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Monday, July 9, 2007

Dino Rossi. A Follow-Up Report

posted by on July 9 at 15:13 PM

In Counter•Intel last week, I caught Dino Rossi trying to play fast and loose with AP reporter Dave Ammons.

Here’s the deal, the Democrats had filed a complaint against Rossi’s non-profit, Forward Washington, alleging that it was a shadow campaign organization. Non-profits cannot do partisan campaign work—although, they can receive unlimited and undisclosed donations (making it great for raising campaign cash if you can get away with it.)

Anyway, when AP reporter Dave Ammons interviewed Rossi about this controversy—the Seattle Times had even editorialized that Rossi’s “non-partisan” group didn’t pass the “smirk test”—Ammons astutely asked Rossi what he was up to that day. Turns out Rossi was heading to Yakima to speak at a GOP fundraiser for state Republican Senator Jim Clements. Acknowledging as much wouldn’t have looked so good in a story where questions were being raised about Rossi’s partisan activities, however. So, Rossi told Ammons he was on his way to a to an “Idea Bank” —one of Forward Washington’s “non-partisan” events. Rossi hit Pullman, the day after the Yakima fundraiser, for his “Idea Bank.”

I called Forward Washington to ask about the discrepancy and, as I reported in my column, they told me Ammons misquoted them. Ammons got it mixed up.

I couldn’t reach Ammons last week to get his side of the story because he was on vacation. However, I reached him today. I didn’t think a longtime AP reporter would want to duke it out with Rossi, but I’ll be damned: Ammons wasn’t about to let Rossi rope-a-dope him.

Ammons told me: “He said he was on his way to an idea bank. He was on his way to Yakima. Then he went on about what a non-partisan thing this was with Lou Guzzo [former D Governor Dixy Lee Ray staffer] on the board. He never mentioned going to a campaign event. If he did not set foot in Yakima for that reason, he never clarified. The most I will concede is he might have been less than clear.”

Ammons went further, seconding a point I had made in the column. “He’s salaried, $75,000, by Forward Washington. His time is compensated. Was the whole trip East [including the campaigning in Yakima] charged back to Forward Washington?”

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Rossi is a lying toad.

Posted by J.R. | July 9, 2007 4:02 PM

If he did charge the whole trip what gets me most is not the corruption, its the stupidity. I mean Rossi is not exactly a poor man. He can probably afford a trip to Yakima, which while the Palm Springs of Washington, is still awfully cheap.

Posted by Giffy | July 9, 2007 4:26 PM

my GOD, the I know nothing

don't work on that issue

right winger re cloaked as moderate

enter Dino Rossi

just a little corrupt, or a lot?

Gregoire looks so GOOD by comparison, and don't forget it

Posted by Essex | July 9, 2007 4:40 PM

Rossi seems pretty sheisty regarding all this stuff. Either announce your campaign for governonr or knock this shit off.

BTW, Non-profit’s cannot looks better as Non-profits cannot.

Posted by Jessica | July 9, 2007 5:46 PM

Not to play grammar freak, but try "non-profits cannot" instead of "non-profit's cannot." kthnxbai!

Posted by Jessica | July 9, 2007 5:47 PM


Posted by laughingoutloud | July 9, 2007 5:55 PM

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