State Senate candidate Bruce Lachney said late Sunday in a statement that he is giving away any campaign donations from Yelm-based spirit-channeler JZ Knight to college scholarships. The move comes after state Democratic chairman Dwight Pelz announced Friday the party is donating $70,000 from Knight to the Anti-Defamation League and the pro-gay marriage referendum, with half going to each.
Comments Knight has made in videos about Catholics, gays and Mexicans prompted the moves after state and local Republicans began using videos to hammer Democratic candidates that received Knight’s campaign contributions. Lachney, an Eatonville Democrat challenging Sen. Randy Becker, R-Eatonville, in the 2nd Legislative District, put out a short statement:
Lachney’s statement did not specify the scholarship. Knight has donated $1,800 and her Ramtha School of Enlightenment has donated another $1,800.
Democrat Sandra Romero, who is running for re-election as Thurston County commissioner, said in this story she has not seen evidence Knight is bigoted, so she is not returning $3,600 in contributions from Knight and the school.
Knight’s spokesman said on Tuesday that Knight’s video-taped comments about Catholics were taken out of context and meant to draw attention to sex abuse by priests in the Catholic Church.