The Port of Seattle says it will stop airing welcome messages at Sea-Tac Airport until after the November election following a complaint that they violate election laws.
Passengers heading from the parking garage to the terminal hear one of Seattle’s Port commissioners welcoming them to the airport, with a few facts about job creation and the Port’s 25-year plan. But now Andrew Pilloud, who lost a campaign for Port commissioner in the August primary, has filed four complaints with the state Public Disclosure Commission, saying the messages are basically free campaign ads for four commissioners running for re-election this year.
He filed complaints against the four on the ballot this year: John Creighton, Stephanie Bowman, Courtney Gregoire and Tom Albro. Port spokesman Jason Kelly said the Port will cooperate with any investigation and will stop playing the messages in the meantime.
And he said similar messages have played in the airport for about a decade.