This letter, documenting numerous violations by the Seattle Channel of city (and state) laws against using public facilities to assist political campaigns, has been sent today to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission.
The local media has been all over the so-called "Strippergate" scandal, where a local strip club owner has been accused of illegally funneling some $39,000 in campaign contributions last year to the re-election campaigns of three City Councilmembers. The Seattle Channel, on the other hand, is a city agency with an annual budget of $1.8 million. A lot of its resources appear to be used to advance the campaigns of various city, state and federal candidates and ballot measures. Hopefully, the press and the SEEC will give this massive misuse of tax dollars at least as much attention as they have given to Strippergate.Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at October 13, 2004 10:45 AM | Email This