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Friday, September 7, 2012

No on I-1185 Chairs Ask PDC to Fully Investigate Alleged Misuse of I-1185 Funds

Posted by on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Alarmed by a recent report in The Stranger ("Presto Change-o! Is One Tim Eyman Campaign Secretly Funding Another?") State Representative Reuven Carlyle and former state Department of Transportation head Doug MacDonald have asked the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) to conduct "a full and prompt investigation" of allegations that Initiative 1185 funds were used to improperly purchase signatures for Initiative 517.

Carlyle and MacDonald, co-chairs of the No on I-1185 campaign, made their request in a September 5 letter (pdf) addressed to PDC chair Jennifer Joly.

All inferences plausibly drawn from media reporting and all related matters raised in the complaint already before the Commision must, in our view, receive the immediate attention of the Commission via a full and prompt investigation.

[...] The investigation must embrace the entire signature gathering operation and those responsible for its direction and execution, including signature gathering firms and subcontractors and the sponsor, Mr. Tim Eyman, the I-1185 and I-517 principal. The law provides for serious sanctions if violations are established, as detailed in RCW 42.17A.750.

Carlyle and MacDonald also ask that the PDC conduct its investigation using "independent counsel" rather than trusting the impartiality of Attorney General Rob McKenna, who "has already declared his public support for Initiative 1185." This latter request is important because the PDC has neither the resources to fully investigate a scheme as complicated as the evidence depicts, nor the statutory authority to impose a penalty harsh enough to match the alleged violation.

It's a welcome bit of public pressure that hopefully will push the PDC to give this complaint the serious attention it deserves.


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Independent "council"? Couldn't someone copy-edit such an important request?
Posted by sarah70 on September 7, 2012 at 11:54 AM · Report this
Goldy 2
@1 That was my typo, not theirs. Typos happen.
Posted by Goldy on September 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM · Report this
I bought some bagels at Eltana at Bumbershoot, and they tasted like they were three days old. Carlyle needs to devote some serious attention to the quality of the product being served at his business, or soon it won't exist.
Posted by Who likes 3-day-old bagels? on September 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM · Report this
merry 4
Hopefully this will end with Eyman being prevented from ever sponsoring another initiative in this state.... oh how sweet that would be.... ... ...
Posted by merry on September 7, 2012 at 1:25 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 5
That's awesome news, Goldy.
Posted by Free Lunch on September 7, 2012 at 7:28 PM · Report this

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