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June 10, 2008 5:20 PM

Top Republican leader to help Reichert

Posted by David Postman

U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner will headline a local fundraiser for Congressman Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, June 28. Boehner will be at a Bellevue hotel for a $100 per person breakfast.

Reichert is getting money help from a top Republican who recently was awarded $1 million from another member of the delegation. Congressman Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, was ordered by a federal judge to pay the money to Boehner to end a long-standing dispute over an illegally taped telephone call that McDermott leaked to the press.


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June 10, 2008 4:47 PM

Primary ballot allows candidates to re-brand

Posted by David Postman

There is much talk this year - the eighth of an increasingly unpopular president - of damage done to the “Republican brand.” John McCain’s campaign manager says the political environment for Republicans is “one of the worst in our party’s history.” And retiring Virginia Congressman Tom Davis told E.J. Dionne recently that if Republicans "were dog food, they'd take us off the shelf and put us in a landfill."

What’s a Republican to do? Re-brand of course. On Washington’s 2008 primary and general election ballots, Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi will be identified as a member of the “G.O.P. Party.”

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June 10, 2008 10:23 AM

McCain v. Boeing in TV spot

Posted by David Postman

A group pushing for public financing of political campaigns is airing a TV spot in D.C. criticizing Sen. John McCain’s role in the multi-billion dollar Air Force tanker deal. The contract went to Airbus, prompting a formal complaint by Boeing and much criticism from Washington state lawmakers.

The non-profit Public Campaign Action Fund is considering airing the ad in Washington state and Missouri - both places with heavy Boeing employment, said spokesman David Donnelly.

But what’s the connection between public financing of campaigns and the Boeing deal? Donnelly said:

Our mission is to promote public financing and hold politicians accountable who oppose reform while doing favors for special interest donors and lobbyists.

The group also filed a complaint yesterday with the Federal Elections Commission. The group claims that a lobbying firm may have subsidized the salary of a McCain campaign staffer and that another lobbying firm - owned in part by campaign manager Rick Davis - improperly discounted a bill to the campaign.

A spokesman for the McCain campaign said that the senator should be hailed, not criticized, for his role in the Air Force tanker deal. Rick Gorka said people are unhappy with McCain because he stopped an earlier tanker contract from being awarded to Boeing. That contract was tainted by scandal inside Boeing and the Pentagon.

“That deal stank,” Gorka said. “John McCain is a guy who will stand up to these kinds of things regardless of the fallout. He ended up saving the taxpayer $6 billion.”

On the latest contract, McCain has been accused of interceding on Airbus’ behalf. (The claim is made again in the Public Campaign TV spot.) McCain has said that’s untrue. During a visit to Washington state last month, McCain said there’s no evidence of that and that he fully supports the government review of the contract prompted by Boeing’s complaints.

HEY COMMENTER JIM: I deleted one of your comments because it was so clearly over the line of acceptable debate. And others are clearly offensive. I have to say if I deleted comments just because I disagreed with them yours about McCain would be gone, too.

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Jun 10, 08 - 05:20 PM
Top Republican leader to help Reichert

Jun 10, 08 - 04:47 PM
Primary ballot allows candidates to re-brand

Jun 10, 08 - 10:23 AM
McCain v. Boeing in TV spot

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