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Who’s behind those “Return the Builder Bucks” signs?

Post by David Wickert on Oct. 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
October 29, 2008 3:18 pm

Everyone wants to know: who’s posting these signs? They appeared on local streets in the last few days.

They seem to be a reference to the Master Builders Association’s support of county executive candidate Pat McCarthy. Earlier this month fellow exec candidate Calvin Goings accused the MBA of trying to buy the executive’s office through independent spending on her behalf. According to its latest campaign report, the group (through the committee Better Pierce County) has spent more than $85,000 to support McCarthy.

Of course, McCarthy can’t "return" the independent expenditure bucks, which she didn’t receive. And McCarthy says the attacks against her are hypocritical in light of donations from the building industry her opponents have received.

Speculation about the signs has been rampant. They feature no attribution, like "paid for by …" The Shawn Bunney, Calvin Goings and Mike Lonergan camps deny any involvement. Anyone want to confess?

For the record, I checked with the Public Disclosure Commission. Signs that are smaller than 8 feet by 4 feet are not required to state who’s behind them.

Pierce County
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