The Public Disclosure Commission on September 1 ruled in favor of the Teri Hickel campaign, throwing out a frivolous complaint by the Washington House Democrats.
The Democrats' complaint had two points:
First, the Democrats objected to Hickel campaign literature which pointed out that the Democrat candidate is "heavily supported" by a "California billionaire."
But facts are stubborn things! The PDC upheld the Hickel campaign, noting:
"[T]he Hickel campaign identified over $100,000 in independent expenditure advertising sponsored in support of [the Democrat candidate] by new Direction PAC.... The campaign traced these funds back to NextGen Climate Action Committee Washington - Sponsored by Tom Steyer."
Also, the Democrats objected to the Hickel's campaign use of a photo (see below) in which Federal Way's Democrat Mayor Jim Ferrell gave Hickel the Key to the City. They claimed the photo was misleading.
Once again, the facts were crystal clear, and the PDC dismissed this second Democrat allegation as well, stating:
"By using the photo of Teri Hickel receiving the 'Key to the City' from Mayor Jim Ferrell, the Hickel campaign's advertising represented only that Ms. Hickel has received the key to the city. No evidence was presented that the photo was inaccurate in this regards. The advertisements at issue contained no statements indicating that Mr. Ferrell supported or endorsed Ms. Hickel in her campaign for State Representative."