Category: Campaign Finance

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Red and Blue

Timothy Goddard notes: Regardless of what happened Monday morning, the gubernatorial election showed that Washington is very evenly divided between red and blue–but the fact that only a three of our nine person delegation to the House of Representatives is Republican doesn’t bear that out. However, there’s a man who aims to make that score a little bit more even. That man is Doug Roulstone, and he is challenging Rick Larsen for the 2nd District House seat. Based on the rest of the post he does look like a strong potential challenger to the the incumbent. But I’ll save discussion...

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Who Does reichart Represent?

The 5/30 King County Journal has a generally positive article on dave reichart’s (R-Wa, 8th District) first five months in office and notes: He has raised more than $250,000 in contributions from special interest groups, according to the online PoliticalMoneyLine — the most of anyone in the state’s congressional delegation. But he has lost at least one check because of a particular vote he took, one that he wouldn’t specify. In his mind, no strings are attached to the cash needed to run a winning campaign. Or so he says. If reichart is going to truely represent the people of...

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The DNC is Coming

Yes, it is coming to Boise on 5/25: The Democratic National Committee (DNC), under the chairmanship of former Vermont governor and 2004 presidential candidate Howard Dean, is sending assessment teams around the country to speak with Democratic voters. Chairman Dean is eager to put DNC resources into states that have traditionally been overlooked, and the first step in this process is gathering input from Democrats throughout the country. This means sending teams out to get your ideas and opinions on what needs to be done for Dems to win more offices. Serephin is correct in saying that this is an...

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Campaign Finance Reform

The Oregon legislature is working on some campaign finance reforms ($ after 14 days): Shortly after Doyle’s Jan. 31 resignation, Merkley and House Speaker Karen Minnis, R-Wood Village, announced that House legislation would tackle six campaign finance topics. Those included increasing the maximum penalty for personal use of campaign money, prohibiting candidates from paying themselves for professional services, and prohibiting double dipping. They should be encouraged to continue this effort however it does seem a bit like the fox is in the hen house. I suspect they will look more after their own interests than those of the people they...