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Sen. Billig's "dark money" bill would root out secret big money donors in WA elections

December 2, 2017

""In a Facebook post today, meanwhile, Stuckart took aim at the generally conservative-leaning PAC, Better Spokane, which was by far the biggest independent player in this year's city of Spokane elections. 

Of the $121,000 the Better Spokane PAC raised, $20,000 worth of office-space and staff salaries was paid for with so-called "dark money" from the Better Spokane nonprofit. 

And while Better Spokane's executive director Michael Cathcart voluntarily says that donations from Better Spokane board members Fritz Wolff, Ryan Gee, and Michael Senske make up nearly two-thirds of the money Better Spokane has raised, Cathcart has declined to name the other donors. 

Stuckart objected in particular to Better Spokane spending $30,000 with Cambridge Analytica, an international microtargeting firm that has recently become tangled in the sprawling Trump-Russia scandal.

"Yep," Stuckart wrote on Facebook. "The same company that allegedly colluded with the Russians was ‘colluding’ with a local PAC called Better Spokane to attack progressive council candidates."


Cathcart scoffs at Stuckart's tying his campaign to the Russia scandal. 

"I think Ben is just trying to muster up more base support," Cathcart says. "It’s red meat for his base. Our organization has nothing to do with Steve Bannon or Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin."

Instead, Cathcart says, he chose Cambridge Analytica because, well, they've been successful.

"They’ve shown that they could win," Cathcart says. "They did a very good job in 2016. Why wouldn’t you try to hire folks with a proven track record? That’s what it comes down to ... This idea that it’s bad because they help the president of the United States win is a sensational argument."  ""


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