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Tag: Moxie Media


House next up for Moxie Media-inspired campaign finance bill

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

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Moxie Media case will take more than a year to reach trial

Jerry Cornfield at The Herald of Everett reports that the trial dates have been set for state Attorney General Rob McKenna‘s suit against Moxie Media for campaign finance violations.

That’s a long time, given that McKenna received the case from the state Public Disclosure Commission in October and filed that action on October 29. That’s 16 months.

And there is still no word from the PDC about a complaint against the conservative Americans for Prosperity for failure to file reports of its actions against Democratic incumbents last election.

Here’s the link to Jerry’s story. It notes that the chances

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Would be an insult to voters not to seat me says Sen.-elect Nick Harper

Reacting to Thursday’s announcement that a fellow Democrat will move to deny him his seat in the state Senate, Sen.-elect Nick Harper of Everett issued this statement today:

It is insulting and damaging to deny representation to the 38th Legislative District by voting not to seat me in the Senate.  During these challenging times for our communities, the people of Everett, Marysville, and Tulalip must have a voice in Olympia.  In the words of The Everett Herald: “The 38th District needs and deserves Senate representation.”

My role and mission in the State Senate is very clear.  I am

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Rep. Campbell asks for independent look at Moxie

Republican state Rep. Tom Campbell is distancing himself from independent campaign ads by Moxie Media, which has come under fire for its alleged concealment of funding sources for some of its ads this fall.

Campbell, a Republican who was losing to fellow Republican J.T. Wilcox in the August primary, compared the case to Watergate and sent Attorney General Rob McKenna’s office a letter asking for an independent prosecutor to look into Moxie’s actions using funds from labor groups.

McKenna’s legal staff already filed a lawsuit Friday against Moxie and has insisted before it is independent in these kinds of cases.

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Republican hopefuls blast Moxie Media hit pieces

In echoes of Democrats’ outcry in federal races across the country, Republican candidates for the Legislature are complaining about secretive spending on hit pieces.

The Republicans are seizing on an investigation of the mailers attacking state Sen. Jean Berkey, D-Everett, that were sent out by a political consultant working for unions and liberal interest groups. Attorney General Rob McKenna today sued consultant Lisa MacLean over alleged violations of campaign laws in the Berkey case.

MacLean’s consulting firm, Moxie Media, is also responsible for mailers targeting Republican candidates in legislative races in the South Sound’s 28th, 2nd, 30th and 47th districts.

Candidates in those races blasted Moxie for creating a spiderweb of more than 40 PACs that make the money harder to trace.

Ads by independent political action committees are required to identify the PAC’s top five contributors. Moxie gets around those rules by setting up two PACs in each race. The PAC that receives the money then gives it to the other PAC, which can pay for a mailer without reporting any contributors except that of its twin.

Moxie’s not the only one shuffling money around. And it’s legal, as long as the real donors are disclosed to the Public Disclosure Commission so diligent voters can go to the PDC website to follow the money. That didn’t happen in the Berkey case.

Kevin Carns, director of the House Republican Organizational Committee, said he’s sure more violations will be found in some of that accounting.

“They’re spending dirty money against Jean Berkey,” Carns said. “If they’re willing to do that against one of their own, I’m pretty sure they’re willing to break the law against a Republican.”

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Get ready for more independent spending in legislative races

It looks like labor-backed candidates in key legislative races are about to get some help.

In the past two weeks, unions have given more than $450,000 to political action committees set up by a campaign consultant, Moxie Media, that has run independent campaigns on behalf of labor-supported candidates. The consultant has come under scrutiny for its tactics in a successful effort to unseat a moderate Democrat.

In campaign disclosures, each Moxie PAC has identified a target to support or oppose. All of them are backing Democrats with two notable exceptions:

  • The PAC called For the People backs maverick Republican Rep. Tom Campbell in Pierce and Thurston counties’ 2nd District, and opposes J.T. Wilcox, another Republican with more support from his party’s establishment. Labor groups just gave another $45,000 to the PAC called 2nd Defense, which then forwarded $52,000 to For the People. The use of multiple, layered PACs allows the groups to send out mailers that don’t list the names of the unions that paid for them, as they did in the primary.
  • A PAC called Stand for Citizens opposes a moderate Democrat, Snohomish County Sen. Steve Hobbs. Hobbs survived unions’ attempt to bring him down in the primary, but they don’t appear to be giving up, even though he’s now facing a Republican, former Sen. Dave Schmidt. The unions have put another $25,500 into Stand for Citizens in recent weeks.

Groups giving to the races include the State Labor Council’s DIME PAC, the Service Employees International Union, SEIU locals 1199 and 775, Teamsters Local 117, Washington Federation of State Employees, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, the Washington State Council of Firefighters and the Public School Employees of Washington. There are a couple of donations in the mix from nonunion, liberal groups Fuse and Washington Conservation Voters.

None of the PACs have reported any spending since the primary election, and money tends to migrate between Moxie’s PACs, so it’s hard to know for sure who the money will benefit. But with those caveats, here’s where the groups have given their money since Sept. 30:

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