September 15, 2006
Sewer of Corruption (XX)

The "Northwest Progressive Institute" blog reports on Mrs. Gregoire's talk at last night's fundraiser for Darcy Burner

The Governor [sic] ended her remarks by announcing a surprise, instant auction to raise money for Darcy Burner. She offered a dinner for two at the Governor's Mansion in December and kicked off the bidding at $100. The winning bid ended up being nearly $4,000.
Interesting. That could be a violation of state ethics laws on "Use of persons, money, or property for private gain" and "Use of public resources for political campaigns".

Richard Pope has filed an ethics complaint.

I have a call into Mrs. Gregoire's office for comment.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at September 15, 2006 03:06 PM | Email This
Comments
1. OMG. Can anyone say "Clinton Rerun" How much can she raise by letting multiple people stay in different rooms.
OMG, when I read this my mouth dropped wide open and I started to smell red meat.

Posted by: The Black Hand on September 15, 2006 03:22 PM
2. Isn't this the same Governor that paid off Super Bowl bets with TAXPAYER MONEY!!!

Posted by: Pacific Grove Phlash on September 15, 2006 03:24 PM
3. This woman is absolutely without morals. She wants to raise money for state judges she wants to keep on the bench and now wants to raise money to put candidates in power. She is doing everything she can to grab more power in this state. Hopefully people will wise up to this nonsense and do everything to stop it. Honestly though, I'm not holding my breath.

Posted by: Dave G on September 15, 2006 03:26 PM
4. Like the Lincoln bed fiasco. Do we have an equivalent WA native chief's wife bed to sleep in? Might be a long house or tepee. Winner brings own cigar? (eeewwww!) Caeser-ett fiddles. Rome burns. What happened to my state?! Final insult to injury--an illegal alien will win the raffle.

Posted by: jimmie-howya-doin on September 15, 2006 03:29 PM
5. winner--please give the winning ticket to Stefan or someone at the top of Gov's Rightwing List! will they make it through the bread course without tossing a roll? hmmm--will she serve the things in her shopping cart on the commercial in which she appeared? and her mansion servers? all have valid SSN's?

Posted by: jimmie-howya-doin on September 15, 2006 03:37 PM
6. So you know that the second Richard Pope filed this that your case was lost, right? Richard sucks, and his record of losing PDC complaint after PDC complaint (not to mention election after election) shows that you don't stand a chance. Grow up.

Posted by: Willis on September 15, 2006 03:39 PM
7. Two weeks ago I was on a Washington State Ferry and as we pulled away from the dock I was shocked to hear the public address system featuring Governor Chris Gregoire welcoming the passengers. What shameless self promotion and corruption of gubenatorial power.

Now she's auctioning off dinners at the Governor's mansion, meals and accomodations paid for by state taxpayers, and benefitting a Democrat running for US Congress. Sorry Chris, but there are not only PDC prohibitions on doing this but FEDERAL ELECTION LAWS as well. And to think she was Attorney General of our state for how long? Give me a break. Give us Dino Rossi!

Posted by: Banshee on September 15, 2006 03:42 PM
8. What happens to the money if Gregoire is no longer the governor in December?

Posted by: Don on September 15, 2006 03:57 PM
9. WOW. These people are really, really stupid. The first thing one thinks of is that this could be a possible impropriety. I mean a sitting goovernor auctioning a diiner in the governor's mansion. Does she think it is her property? Wouldn't she run this past a lawyer or a PR agent first? And even if it is legal, it does not have come across as being proper form for a governor. Best just to avoid.

Darcy is so doomed. You just can't make this stuff up.

Posted by: Jeff B. on September 15, 2006 04:06 PM
10. I love it.

"Richard sucks,..."

followed by:

"Grow up."

Posted by: rickyragg on September 15, 2006 04:08 PM
11. WOW!

Dear illegitimate queen chrissy, how do you have time for commercials, ferry psa's, dictating to pharmacists, buying judges and whoring the mansion in between all those 'trade missions'?

Posted by: Cheryl on September 15, 2006 04:15 PM
12. The term "Ethics" and "Democrat" do not belong in the same sentence.

Posted by: Right Wing Wacko on September 15, 2006 04:36 PM
13. Since you state that Mrs. Gregoire is not actually governor, how can this be an ethics violation (sic)?

But seriously, despite your lack of credibility in anything Gregoire-related, this sounds like an outrageous ethics violation. I look forward to hearing Gregoire's side of the story.

Posted by: Bruce on September 15, 2006 04:43 PM
14. I look forward to hearing Gregoire's side of the story. -Posted by Bruce at September 15, 2006 04:43 PM

{/eye roll}... I suspect you'll be waiting a very long time for the queen to explain herself... she is the queen you know and her actions dare not be questioned.

Posted by: Cheryl on September 15, 2006 05:05 PM
15. what's a "Darcy Burner"?

Posted by: turtleishappy on September 15, 2006 05:10 PM
16. turtleishappy 15. what's a "Darcy Burner"?

Definition: A wanna be liberal canidate that burns up thousands of out of state liberal dollars on a wasted campaign.

Posted by: TrueSoldier on September 15, 2006 05:19 PM
17. I predict major backpedalling by Gregoire. I bet she will issue a statement saying that the dinner was not going to be held at the Governor's mansion. That it was to be a private dinner in her off time with her husband and the auction winner, etc. Or she will just cancel the whole thing and say that she was not aware of any impropriety and she never meant to violate any RCW.

If nothing else this shows and incredible lack of judgment on Gregoire's part. How could she not envision that this would be the topic of conservative scorn?

I am friends with a person who spent a lot of time with Gregoire in an official capacity. That person said that she is a difficult person, not very friendly and apt to make awkward judgement calls. Now I see what my friend meant.

Posted by: Jeff B. on September 15, 2006 05:24 PM
18. So if Darcy accepts the illegally raised money knowingly is she in violation of fundraising laws as well?

Posted by: Huh? on September 15, 2006 05:41 PM
19. "No state officer or state employee may use or authorize the use of facilities of an agency, directly or indirectly, for the purpose of assisting a campaign for election of a person to an office or for the promotion of or opposition to a ballot proposition. Knowing acquiescence by a person with authority to direct, control, or influence the actions of the state officer or state employee using public resources in violation of this section constitutes a violation of this section. Facilities of an agency include, but are not limited to, use of stationery, postage, machines, and equipment, use of state employees of the agency during working hours, vehicles, office space, publications of the agency, and clientele lists of persons served by the agency."

Are these people truely this ignorant of the laws they are sworn to uphold?

And she was our top legal official in this state for how many years?

My guess is that dinner is going to cost the democratic party alot more than the $4000 it is taking in.

We'll be watching this one!

Posted by: gs on September 15, 2006 06:46 PM
20. Too bad we don't have a Lincoln bedroom at the Governor's Mansion....

Posted by: mark on September 15, 2006 07:28 PM
21. Hey she is a slimeball lawyer what do you expect honesty? she has lived off of the public all of her life so who are we to complain after all we elected her next time change your votes

Posted by: earnest rhewault on September 15, 2006 07:29 PM
22. If Jeb Bush had made an offer like this in a Florida House race, it would be all over the front page of the NYTimes by the next morning, followed by editorials demanding an investigation and would probably not go away until he resigned! But, I'm sorry to say, outside of those who read Sound Politics no one in Washington State will know a thing about it. Can you say "double standard"?

Posted by: suzihomemaker on September 15, 2006 07:29 PM
23. I can hear the excuse now...

As the inventor of the internet, divinity school dropout, law school flunk out, pampered daddy's boy, Vietnam "vet" escorted by personal security detail, "Love Story" inspiration, new age "global warming" wannabe scientist and scaremonger, documented serial exaggerator, earth tone wearing beta male Algore says,

"No controlling legal authority!"

Posted by: Obi-Wan on September 15, 2006 08:01 PM
24. ok--i admit it--went over to the dark side--forget the Lincoln Bedroom WA state equivalent--

i'd love to contribute big $$ to have the queen push me fast as hell in a shopping cart (from her official commercial) like the ghetto kids did, down some busy street; whaa-hoo! down a steep Seattle hill!

then, when I hit a late-model BMW SUV broadside, she takes off running & laughing like hell & I'm the only dufus arrested & booked.

BUT--my friends tape it all & put it on the internet; it "leaks" & plays during Oct & NOV voting season; like a "Bobbe light"--hit & run, sans booze

Posted by: jimmie-howya-doin on September 15, 2006 08:12 PM
25. Sounds like the Lincoln Bedroom scandal. Maybe she forgot (I HOPE that's what it was!) that this was unethical. I'm not for nuisance complaints, but frankly this one deserves an ethics complaint. It's wrong.

Posted by: Michele on September 15, 2006 08:19 PM
26. suzi's right.

The PDC will decline to investigate. Local "media" will decline to report. It will all blow over.

Reminds me of how one mob family in NYC used to transfer money. They had this little old lady in her 70's carry about $70,000 in cash from Point A to Point B, several blocks away. She was unarmed. She carried the cash in a paper shopping bag. It was the same route every week. Everyone knew who she was, and what she was carrying. No one ever touched her.

And that was the point. They could have had a couple of thick-necked goons do it, each loaded down with half a dozen pistols under his jacket, but they didn't, because that wouldn't have reinforced the point they wanted to make: "We're the mafia. And we just wanted you to remember that."

I think of that whenever King Ron and Queen Christine pull cr*p like this in broad daylight.

Posted by: TB on September 15, 2006 08:21 PM
27. Ha ha! I love watching you puddy-heads work each other up into a raving frenzy! You've got nothing on the Governor and you'll all be the last to know it!

The supposedly applicable (not really) law was cited @ 19. So tell me gs, exactly what "agency" of the state government does the Governor's mansion belong to? None! Which items on that list would a donor be making use of? None! Did you really believe that Richard Pope's third-rate legal mind was sharper than Governor Gregoire's?

Oh one more thing, when Reichert's friend the President came and spent $400,000 in taxpayer dollars to fly to Seattle with three planes and then cost local taxpayers an additional $100,000 in police and traffic redirection, he raised less than $300K for Reichert. Was that story printed in the conservative-dominated media? Of course not!

Posted by: Sorry Charlie on September 15, 2006 08:32 PM
28. Hey gs, thanks for editing the following out of the law that you cited:

(2) This section shall not apply to the following activities:
...
(c) Activities that are part of the normal and regular conduct of the office or agency;


An example of such at the Governor's Mansion might be... um... I don't know... dinner! Ha ha, eat that losers!

Posted by: Sorry Charlie on September 15, 2006 08:58 PM
29. Relax--nothing the fraudulently-elected woman occupying the governor's mansion could do or say for Burner could help or hurt her chances--she's unelectable.

Gregoire is a such a pitiful soul. I really feel sorry for her. She wants to be liked, she wants to be seen as a competent, compassionate leader. Instead, she is the jealous queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Posted by: Organization Man on September 15, 2006 10:01 PM
30. Sorry Charlie @ 28...
You think that eating dinner is part of the normal and regular conduct of the office or angency????? I don't think eating dinner is listed in the job description for Governor.

Posted by: Chris on September 15, 2006 10:48 PM
31. Sorry charlie....
this thought makes me throw up but it may be possible that she also has sex in the Governors mansion... is it ok if she auctions a quicky off to the highest bidder?

Posted by: Chris on September 15, 2006 10:51 PM
32. And, I missed the part of the law that indicates campaign fund raising is an "Activity that is part of the normal and regular conduct of the office or agency." Could any of you point me to the part of her description where she is authorized to use the Mansion for fundraising as a normal and regular part of her conduct as governor?[p]Didn't think so[/p]

Posted by: Hinton on September 15, 2006 11:28 PM
33. Charlie:

"Hey gs, thanks for editing the following out of the law that you cited:

(2) This section shall not apply to the following activities:
...
(c) Activities that are part of the normal and regular conduct of the office or agency;"

Since when are activities surrounding this Offering up of the mansion as a Political Contribution normal and regular conduct of the office or agency?

Only in Queen Gregoire's World!


Posted by: GS on September 16, 2006 01:25 AM
34. for all you guys & girls out there in the financial & legal world bund by ethics rules with teeth: whatever happened to that phrase "APPEARANCE of impropriety" that you are to avoid? bad move on this one--either by Gov or some intern-advisor

Posted by: jimmie-howya-doin on September 16, 2006 08:20 AM
35. It's Ok everyone, the PDC that was appointed by the governor will rule as told.

Darcys "people" have gotten way out in front of this issue. In todays paper they said that they wouldn't accept any of the $4,000 from the unidentified contributor "should the PDC rule it was inappropriate". Nice to know that Darcy can think for herself, HA. Maybe she's taking her lead from the Patty Murray school of Abramoff Tribal Donations refund policy.

Posted by: Huh? on September 16, 2006 08:42 AM
36. no problem here IF--she agrees to the terms: winner of dinner eats with Gov et al in a Tent City or illegal alien's hovel in some brier patch or under a freeway underpass with a burn barrel & bums; let her get a taste of ALL her subjects, not just the lords & ladies in the shire;

Posted by: jimmie-howya-doin on September 16, 2006 11:08 AM
37. I'm sure when it finally dawns on our genius Governess that she's in violation of the law for utilizing the mansion for illegal fund raising; her great legal mind will kick in. She will drop the proposed dinner at the mansion and instead have the meal delivered to the winning party by the Washington State Police. She'll defend this new approach as being part of the state funded "Meals On Wheels" program.

Posted by: John B on September 16, 2006 03:44 PM
38. ok-ok--have the raffle; but--no dinner in the Gov palace;

winner wins 1 can beans and 1 pack hot dogs; must eat them cold & ponder about our WA servicemen & women fighting for OUR freedom in some hellhole abroad who are probably eating c-rations;

then, take the remaining $$$ next day and go to a vet's hospital in WA and buy some treats for the sick--maybe a book, maybe something to cheer an injured vet/soldier; a simple "thank you" gesture

THAT would blow MY pants off and make ME elect an official who did that--political party notwithstanding! anybody up for it?

Posted by: jimmie-howya-doin on September 16, 2006 04:18 PM
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