Port of Seattle: Hearing on Port Commission's misuse of public resources

Enforcement Hearing Notice

Remember back to October 2013, when I alleged that millions of public dollars were being funneled into incumbents' campaigns for port commissioner? Since then, all four candidates involved won by a landslide.

On September 25, 2014, the Public Disclosure Commission will be holding a hearing to look into the alleged violations by Tom Albro, John Creighton, Courtney Gregoire, and Stephanie Bowman.

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Get Money Out of Politics... By Spending Big Money?

I came across this at Northwest Folklife today and had to share it. If you haven't heard of i1329, it is an initiative that aims to give government full control over political spending. While that may sound like a great idea, it doesn't take a genius to see how this quickly becomes the incumbent protection racket. It's already a problem in Washington, the laws are so complex that you practically can't run for office without spending weeks researching rules and regulations that affect candidates.

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Precinct Committee Officer Phone Bank

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I took part in my first PCO Revolution phone bank event yesterday, and wow, these guys are great. (Full disclosure: I run a little tech consulting operation that provides database and mailing support services for many Republican liberty style campaigns, including PCO Revolution.) They are all passionate volunteers working to restore the power to the grassroots by informing regular citizen voters of their duty to run for Precinct Committee Officer.

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Port of Seattle: Formal Investigation opened on misuse of funds

Letter from Public Disclosure Commission opening Case 14-006

Just days before the general election, I accused 4 incumbent port commissioners of misusing public funds. Since then, it has been all quiet from the Public Disclosure Commission, and with the exception of the Seattle Times, the press as well. Now, just days after the election being certified with blowouts for all the incumbents involved, the Washington Public Disclosure Commission has opened a formal investigation.

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Seattle Police Cameras - The Stranger joins the fight!

It seems a somewhat credible news source finally agrees with me on the Seattle Police Department Port Security Grant Network. The Stranger front page story this week is investigating the wireless mesh network! I had no connection with The Stranger story, but I am an obscure blogger investigating the wireless mesh.

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Port of Seattle: Millions of public dollars funneled into incumbents' campaigns

If there is one thing our Port Commissioners are good at, it is on doing things that benefit themselves. If you'll remember back to March, the port commissioners gave themselves a massive pay raise. Well it doesn't stop there! Now they have given themselves $2.5 million dollars worth of advertising at the Sea-Tac airport! For comparison, in the most expensive commission campaign ever, Bill Bryant spent $365,680.86 to get himself re-elected.

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End of my port commissioner campaign, Endorsing Pete Lewis

The primary has come and gone now. Thanks to all your dedication and support I received just over 42,000 votes, more than any other liberty candidate on the ballot in this election. Unfortunately, the results were not as good as expected. I came in just 3% short of second place, the cutoff to appear on the general election ballot. Hopefully with your future support, we will move Liberty on to the general election and to victory.

Now that the general election is upon us, I'd like to urge you to vote for the one candidate I think can still bring much needed change to the Port of Seattle. I have meet Mayor Pete Lewis several times over my campaign and I feel he is the only remaining candidate who isn't running provide kickbacks to his employer or to advance his career. Pete knows what we need to change at the port to bring jobs to the Puget Sound region, and he has the political experience to know how to do it. Please join me in voting for Mayor Lewis. Let's bring his experience of running a cost effective, responsive city to the Port of Seattle.

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Andrew For Port in 30 Seconds: Why you should vote now!

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Port of Seattle: Investors are losing confidence in our seaport

Photo of empty Port of Seattle Container Terminals

Yesterday a story broke on yet another downgrade in the port's bond rating, this time from stable to negative by Moody’s Investors Service. Investors are losing confidence, can we really keep doing the same things we've been doing for the past 100 years? We need new ideas, and new leadership to ensure our port is competitive in the twenty-first century. That is why I'm running for port commission.

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Sea-Tac Minimum Wage: What are we trying to accomplish?

Just over a week ago, I was at the Stranger with my fellow Port of Seattle Commissioner Position 3 candidates and the question of minimum wage came up. Both of my opponents are for increasing the minimum wage to $15, but I am not. It's not because I don't care about the minimum wage workers, actually that couldn't be more from the truth. Today I'm going to explain my views on minimum wage and why I believe it shouldn't be treated as a welfare program.

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