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.