Tomorrow, when the PDC hears a complaint against Governor Inslee and his campaign, the commissioners will be presented with a startling admission from Inslee’s lawyer. With Inslee facing charges of unethical behavior, his lawyer’s response has been to admit that Inslee lied to his own supporters in the many emails he sent them during the legislative session.
Governor Inslee should be held accountable for illegally using campaign funds, and for lying to voters.
The hearing is the result of a “45-day letter” I filed in May, which requires a prompt response from the state Attorney General and the PDC. In that letter, I alleged two violations by Inslee and his campaign for a series of emails sent to his supporters from December to May:
#1: That Inslee illegally spent campaign funds for personal use, as the emails were intended to advance his legislative agenda and not solely for campaign purposes as required by law, and
#2: That Inslee did not report his grassroots lobbying activities on behalf of his legislative agenda, as required for all who spend above a certain threshold advocating for pieces of legislation, .
Clearly, Inslee was unethically using his campaign resources not for re-election, but to advocate for support of his liberal agenda (state income tax on capital gains; raising energy prices with a cap-and-trade program). Over and over he pleaded for his friends to sign petitions of support to help him try to persuade legislators that the public was behind him. But Inslee’s attorney, Kevin Hamilton, filed the following statement with the PDC, admitting that Inslee’s campaign did not do anything with those signatures except to enter them into a data base:
“To the extent that individuals who received the communications responded, the names and contact information of such individuals were entered into the campaign’s campaign contact data base. The campaign did not use the responses to present a petition or similar message to state legislators. None of the names of the responding individuals were presented to state legislative officials, nor were the state legislative officials informed of the responses in any other way.”
The entire report, including copies of the multiple email appeals sent by Inslee’s campaigns, and Hamilton’s response letters, are available online – CLICK HERE The PDC meeting begins at 9:30 on Thursday, July 23, at 711 Capitol Way, Room 206, in Olympia. The enforcement actions to be discussed, including the report on the Inslee, are scheduled to be heard starting at 1:30 pm.