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November 2, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Seattle Times’ defense of gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi

No exceptions to campaign finance rules

Gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi and The Times certainly seem to have an unusual opinion about “campaign finance rules” [“Dino Rossi vs. the lawyers,” Editorial, Oct. 29].

In September 2007 it was reported the Forward Washington Foundation paid Rossi $75,000 for serving half-time as president. Dino Rossi stated that he had not declared his intention to run therefore he could keep his supporters and their contributions secret.

In another story article the Times reported Rossi’s statement, “We’ve disclosed everything we need to disclose and by law are required to disclose, and that’s what we’re going to do,” Rossi said. “Nothing more, nothing less” [“Real estate, book helped Rossi top $250k,” Politics, July 27, 2008].

While suggesting that Rossi was being abused by being deposed shortly before the election about his dealings with the BIAW [Business Industry Association of Washington] The Seattle Times suggests that “none of this is what campaign finances rules were supposed to do.”

You further state that deposition is not “fair to Rossi, who has made a good effort to follow the rules.”

Excuse me? Rossi has made every effort possible to hide his contributors and benefactors. Your suggestion that, “Rossi … has made a good effort to follow the rules,” stretches credulity.

Just what do you think campaign finance rules are supposed to do?

— Bill Taylor, Renton

Shameless plug for Dino Rossi

Shame on The Seattle Times for its Oct. 29 lead editorial, which is nothing but a crude, last-minute attempt to get in another plug for gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi.

The editorial back-handedly also attempts to legitimize the blatantly far right-wing political organizations, the Master Builders Association and the BIAW.

It is my understanding that the BIAW is currently under investigation by the state Attorney General’s office for violations of the Washington campaign contribution laws in connection with Rossi’s campaign for governor.

— Thomas Top, Port Orchard

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