A PAC formed to attack 1st Congressional District candidate Suzan DelBene spent twice as much — $42,656 — as previously reported, but the group still hasn’t surfaced to answer questions.
A group calling itself Progress for Washington sent out at least two versions of a mailer attacking DelBene’s career in leadership at three tech companies: Nimble Technology, Drugstore.com and Microsoft’s Mobile division. “… While those businesses sank, Suzan floated away to safety on a million dollar lifeboat,” one mailer reads.
Jeremy Pemble, vice president at the Seattle PR firm JLM Partners and coordinator for Progress for Washington, is on vacation and unavailable for an interview, according to the firm. He has donated to DelBene’s opponent, Laura Ruderman; Ruderman’s campaign said they had no connection to the PAC and were as surprised as anyone when the mailer dropped into voters’ mailboxes last week.
The PAC must disclose donors by July 20, according to FEC rules. It will be interesting whether they disclose donors, or if they hide behind a second group — a “Super PAC” — that doesn’t have to list funders.
“It’s an over-the-top, shady, underhanded campaign tactic. And it’s misleading,” said DelBene campaign spokesman Viet Shelton.