Website Shows Billionaire Tom Steyer Misled PDC To Get Complaint Dismissed

New information about the shadowy political activities of California billionaire Tom Steyer has led the Washington State Republican Party to renew its Public Disclosure Commission complaint against the NextGen Climate Action Committee sponsored by Thomas Steyer (letter can be viewed at the bottom of this page).

“The people of Washington State deserve to know the truth about the biggest donor behind the campaign of Nathan Schlicher, especially when that donor has already flooded this state with more than a half million dollars and seems to be trying pretty hard to hide where his money is going in the closing days of the election,” said Susan Hutchison, Chair of the Washington State Republican Party.

It was just last Friday that PDC staff said it had “no reason to believe” that Tom Steyer’s PAC had violated Washington law.  But it appears that the PDC two-day “review” into the complaint filed by the WSRP consisted of asking Steyer’s lawyers if he did anything wrong, and believing him when he said “no”.

The PDC reported in its dismissal letter to the WSRP that the lawyer, Lance Olson, assured the PDC in writing that NextGen “had terminated its operations in Washington State effective October 9, 2013”. He made this assertion after the WSRP complaint was filed on Oct. 23, to justify why his client’s $3 million donation to NextGen on October 18 was not against the Washington State law limiting contributions to political committees to $5,000 in the last 21 days before an election.

Hutchison pointed out that Steyer’s NextGen web site (http://www.nextgenclimate.org/) was still active on Oct. 29, signing up people through a link to “WA Climate Voters” to take a pledge to be a “climate voter” on Nov. 5, and to recruit friends to take the same pledge.

“Tom Steyer came into Washington State to use his millions to impose his extreme environmental views, but he doesn’t want to follow our rules,” said Hutchison.  “Since Tom Steyer has already misled the PDC once about what he was doing in Washington State, it’s now up to PDC staff to stop giving Tom Steyer advice on how to avoid public disclosure, and actually investigate whether he broke public disclosure law to hide his activities.”

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Download:
application/pdf iconNext Gen Climate Action Committee PDC Complaint

Illegal Campaign Contributor Attempting To Buy Election For Schlicher

BELLEVUE, WA – Today, the Washington State Republican Party (WSRP) filed a complaint with the Public Disclosure Committee for illegal contributions and urged that they file an immediate injunction to prevent Thomas Steyer’s committee from spending that money in Washington State. San Francisco Billionaire Tom Steyer dumped $3 million into the “NextGen Climate Action Committee” last Friday, October 18, 2013 blatantly and purposefully thwarting the state’s 21-day prohibition of contributions above $5,000.

WSRP Chair Susan Hutchison released the following statement:

“Senator Nathan Schlicher needs to answer this question: will you repudiate this illegal spending by an outside donor or do you want the people of Pierce and Kitsap County to be represented by someone bought and paid for with illegal out of state money? Which is it? Today I call upon the PDC to do their job and protect the integrity of our election process by filing an injunction to stop Tom Steyer from using his illegally contributed money to attempt to buy the election for Senator Schlicher.”

The WSRP calls on Nathan Schlicher to repudiate this illegal $3,000,000 contribution made by his largest financial supporter. Does Nathan Schlicher want a citizen of San Francisco to choose the next senator from the 26th district using illegal campaign funds?

Steyer’s committee has poured $250,000 into the She’s Changed PAC, which is spending more than $1 million against Jan Angel in the LD 26 special election in Port Orachard and Gig Harbor. In addition, Steyer’s committee has dropped $275,000 into the Washington Conservation Voters, which in turn has contributed $150,000 to She’s Changed PAC and $55,000 to the Kennedy Fund – the soft-dollar committee of the Senate Democrats which has dropped another $217,000 into She’s Changed PAC. All told, Steyer’s committee has funneled $455,000 into She’s Changed PAC and into attempting to buy this election for Senator Schlicher. Mr. Steyer is already the single biggest contributor to a legislative campaign in our state’s history, and it’s clear that he’s not through spending his Wall Street money on this race.

Download:
application/pdf icon WSRP PDC Complaint Against Tom Steyer and NextGen PAC

Republicans Demand Democrats Again Return Money From Bigot JZ Knight

BELLEVUE, WA – On Tuesday evening, notorious cult leader JZ Knight held a fundraiser at her home in Yelm for Democrat Mary Hall, who is running for Thurston County Auditor. You can see a copy of the invitation here.

JZ Knight, made news last year when she defamed Catholics, Jews, gays and Mexicans, in a video that surfaced after she made a $70,000 donation to the Washington State Democratic Party. Following this embarrassing episode for the Democrats, party Chairman Dwight Pelz had to give the money to charity.

In light of this newly revealed association between JZ Knight and  Democrat Mary Hall, Washington State Republican Party (WSRP) Chair Susan Hutchison released the following statement:

“It is appalling that less than a year after Democrats were shamed by contributions from renowned bigot and racist JZ Knight, Democrat Mary Hall shows she has no scruples when it comes to campaign money.  Hall wants to be Thurston County’s next auditor, a job which requires fairness and impartiality in overseeing elections. Hall’s profound lack of judgment shows that voters can’t trust her to run her campaign, much less her county’s elections.

“Republicans call on Mary Hall to follow the lead of her Party Chairman and decline the money.  Otherwise voters must assume that Mary Hall shares the same bigoted views as the cult leader.”

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