Thursday, October 13, 2011
A new website, Condon's Cash, takes the mayoral candidate to task, saying, "Unfortunately, David Condon is running for Mayor by cozying up to every special interest connection and donor to his old boss he can find."
His old boss, the website helpfully informs us, is "Tea Party Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers."
Among the "special interests" Condon has tapped, the site says, are Edmund and Beatriz Schweitzer, owners of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories; Premera Blue Cross, an insurance company; Joseph Rachinsky, "a big-time Republican operative in Washington, D.C."; and James Cowles, who has donated to Tea Party candidates like Marco Rubio in the past.
The site is paid for by the Inland NW Leadership PAC, a group that has raised $37,000 so far this year. According to the state's Public Disclosure Commission, the political action committee's three biggest donors are the Inland Northwest Political Action Committee, SEIU Healthcare 775NW, and Washington State Democrats. The top individual donor is Don Barbieri, a powerful Spokane Democrat who, you guessed it, once ran against McMorris Rodgers.