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"Buildergate" Allegations Continue to Fly

October 1, 2008

Seattle, WA - It's a new wrinkle in the governor's race controversy that has been dubbed "Buildergate." Two weeks ago, the state Public Disclosure Commission and Attorney General charged the Building and Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) with breaking the law by raising and spending more than $400,000 of campaign contributions without disclosing the sources of the money.

Now, a political watchdog group says it has evidence that gubernatorial hopeful Dino Rossi made some of the fundraising calls. Aaron Ostrom is executive director of the group Fuse Washington, which released the information on Tuesday.

"What we have here is one of the most powerful special interests in Washington collaborating with a candidate for governor on a fundraising campaign that's now being prosecuted as illegal, and the funds are financing attack ads against the governor."

Ostrom explains that meeting Minutes from a BIAW chapter include references that Rossi had called its leaders to discuss fundraising. The money, he adds, is already being used to buy ads attacking Gov. Chris Gregoire -- and the election will be over before the legal mess is sorted out.

"We just want the public to be aware of this relationship between Dino Rossi and this ultraconservative trade association of powerful developers."

Rossi's campaign has responded that the charges are "erroneous" because the calls were made before he had officially announced he was a candidate. Specifics of the charges, including copies of the meeting Minutes, can be viewed online at www.buildergate.org.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WA