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The Public Disclosure Commission has ruled that the Building Industry Association of Washington violated campaign finance laws by not properly reporting money it moved to a political action committee opposing Governor Christine Gregoire's re-election bid.
The effect of the ruling may help Gregoire, but perhaps only to the extent that she can now counter opponent Dino Rossi's assertions that she is in the pocket of lobbyists:
'I think the outcome is that it [the PDC ruling] levels the playing field,' said Matt Barreto, a University of Washington political-science professor and expert on voters' opinions.
'The Republicans have been running ads that Gregoire is getting money from tribes and unions while doing favors for them. Now Democrats will run ads that Rossi is getting support from the BIAW. Voters will be thinking both candidates are getting shady contributions from big supporters,' Barreto said. [Emphasis mine.]
A real win high-minded politics, no?
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