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October 01, 2008

What Possesses Them?

By now, you've all had a chance to read about Dino Rossi and his alleged blatantly illegal coordination with the BIAW and the MBA - the Buildergate scandal, it's being called. Goldy and Fuse were on top of the story yesterday, based on the court documents released by attorney Knoll Lowney of Smith and Lowney PLLC, who is involved in the lawsuit that the state is pursuing against the two organizations.

This morning both the PI and the Times had stories up.

What I want to know is what possesses these guys? Everyone knows that coordination between campaigns and their allies is illegal. Saying, as Rossi has, that he wasn't running for the 2008 race in May of 2007 is ridiculous. We all knew that the odds were very high that he would run. According to the article in this morning's PI, Aaron Ostrom. Fuse Director, says:

There are three really big implications: One is, he is directly involved in a fundraising campaign being prosecuted as illegal. Two, he's tied to all these sleazy attack ads because he helped fundraise for them. And three, there's a giant spotlight on this ultra-conservative, shady trade association that he voted with 99 percent of the time.

All I can think is that some proportion of these sleazy Republicans have been doing this for years and just hadn't counted on the power of the Internet to obtain and distribute records and get around the ho-hum lack of reporting on the part of the traditional media. Not to say that Democrats don't also occasionally get caught up in sleazy activities - it seems like it is at most 10% of what we find with the Republicans of this time.

Posted by Lynn Allen on October 1, 2008 at 11:34 AM in Candidate Races, Media | Permalink

Comments

I think part of this story is that, regardless of whether Rossi did anything illegal, he certainly is mixed up with these groups in a big way. If you like your development uncontrolled, Rossi's your guy, methinks.

Posted by: Cujo359 | Oct 1, 2008 11:53:36 PM

"If you like your develop uncontrolled". I love that simple yet descriptive phrase. Thanks.

Posted by: Lynn | Oct 2, 2008 9:20:17 AM

What possesses them? What the hell do you think? Greed!

Posted by: ivan | Oct 2, 2008 11:18:03 AM

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