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Tag: Jack Connelly

May
22nd

PDC rules Tacoma PAC that sent attack mailers against Connelly violated campaign finance law

A Tacoma political group that distributed mailers attacking state senate candidate Jack Connelly last year violated campaign finance law by failing to report its donations and spending in a timely manner, the Public Disclosure Commission ruled Wednesday.

The political action committee known as “Tacomans for Integrity in Government” now has 30 days to pay a $200 fine assessed for the violation.

Ken Miller, a local political activist who chaired the Tacomans PAC, described his group’s belated financial filings on Wednesday as an honest mistake.

“I didn’t dispute the facts,” Miller said in an e-mail. “I misunderstood the

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Feb.
20th

Hacked: Mello, Connelly among Tacomans with infiltrated Twitter accounts

Count City Councilman Ryan Mello and former state Senate candidate Jack Connelly among prominent Tacomans who’ve been hacked.

During a rash of social media hackings in recent days, Twitter accounts for both Mello and Connelly have been tweeting direct messages to followers that contain links to so-called “phishing” sites designed to trick people into relinquishing personal and financial information.

The suspect tweets from @RyanMello and @ConnellyJack  seem personal in nature, directing recipients to a link with a question: “Did you see this pic of you? lol.”

But the attached link ends up taking unsuspecting followers on a phishing

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Oct.
17th

Tacoma: Jack Connelly’s self-funding nearing the $1 million mark in 27th Legislative District race

Tacoma trial lawyer Jack Connelly has now poured $988,383 into his campaign for the 27th Legislative District senate seat against state Rep. Jeannie Darneille, the latest campaign finance records show.

In all, the Connelly campaign’s total contributions — when including about $67,000 in other donations  – have surpassed the $1 million mark.  He has raised $1,065,719 to date — tops among legislative candidates statewide, records show.

Connelly’s camp has also spent almost three-quarters of that money — partly to fund a barrage of TV spots, mailers and other political advertisements in recent weeks that largely attack Darneille’s 12-year record

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Oct.
3rd

27th Legislative District Senate race: Connelly, Darneille release new TV spots as campaign ads escalate

Democrats Jack Connelly and Jeannie Darneille each released new TV spots this week, as campaign advertising has escalated in their well-moneyed race for Tacoma’s state senate seat with just over a month to go before Election Day.

Connelly’s TV spot, which aired during Monday Night Football on ESPN this week, features two Tacoma educators who support Connelly and criticizes Darneille for voting “to cut over $4 billion from the education fund.”   The ad cites the last two state operating budgets (and supplemental operating budgets) approved by the Legislature as sources for the claim.

“Tacoma’s kids

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Aug.
6th

“Integrity” PAC behind attack mailers about Jack Connelly in Tacoma’s 27th District state senate race finally submits reports

A political action committee that recently distributed two attack mailers about 27th District senate candidate Jack Connelly‘s ties to an affordable housing nonprofit that misspent public funds has finally submitted its reports to the state’s campaign finance watchdog, records show.

As we’ve reported (here, here and here), the Tacomans for Integrity in Government PAC failed to submit required reports to the state’s Public Disclosure Commission about the mailers’ costs and who funded them. The group’s failure to properly report its activities has drawn several complaints.

Connelly, a Tacoma trial lawyer, has disputed the

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Aug.
4th

NARAL weighs in on 27th District senate race, reminding voters Jeannie Darneille is the only pro-choice candidate

The National Abortion And Reproductive Rights Action League’s political action committee in Washington has distributed a late mailer before Tuesday’s primary, reminding voters in Tacoma’s 27th Legislative District that Democrat Jeannie Darneille is the only pro-choice candidate in the district’s state senate race.

The mailer, which includes Darneille’s photo next to that of Washington’s Democratic candidate for governor, Jay Inslee, lists NARAL’s 10-candidate slate of preferences in legislative, statewide and federal races.

On the flip side, two concerned-looking 20-something women stare out from the mailer next to the plea: ”Vote Pro Choice, because we need leaders we can trust to protect access

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Aug.
2nd

Going negative in Tacoma’s 27th District senate race: Another unreported attack mailer about Jack Connelly emerges

A group calling itself “Tacomans for Integrity in Government,” distributed a second mailer this week attacking Tacoma trial lawyer and Democratic senate candidate Jack Connelly for his ties to a housing nonprofit found to have misspent public money.

But the political action committee — made up of supporters for Connelly’s opponent, fellow Democrat and state Rep. Jeannie Darneille – continues to flout state campaign finance law by not reporting contributions and spending to Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission.

“That committee hasn’t filed anything with us,” PDC spokeswoman Lori Anderson said Thursday.

Meantime, Connelly’s campaign last week fired off an attack

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July
30th

Tacoma: PAC that sent attack mailer about Jack Connelly in 27th District state senate race still hasn’t reported it

At least 10 days have gone by, but a political action committee that recently distributed $8,000 worth of attack mailers against 27th District senate candidate Jack Connelly still has yet to file a report with the state’s campaign finance watchdog.

And that means the group, Tacomans for Integrity in Goverment, is likely running afoul of state campaign finance law.

“If they spend at least $1,000 in support or opposition to any candidate, the committee must file a special report within 24 hours of when the ad is presented to the public or on the first business day when

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