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The Seattle Times Continues to Carry Water for Democrats

BELLEVUE – The Washington State Republican Party (WSRP) released the following statement condemning the Seattle Times for their double standard and blatantly biased application of trademark enforcement to the benefit of the Patty Murray campaign.

“The Seattle Times, an institution claiming to provide impartial and unbiased reporting, is failing their readers by publishing political attack pieces as ‘news’ stories, while at the same time making potentially illegal in-kind contributions to the Murray campaign. Political Speech is clearly protected under the First Amendment. The attempts by the Seattle Times to stop Republican candidate Tiffany Smiley from spreading her political message and costing her campaign thousands of dollars in the process is destroying their own credibility,” said WSRP Chairman Caleb Heimlich.

According to federal election laws:
  • “if a corporation makes its resources available to one candidate for free, it must do so for all candidates.” The Seattle Times arbitrarily enforced its copyright claims and therefore provided a prohibited corporate in-kind contribution to the Murray campaign, clearly violating Federal Election law.
  • Federal Election laws further state that “anything of value” counts as a contribution to a political campaign. Forcing Smiley to redo her ad would cost the campaign an estimated $5000 and be valuable to the Murray campaign and obviously harmful to Smiley.
Luckily, Tiffany Smiley is a fighter who has taken on DC and brought VA reform to millions of Veterans across our nation. She is a fighter who is pushing back against these corporate attempts to illegally sway the 2022 election – and she will continue to be a fighter for the everyday Washingtonian when she defeats 30-year incumbent Patty Murray and becomes Washington’s next Senator.