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Times: Companies honor Dicks with $478,000 to charities

Post by David Wickert on Nov. 30, 2008 at 9:49 am |
November 30, 2008 9:49 am

What’s the newest way to curry favor with a congressman? Give to his favorite charity.

The Seattle Times today reports that Boeing, TriWest Healthcare Alliance and a host of corporations have contributed $478,000 to charities in the name of U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair.

Dicks isn’t the only Washington election official so honored. The Times reports that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, was honored with charitable contributions totaling $64,000. Democratic Sen. Patty Murray was honoree with contributions totaling $45,000.

"This is a new stealthy way to retain influence with favorite and most helpful lawmakers," Keith Ashdown of Taxpayers for Common Sense told the Times. "It shows you have similar interests as someone like Norm Dicks and that can be nothing but helpful to your long-term goals."

You can read the full Times report here.

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