A new conservative PAC has begun firing off fundraising letters and buying facebook ads in Whatcom County. How do I know? They sent a fundraising letter to me, of course.
SAVE Whatcom is a political action committee composed of the usual conservative activists. Chet Dow, Lorraine Newman, Steve Moore and Delaine Clizbe are involved as organizers, while the Saturday Morning lineup of KGMI – Kris Halterman and Dick Donahue are churning out content for their website and Orphalee Smith serves as treasurer.
I received a fundraising letter from them filled with extravagant formatting choices and fear-mongering over lost jobs. You can click on the image to read it in more detail.
SAVEWhatcom has also set up a website (check it out here) and a facebook page where they have been grasping at straws over a resolution the Whatcom Democrats passed in July. The resolution, which was requested by representatives of the Lummi Nation, is a statement of support for the Lummi’s sacred lands and includes this line, “We propose and support the rejection of all industrial, commercial and residential uses of the remaining natural lands and waters on and adjacent to Cherry Point.”
Similar to Mitt Romney’s fixation on the “You Didn’t Build That” line, this PAC in conjunction with a Whatcom Republican’s press release and numerous repetitions on KGMI, is trying to make hash over that statement. Specifically focusing on the “rejection of all industrial, commercial and residential uses” and ignoring the “remaining natural lands and waters.” The SAVE Whatcom PAC is filled with references to Whatcom County becoming Detroit, and anti-job extremists.
Naturally, this PAC has endorsed an identical slate as the Whatcom Republicans. The real question remains if they will raise any money, where that money will come from and how it will be spent. They filed their PDC paperwork so this PAC can continue to function year after year, as opposed to folding up shop at the end of 2013, so who knows what kind of legs this organization might have.
Personally, it seems a little extreme to focus a whole political campaign around one sentence from basically a strongly-worded letter by the Whatcom Democrats three months ago, but then again, if you have nothing else to run on . . .