At today’s City Club meeting, one questioner asked mayoral candidate Kelli Linville about the 2010 campaign contributions she got from coal terminal developers and from SSA Marine spokesman Craig Cole during her unsuccessful run for reelection to the state legislature.
“I was running for the legislature,” Linville replied. “I was not running for mayor.”
Linville said she has received no such contributions in her campaign for the mayor’s race.
Linville’s 2010 campaign contributions have been much debated on Facebook for the past week. Linville’s partisans have attempted to rebut pointed questions from Mayor Dan Pike’s supporters about her 2010 campaign war chest.
It’s perfectly legitimate to follow the money in politics, and if you do it the results are seldom gratifying. But it’s worth pointing out that people who are involved in crafting legislation at the state or federal level get contributions from all sorts of special interest groups with an ongoing interest in legislation. (And no, I’m not arguing that we should just accept this because it’s just the way things are. I personally don’t accept it.)
Out of curiosity, I decided to take a peek at the 2010 campaign contributions to State Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-44th. The Sierra Club describes him as “the Great Green Giant of the Washington Legislature.”
His campaign contribution list for 2010 includes contributions from Puget Sound Energy, tribal casinos, hospitals, optometrists, Walgreens, Waste Management Inc. — as well as $500 from Pacific International Terminals, the SSA Marine subsidiary in charge of the Gateway Pacific Terminal project, and $150 from Craig Cole.