Here’s the video link to Keven Rojecki‘s $15,000 TV ad spot.
As we’ve reported here and here, the big money ad is an independent expenditure made to Rojecki’s campaign funded by state and local firefighters unions, the Sheet Metal Union Local 66 and SEIU Local 775.
Rojecki’s opponent, Victoria Woodards, and some of her supporters, have questioned why out-of-city sources have funneled big bucks into Rojecki’s campaign. Records show that by far the bulk of Rojecki’s money has come from outside of Tacoma, particularly from firefighters’ unions, PACs and employees across the state. Rojecki has said the donations are from friends and peers who believe in his leadership, with no other motivation.
Cody Arledge, the legislative director for Sheet Metal Union Local 66, said today that much of the $15,000 that funded the TV spot actually came from Tacoma-based contributors. Tacoma Firefighters Union Local 31 contributed funding, and Arledge noted that Tacoma firefighters are the second biggest membership group of the Washington State Council of Firefighters, which also funded to the ad buy.
As for Arledge’s union, workers in Pierce County make up the second biggest contingent, he said.
“As far as this $15,000 donation goes, I don’t think you could say the majority of it is `out-of-Tacoma’ money,” Arledge said.