Politics State GOP Gives $81,000 to Satterberg
posted by November 3 at 16:56 PMon
Last week, in a Slog post about the tight race for KC Prosecutor—Republican Dan Satterberg v. Democrat Bill Sherman—I noted that John Hennessy, CEO of Nuprecon, had donated $5,000 to the Washington State Republican Party. I wrote:
Additionally, the KC prosecutor sets law enforcement priorities. Sherman pledges to get tougher on environmental crimes and points out that under Satterberg, a suspected environmental polluter, Nuprecon, got off the hook. (Coincidentally, Nuprecon CEO John Hennessy just donated $5000 to the state Republican Party. Gee, I wonder which race that’s going to go to?)
It looks like I got my answer. Late yesterday, the GOP made a huge contribution to Satterberberg’s campaign—$81,000. In addition to getting help from Hennessy, a KC deputy prosecutor, whose family had already maxed out to Satterberg’s campaign, suspiciously made a $10,000 contribution to the State GOP earlier this month.
I say “suspiciously” because Republican KC Council Member Jane Hague’s race is the only other high profile seat that’s up for the GOP this season. It is a violation of campaign finance rules for donations to be earmarked for a specific candidate through the State party.
The state party actually started dumping money into Satterberg’s race last month.
Sherman’s campaign tells me they’ll be filing a complaint with the State.
Footnote bitch: What’s up with the Democrats? They saw this coming. The GOP has been getting hefty donations from people with a clear interest in the Satterberg race for the past month. Sherman’s campaign has been making noise about it. Why didn’t the State Democrats download a major piece of change to Sherman? (They gave about $30,000 last week. Not enough.) The Ds are famously out-fundraising the Republicans right now. There’s a chance to re-take the KC Prosecutor’s Office for the first time in 50 plus years. Pffffttttt.