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House next up for Moxie Media-inspired campaign finance bill

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 3, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
March 3, 2011 6:39 pm

The bill, approved earlier today in the Senate, now goes to the House, where a separate bill to crack down on PACs – HB 1732 – was introduced by Democratic Rep. Troy Kelley of Tacoma.

Kelley has been working with Pridemore and said he sees the two bills as similar. The House now is likely to make amendments to Pridemore’s bill rather than pass Kelley’s version, he said.

Kelley complains that he was attacked during several of his campaigns in mailers that he believed violated disclosure rules. But the PDC told him that even if he proved the violations, they would be considered a first offense because the group attacking him used different PAC names each election cycle.

Kelley said an anti-abortion committee also attacked him last year, but refused to give him a copy of the hit piece. His bill would require PACs to provide copies of their advertising upon request of the PDC.

The restrictions on PACs in Kelley’s bill and Sen. Craig Pridemore‘s bill, if they had been in place last year, would have put some constraints on Moxie Media. But they might not have prevented the consultant from shuffling money among PACs.

At most, Moxie would have had to find a different person to sponsor each PAC and convince 10 voters to donate $10 per PAC.

“It can be done, but it’s a lot more work,” Kelley said. “There are always going to be people trying to get around the law, but this is going to make it more difficult for them, more onerous.”

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