize merit and seek people with excellent intellectual credentials and accomplished resumes.

    He won’t ask Ben Bernanke to step down as Fed chief. He may support some sort of short-term economic stimulus package. He won’t balance the budget in his first term, but he likely will strive to shrink the deficit from Bush levels. He will have to eat a painful recession and unemployment will be high early in his term but will gradually come down. Inflation will moderate but remain higher than 1990s levels because of continuing high levels of deficit spending.

    Overall, the first years of Obama’s presidency will be an exciting time of remaking America and its government for the 21st century while simultaneously grappling with the slew of pressing issues left over from the disastrous Bush presidency. I believe he will be up to the challenge, and we will emerge from the current multiple crises engulfing us as a more respected country, a militarily stronger country, and a more optimistic country with a stronger economy and a happier and revitalizing middle class.

  19. 28

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @22 “How do you keep an idiot in suspense?”

    Throw him into a large vat of Jell-O. If he floats to the surface, strap a diver’s weight belt around his waist and throw him back in again.

  20. 29

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @23 Crime has been dropping, and I expect it to drop some more as we gradually remove Republicans from the streets and transition them into controlled settings.

  21. 30

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Nostradamus Rabbit’s Predictions

    1. Sarah Palin will appoint herself to the U.S. Senate after Ted Stevens is convicted and resigns.

    2. John McCain will retire from the U.S. Senate in 2010 due to age and health.

    3. Darcy Burner will be re-elected in 2010.

    4. Dave Reichert will move to Idaho and write “true crime” books with Mark Fuhrman.

    5. Gov. Gregoire will set up a presidential exploratory committee in 2014, midway through her fourth gubernatorial term.

    6. Dino Rossi will sell his political franchise after 8 straight winless years and retire to Costa Rica.

    7. David Goldstein will become an Air America host and nationally syndicated online journalist.

    8. Mrs. Cynical will murder her husband, cut him up in the bathtub with a chainsaw, feed him to Puget Sound’s sand sharks, and get away with the crime.

    9. Roger Rabbit will become the father of 50,000 more offspring.

  22. 31

    zapporo spews:

    This is exactly why this blog has no voice.

    Dave Reichert is an honorable man and a much better candidate than Darcy Burner. I have yet to see a single indication of why I should vote for Darcy here, just more mudslinging at an obviously more qualified candidate.

    By all means, prove me wrong.

  23. 32

    Politically Incorrect spews:

    zapporo said:

    “Dave Reichert is an honorable man and a much better candidate than Darcy Burner.”

    Yeah, but on this blog it’s Darcy, Darcy, Darcy. Goldy’s kinda sweet on her, but there’s no future in it for him. After all, Darcy’s married and got a kid, for chrissake!

    Goldy and the rest of the usual suspects love her, though.

  24. 34

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @32 This is a liberal blog. We don’t promote Republican candidates here. Thought I’d let you know.

  25. 35

    Politically Incorrect spews:


    Yeah, I know what YOU think, rabbit. But you’re not the center of the fucking universe, nor is your ideology. You’re just an arrogant, fucking failed retired attorney with too much time on his hands.

    This is a liberal blog full of shit sponsored by guys like asshole at 34.

    Eat shit and die, butt-wipe!

  26. 36

    Politically Incorrect spews:

    Just to be fair, I don’t give a shit about Reichert or Burner. The Reps and Dems are the different sides of the same coin.

  27. 37

    Don Joe spews:

    @ 35


    This is a liberal blog full of shit sponsored by guys like asshole at 34.

    Eat shit and die, butt-wipe!

    There isn’t much one could do to make the author of those two sentences look more stupid than does their conjunction within the same comment.

  28. 38

    Daddy Love spews:

    37 DJ

    What do we do to “prove him wrong” now?

    I guess I’d say that this blog is not sponsored by “guys like” Roger Rabbit. In fact Goldy is nothing like Roger Rabbit, and this blog is “sponosred” by advertisements for Dino Rossi, as far as I can tell.

    However, Dave Reichert is a lazy, ineffective loser who has been living for years off of a false impression that he caught the Green River Killer single-handed. And Darcy Burner has driven the formulation of the best plan to get us out of Iraq I have read, and the plan that is probably the blueprint of how it will go down in President Obama’s administration.

    Hey, isn’t that proving him wrong twice?

  29. 39

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Your gal Gregoire is getting mighty desperate.
    Check out her “push-polling” technique:

    Gregoire Campaign Engaging in Push Polling

    Posted by: Tom Forbes | 10/20/2008 7:33 PM

    The Gregoire campaign is definitely getting desperate.

    I was called tonight by someone from “OTB” (I think that’s what it was called) conducting a push poll. A push poll is a political campaign technique in which an individual or organization attempts to influence or alter the view of respondents under the guise of conducting a poll. Push polls are generally viewed as a form of negative campaigning.

    For example, the person polling me started off with innocuous questions about the gubernatorial and presidential race (although I should have knoiwn something was up when the words “chnage we need” were used.)

    But suddenly, the tone changed drastically as the pollster asked me what I thought about the “Attorney General prosecuting illegal fundraising” and how Dino Rossi was “tainted” by being deposed in the case. How did I feel about Dino reducing police officers’ pensions? What about Dino benefitting from real estate deals and his connections with lobbyists? And of course, what did I think about Dino voting to lower the minimum wage and planning on reducing the minimum wage for “working families?” She earnestly assured me that this sounded biased, but it really wasn’t.

    After regurgitating every false accusation that has been leveled against Dino Rossi in this campaign, she asked me whether I would be more or less likely to vote for Gregoire or Rossi. And interestingly enough, she wanted to know my and my family’s union status.

    Yep, the Gregoire campaign is scared and hitting rock bottom with this campaign of dirty tricks, smears and lies brought right into your living room.”

    Obama is a LIAR
    Biden is an idiot and a LIAR
    Gregoire is desperate and a LIAR.

    That’s the LEFTIST WAY!!
    The end justifies ANY means!!

  30. 40

    zapporo spews:

    @33, @34 – You had your chance to tout Darcy Burner to the heavens, and yet nothing but silence. Someone later posted about a hightail it out of Iraq plan. No link provided though.

    So I went over to Darcy’s website and found exactly that – an exit Iraq-at-all-costs strategy that is diametrically opposed to the interests of the United States and flies in the face of the successful engagement strategy being carried out in Iraq today.

    Darcy Burner’s Iraq Surrender plan is thinly veiled political rhetoric that harms our national interests, sets back current progress in Iraq by years and will result in the deaths of more American servicemen and women.

    Don’t even go there.

  31. 41

    notaboomer spews:

    surrender to whom? who is the enemy, wingnuts? i say it’s the taxpayers at $10b a month. that would be you, me, and the children.

    thanks, goldy. i cannot wait for your updated report. reichert must go.

  32. 42

    zapporo spews:

    ted kazinski @41 – Why don’t you read her plan before going off like that? Everyone here wants us out of Iraq. Darcy’s plan won’t get us there.

    For that matter, it’s not even a plan, it’s thinly veiled political haranguing.

    Go to Reichert’s web site.
    You’ll find a better energy plan.
    You’ll find a more detailed education plan.
    You’ll find that Reichert voted AGAINST drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Go check out his environmental credentials.

    And that’s just the start. I don’t want to overdo it. Go see for yourself.

    Dave Reichert is simply the better candidate.

  33. 43

    notaboomer spews:

    if you vote for reichert, you don’t want us out of iraq. listen to the dood’s answers at the debates. look at his votes to fund. he voted for telecom immunity for spying. he voted for elimination of habeas corpus and torture in military commissions act. and yes, he voted to authorize drilling in anwr before he voted against it: http://projects.washingtonpost.....votes/669/

    reichert relies on shrub, mrs. shrub, turdblossom, and even the pathetic matt hasselbeck to raise money for his unamerican activities. and he lies. he is a modern republican.

  34. 47

    thor spews:

    Media + has been making these kinds of arrangements for Republican candidates for decades. In the past, it has effectively represented a campaign contribution by Media +, not the station.

    It would be interesting to calculate whether the contribution by Media + exceeds campaign contribution limits.

    This is the only federal race in this TV market this year, so it should not be too difficult for federal candidates to reserve time on the stations for the lowest cost. However, the heavy spending on the Governors race may be keeping the state’s TV stations afloat this year and squeezing time slots for the race in the 8th.

  35. 48

    John425 spews:

    She says she has plenty of campaign money in the bank but then says she had to loan her campaign $140K to buy ad time.

    And I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.