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November 1, 2008 at 5:23 PM

Dino Rossi’s deposition

Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times

Dino Rossi, Republican candidate for governor, gestures during a news conference after giving a deposition for a lawsuit that accuses the Building Industry Association of Washington of illegally raising money for his campaign.

Not a waste of time

I could not disagree more with your editorial on gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi’s deposition [“Dino Rossi vs. the lawyers,” editorial, Oct. 29].

Campaign finance and disclosure laws were put in place for good reason: to ensure that voters will always know who has paid for a candidate’s campaign before they go to vote. As we watch the nastiest, most expensive campaign in state history unfold, these laws are more important than ever, and I find Rossi’s scornful attitude toward his deposition to be very troubling.

If anything, Tuesday’s today’s deposition proved that Rossi was more deeply and personally involved in the Business Industry Association of Washington’s illegal fundraising than was previously known.

He didn’t just talk on the phone with leaders of the Master Builder’s Association when they were considering whether to make a $500,000 half-million contribution to the BIAW’s “fund for Rossi”; in fact, he actually took them out for lunch to seal the deal.

This is a very serious matter, one that could potentially lead to felony charges for Rossi. It undermines your paper’s credibility to belittle it.

— Kevin Kerr, Seattle

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