Politics Nonpartisan, My Ass
posted by March 31 at 13:53 PMon
Republican KC Council member Pete Von Reichbauer is pushing an initiative to the county charter that would make the positions of County Council members and County Executive nonpartisan.
It’s no wonder a Republican would push an initiative to hide a candidate’s Republican status in heavily Democratic King County. That R next to GOP candidates’ name isn’t much of a plus—especially in this anti-George Bush era. (The County Council is currently 5-4 Democratic, and King County Executive Ron Sims is also a Democrat.)
But the GOP just might get away with it. King County (and particularly Seattle) voters fancy themselves “independents” and may go for the initiative—which needs a little over 50,000 signatures to get on the ballot.
Proof that the idea is a GOP ploy: Citizens for Independent Government (the group pushing the initiative) has collected $145,000 and, according to finance records, more than 90 percent of the money comes from three donors: George Rowley, John Stanton, and John Hennessy.
Rowley, CEO of Rowley Properties, is one of the biggest supporters of Republican candidates and issues in this state. Dating back to 2002, his donations have included: $8,000 to Dino Rossi; $95,000 to the $172,250 to the Washington State Republican Party; $60,000 to the Senate Republican Campaign Committee; $28,000 to the King County Republican Central Committee, General; $125,850 to the King County Republican Central Committee; and $6,000 to John Carlson in 2000.
Telecom mogul Stanton has an equally impressive list of contributions to conservative recipients: $5,300 to Rossi; $255,500 to the Washington State Republican Party; $100,000 to the Senate Republican Campaign Committee; $30,750 to the King County Republican Central Comm Non-exempt; $25,000 to the BIAW’s PAC, ChangePAC; and $4,800 to John Carlson in 2000.
Nuprecon CEO Hennessy: $6,100 to Dino Rossi; $115,000 to ChangePAC (and ChangePAC 2004); $5,000 to the Washington State Republican Party; $10,000 to the King County Repub; and $3,400 to Carlson in 2000.
Given all the money they’ve thrown away trying to elect Republicans (the Democrat-to-Republican spread in Olympia is 32-17 in the Senate and 63-34 in the House), this seems like a better use of their money.