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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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Following the money in Jean Berkey legal fight? Now it leads to pro-Tom Campbell PAC

Seattle political consulting firm Moxie Media is amending its campaign disclosures in response to a complaint filed by Rep. Sen. Jean Berkey, the Everett Democrat who says Moxie’s mailers against her deceived voters by hiding their funding source.

Oddly enough, the new money trail leads to a South Sound race miles away from the one where Berkey is asking to have her primary election defeat thrown out over the mailers.

Before the Aug. 17 primary, voters in the 2nd Legislative District straddling Pierce and Thurston counties received mailers that said they were paid for by PACs called

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Republicans host 2nd District debate

This just in from 2nd/29th District Republicans. In case you haven’t noticed, election season is open

2nd District Representative Debate:                                   

The 2nd & 29th Districts Republican Club is hosting a debate featuring incumbent 2nd District State Representative Tom Campbell and challenger J.T. Wilcox.  The meeting, which is open to the public, begins at 7:00 PM sharp, June 2nd, in the Weeks-Dryers Fellowship Hall,  220 134th St. So. Parkland. For information contact John Seidl 253-847-3732   sew-n4u@comcast.net


State workers: Don’t take us for granted

Sen. Pam Roach is the only senator who did enough this year to avoid a scolding from a major state employees group.

The Washington Federation of State Employees is denying endorsements to most legislators for now, saying they “waged a systematic campaign to dismantle human services and inflict extraordinary and unnecessary sacrifices on state employees.”

In case you’re scratching your head trying to remember these sacrifices, a quick recap of this session:  Democrats raised taxes as unions requested, didn’t cut pay for state workers, and ponied up an extra $65 million for worker health insurance, but they also closed three state institutions and downsized two others, cut about 3,000 state-employee and educator jobs, and furloughed as much as a quarter of the workforce.

The rhetoric may have bothered unions as much as the actions: Republicans demanding reopening of worker contracts; centrist Democrats complaining their party wasn’t doing enough to outsource non-core functions of government like the state print shop and liquor stores.

The result: Only 18 House members, mostly liberals, and the conservative Roach received backing Saturday at the union’s Endorsements Conference. The stamp of approval puts them on the fast track for the group’s endorsement — and the promise of fundraising help that comes with it.

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Final stamp of approval for bills

The third floor of the Legislative Building has looked practically abandoned for much of this week, while House and Senate members twiddle their thumbs waiting for budget progress. But the second floor, where the governor works, has seen occasional flurries of activity.

Lawmakers, lobbyists and others gathering around Gov. Chris Gregoire’s office are there to snag a prime spot in  the photo ops where she signs bills into law.

She has signed dozens of them in recent days. Wednesday, her list was topped by a bill that allows legislators to keep their official Web sites up during campaign season.

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