BELLEVUE, WA – Washington State Republican Party (WSRP) chairman Susan Hutchison released the following statement today:
“Following today’s report from Austin Jenkins on the Democrats’ shadowy hidden money network in our state, I am demanding the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) continue its investigation into Tom Steyer, the California billionaire who registered his NextGen Washington PAC at the offices of Progress Alliance and whose checkbook was maintained by Washington State Democratic Party chair candidate and current Executive Director of the Win/Win Network, Dana Laurent.
“Tom Steyer has consistently falsely reported his activities in our state, and the PDC is failing in its duty to hold everyone accountable to our state’s campaign finance laws. California billionaires do not get special treatment, and I call on our campaign finance watchdog to do its job to ensure fairness in Washington State elections.”
On October 23, 2013, the WSRP filed a complaint with the PDC against Tom Steyer following his illegal $3 million contribution to his NextGen PAC, which was well beyond the Washington State law limiting contributions to political committees to $5,000 in the last 21 days before an election. Steyer claimed that the organization was done doing business in Washington, though evidence soon surfaced that NextGen was still doing business 11 days after the lie he told the PDC regarding his activities. The PDC has yet to administer a ruling or even conduct an investigation on the renewed complaint the WSRP filed on October 31, 2013.