The Republicans got some media attention yesterday after they notified the press that they’d received a letter from the Public Disclosure Commission acknowledging a GOP complaint against Gov. Chris Gregoire’s campaign.
The Republican complaint, filed last Wednesday, October 22 alleges that Gregoire got illegal donations worth $12,000 from out-of-state PACs. Candidates are only allowed to get money from out-of-state PACs if a certain amount of the PAC’s donation was raised from in-state contributors. (It turns out Gregoire had already returned all the money—including a batch before the GOP even filed its complaint.)
The news that the Republicans received a letter from the PDC acknowledging the GOP complaint just a week after they filed was heartening to GOP chair Luke Esser. His press release said:
“We have urged the PDC to expedite their investigation in the same way that Judge Kallas expedited the deposition of Dino Rossi, even though it caused him to cancel multiple campaign appearances less than a week before Election Day,’” WSRP Chairman Luke Esser said. “There shouldn’t be a double-standard that allows the Gregoire investigation to be slow-tracked by the PDC until after the election. The people of the state deserve to know the truth about these serious charges before they vote on Tuesday.”
(Hey, shout out to you for keeping those press releases coming my way, Luke Esser. You’re a good egg and a conscientious Chairman. You might wanna nudge your colleague Mary Lane Strow. She got all bent out of shape when I came to the Rossi press conference on Wednesday afternoon and had me escorted out.)
I wonder, though, if Esser thinks the people of the state “deserve to know the truth” about the millions of dollars in controversial loans and/or contributions that Media Plus, a local GOP media firm, gave to Dino Rossi, Rob McKenna, and Douglas Sutherland’s campaigns. Should the investigation into that money (millions as opposed to $12,000)—which is the issue of a complaint filed by the Democrats last Thursday—be slow-tracked? Should the people know the truth before they vote next Tuesday?
Democrats are nervous that the complaint is, in fact, on the slow track and people wont know the truth. It’s been a week since they filed and they have not received their letter from the PDC.
PDC spokeswoman, Lori Anderson, says the Democrats’ complaint has been assigned to a staffer. She could not say, however, if the Democrats’ complaint would be investigated prior to election day. It should be.
Media Plus has gotten $768,991 worth of ad time for McKenna, $318,610 for Sutherland, and $6.5 million for Rossi according to the PDC reports.