A political mailer supporting state House candidate Jake Fey that was recently distributed to hundreds of Northeast Tacoma residents attempts to tie Fey’s opponent, Laurie Jinkins, to the right-leaning Building Industry Association of Washington and a controversial development project that has drawn widespread citizen opposition.
Only trouble is, the BIAW wasn’t involved in the political donation cited in Fey’s ad, according to interviews. And Jinkins had nothing to do with the controversial development proposal.
Fey’s mailer features a stylized $800 check made out to the Jinkins’ campaign and signed by “Building Industry Association of Washington” against the backdrop of a bulldozer on a golf course. On the bottom left corner, the check’s “For” line reads: “Development of Our Open Space.”
On the mailer’s opposite side, a photograph of a smiling Fey accompanies this appeal:
My opponent received the maximum possible contribution from the Master Builders Association of Pierce County (the subsidiary of the Building Industry Association of Washington). She accepted a check from developers who are out of step with our district.
They supported my opponent because I stood with you, the residents of Northeast Tacoma, when developers tried to pave over our golf course and disrupt our quality of life.
I will always stand with you. I think it’s important for my neighbors in Northeast Tacoma to know where I stand and where my opponent stands on issues that affect their lives. As your representative in Olympia, I will continue to stand with you. VOTE JAKE FEY(D)
But a top official for the Pierce County builders group said the donation to Jinkins — actually made in September through the Pierce County Affordable Housing Council, a PAC primarily funded by the local buidlers group — has no BIAW ties.
“The BIAW had nothing to do with it,” Mike Crowley, executive vice president of Pierce County Master Builders, told me today. “This contribution came directly from Master Builders of Pierce County. It’s not accurate to say BIAW is involved.”
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