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ELECTION: McKenna’s PSAs got him valuable, taxpayer-funded exposure

Letter by Merry L. Rainey, Lakewood on July 16, 2012 at 9:49 am | 10 Comments »
July 16, 2012 9:49 am

In the last few years, Rob McKenna has made several public service announcements featuring himself, saying “Hi, I’m Washington State Attorney General, Rob McKenna, and residents of Washington state need to know . . .”

These PSAs obviously had an expiration date because they cannot be used if McKenna is not attorney general. There was no reason for McKenna to appear in these PSAs except to gain name and face recognition and exposure.

State disclosure law prohibits the use of these personalized PSAs after a certain date in an election year in which the candidate is running for public office. Therefore, these PSAs can never be used again because McKenna has chosen to run for governor.

This would be an appropriate time for  McKenna to reimburse the state and Washington’s taxpayers for the cost of making these expensive vanity broadcasting spots which can no longer be used for their ostensible purpose of public education.

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