Conservation Voters ups ante again in county races

Posted by Ralph Schwartz on October 15, 2013 

The Public Disclosure Commission posted a third report showing money spent by Washington Conservation Voters on behalf of four progressive candidates for Whatcom County Council.

The report was the smallest so far, $7,712.88 split among the four candidates -- Rud Browne, Barry Buchanan, Ken Mann and Carl Weimer -- for "telephone calling services." (Do these political calls ever reach cell phones? I haven't gotten one, and I don't have a land line.)

This brings WCV Action Fund, the political action committee of Washington Conservation Voters, to $160,618.88 spent to get the four candidates elected.

The group's campaign literature suggests they are investing in these races in order to stop the coal terminal from being built at Cherry Point. The group even says the four candidates are opposed to the terminal -- a claim refuted by the candidates themselves. They are remaining mum on the issue during the campaign in order to avoid appearing prejudiced before deciding on two permits for the terminal.

I post this in the interest of keeping score. With ballots available in three days, the only independent expenditures -- those that aren't given directly to campaigns and aren't limited in amount -- have come from WCV. Conservative candidates Ben Elenbaas, Kathy Kershner, Bill Knutzen and Michelle Luke have not benefited from IE's yet. However, their campaigns and the Whatcom Republicans received $17,000 from the state Republican Party after the state party received $40,000 from the two entities that would build the coal terminal and its infrastructure -- Pacific International Terminals and BNSF Railway.


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