Posted by: sweeneyblog | July 16, 2014

Republican-Loving Business Group Wants Ericksen Out (MAYBE NOT)

BIG UPDATE: Looks like Enterprise screwed up their filing – the websites that they have purchased are PRO Doug Ericksen, you can view it here. More details to come.

Enterprise Washington is a moderate pro-business group that usually supports Republicans, but this year is contributing to Sen. Doug Ericksen’s opponent, Seth Fleetwood. It is time to dive into the public disclosure records for another edition of follow the money.

Enterprise Washington

Enterprise Washington

Enterprise Washington is using the same trick employed by the coal companies last year, where they funnelled contributions through two different PACs (political action committees) so that all their mailers would not have to say, “paid for by Gateway Pacific Terminals.” In this case, Puget Sound Energy, the Building Industry Association of Washington and the Washington Restaurant Association can cut $25,000 checks to “Enterprise WA JOBSPAC”, who then turn around and donate all that to “People for Jobs, Enterprise Washington,” clearly a completely different organization.

People for Jobs, Enterprise Washington can then spend that money on a wide range of political activities. Last year, they aired some blistering ads aimed at Democrat Nathan Schlicher in Port Orchard ensuring that Republican and ALEC member Jan Angel was elected to the state Senate.

This year, they are once again engaging with the state Senate, supporting a slew of conservative candidates (Andy Hill, Steven O’Ban and Tim Sheldon) and Seth Fleetwood. You can read the filing for their expenditure here, it looks like they bought some domain names and set up a few websites in preparation for an ad blitz.

One could argue that having a functional state Senate IS the pro-business position and that Ericksen’s obstinence (or incompetence)  as committee chair is driving business groups to find a better senator for the 42nd. Enterprise Washington has a history of crossing party lines and supporting Democrats.

In 2010, they sent out mailers on behalf of Kris Lytton, who was in the middle of a three way primary with Larsen staffer Thomas Boucher and Skagit rancher Tom Pasma. Lytton solidly thumped her opposition and cruised to electoral victory that year but I would credit that to her heavy doorbelling efforts and very effective campaign message. There were some sour grapes on the left that accused her of being a corporate democrat in the disguise – a perception that quickly faded once she was elected.

How will Enterprise Washington engage in the 42nd? We will see, but for now, it looks like Ericksen is hemorrhaging support from groups he could normally count on for their support.



  1. GO SETHER!!!!!

  2. This race is huge and Seth is the guy that can “Dump Doug”… Go Seth.

  3. Here is the website they paid for:

  4. “Just in case I wasn’t chosen
    And the Catholics were right

    Here lies a man who will believe
    When it’s convenient to believe”

    Doug at the Gates of Hell – Uncle Bonsai

    Here’s a video of the song with the lyrics.

    • “An idle mind is a wasted mind”-Foxwell J. Sly

  5. Puget Sound Energy as in pinky Vargas?


    It is still unknown which Legislative District Senate Candidate Seth Fleetwood resides in.

    NEW JULY 16th: The residence that Seth Fleetwood now is registered to vote at… happens to be a home up for sale for 1.5 Million Dollars… owned by a Democratic donor who gave $100,000 to Democratic Candidates and causes last year alone!! Does this seem odd to anyone? Let me know by return e-mail.

    There have been concerns about Senate Candidate Seth Fleetwood’s frequent changes in his voting address in the last five months. See below for some of the facts. It will be important to ferret out these issues as the campaign progresses.

    Seth Fleetwood Senate Candidate in the 42nd District. A list of his voting registration addresses since December 2013.

    • Fact: According to Whatcom County Auditor Records at the time, he moved his Voting Registration Address from Palm St in South Bellingham to 17th Street located in the 40th District on Dec. 4th 2013

    • Fact: According to Whatcom County Auditor Records at the time, he moved his voting Registration Address from 17th St in South Bellingham to 6999 Helweg Lane in the Blaine area in the 42nd District on April 29, 2014– The day he announced his run for the Senate in the 42nd Legislative District. There is no evidence that he ever lived there.

    • Fact: According to Whatcom County Auditor Records at the time, he moved his Registration Address from 6999 Helweg Lane in the Blaine area to a home for sale for 1.5 million dollars at 1504 Irving Lane in the Fort Bellingham area of Whatcom County. He did this Registration Address Change on May 15th 2014 the day he filed for office; both the Blaine and North Bellingham addresses are in the 42nd Legislative District. There has been no evidence he has moved there.

    • Fact: A Diane Lookman is also registered to vote at the 1504 Irving Lane Address and one Michael Lookman is the owner of record at the home according to the Whatcom County Assessor Records but is not registered to vote there.

    Is Seth Fleetwood just confused about where he wants to register to vote (generally people move to a place AND THEN change their registration)? Did he ever live at the Blaine Address?

    Does anyone care that his registration process in the 42nd looks contrived and only politically motivated?

  7. California Billionaire provides Millions to Washington State Green Groups.

    Washington Conservation Voters spends nearly $300,000.00 in Whatcom County in 2013 Council Races.

    A stunning Fourth Corner investigation of PDC records reveals how California Billionaire Tom Steyer brought his dollars to Whatcom County Races in 2013. Its as easy as One, Two, Three.

    The First step was creation of an organization where money could be brought into Washington State Politics. The Billionaire chose “NextGen Climate Action Comm Sponsored by Thomas Steyer” as the entry point.

    The Second Step was for Tom Steyer(NextGen) organization to give money to a more local organization to expend the monies. In this case Number 17 on the The Environmental Priorities Coalition List was the recipient. As can be seen, the NextGen gave $275,000 to WA Conservation Voters Action Fund. The Political Action Committee of the Non-Profit WA Conservation Voters.

    Finally in Step Three this money or intermingled money was put to work in Whatcom County to elect a Democratic Party Slate. WA Conversvation Voters Action Fund then passed off the Steyer Money and more in the form of Independent Expenditures to their four Council Candidates.

    Note: The Kathleen Kershner money was in OPPosition not SPT or Support.

    You decide: has the Washington Conservation Voters real mission become just to be a simple funnel for money to only Green Candidates($879,000 in 2012 and $677,262 in 2013) and not the stated mission to make Washington a better place to live?

    • An old saying is “follow the money” and find out where the action is. Except for some questions on whether “NextGen” still exists or not all of the activity seems to have been reported and is tracked back to a man: “Tom Steyer” who has received national media attention for his pledge of One Hundred Million Dollars into National Senate Races against Republicans.

    • Since this $300,000 was donated as an Independent Expenditure by WA Conservation Voters Action Fund: The candidates can disavow any wacko ideas the givers may have.

    • And keep in mind how many lunches $300,000 could buy.

    • The amount of the donation is the difference between the two sides in spending in the last election.

    • If you did not know who Tom Steyer was you should get to know him and his interests as they certainly had an effect on how we will be governed over the next four years.

    Tom Steyer the national figure who brought his campaign money to Whatcom County in 2013 and made it one of the most expensive Council races ever.
    The following stories will have repetitive information in some cases but I wanted to be certain the links work for you.

    Tom Steyer- A good story from the Wall Street Journal
    Tom Steyer- A good Story from the New York Times
    Tom Steyer- A good Story from the Seattle Times

    In Summary the irony of this story is of a former coal and oil investor divesting of those investments in the United States and gaining enormous profits and now investing in Coal in Indonesia and Australia and becoming known as a “Coal King” there.

    He obviously took great pains to block American Coal Exports in Whatcom County and his investment in the 2013 election has certainly slowed if not destroyed the opportunity for the creation of family wage jobs right here in the Fourth Corner.

    There can be no doubt Tom Steyer has used the left and the Extreme Greens to help him control markets and further his profit margins. That too is very ironic to say the least.

  8. Wayne Farber’s approach: Throw as much crap as you can and see what sticks. This is the Tea Party approach too, by the way.

    Walter Haugen’s approach: Shoot a vinegar-soaked arrow. This is the Socratic approach too, by the way.


      Did you know the dementia rate for old Democrat farmers in Ferndale is ten times the national average?

    • Walter Haugen

      Question: Why don’t you refute what I posted?

      Answer (I will take pity and help you out): You can’t.

      Socrates, hahahahaha!!!! Orbis non suffiicit maybe?

      • Did you just rent the latest James Bond movie on Netflix? (For those who are confused about Wayne’s bizarre jibe, “the world is not enough” is the translation of the Latin phrase. Come to think of it, perhaps Wayne is confused too.) Or are you just trying to show off your fancy school larnin’?

      • Walter. thanks for the limp wristed response,

    • Walter Haugen

      I knew Socrates, he was a friend of mine and you are NO Socrates.
      Socrates was endowed with principle, he preferred death over the endorsement of B. S.

      Go have a hot cup of Hemlock Tea, it will calm you down.

  9. Riley,
    love the blog- but of late we’re seeing some good examples of one of the drawbacks of the citizen-journalist model for reporting- a lack of editorial oversight. Please take some time- sit down and watch All the President’s Men (I still recall that from a journalism course) and ponder the role of the editor. Or read some Superman comics and channel your inner Perry White. However you choose to do so, please take the added time needed to nail down facts and figures- and then blog away in your valuable and inimitable style.

    • I verified with the PDC that this was the material they filed – however once I published, I got a response emailed that it was an error on their part.

      You are right, this is the challenge of citizen journalism and something that I will work to fix – it will mean less posts but hopefully higher quality.

      • Good philosophy: Fess up to one’s mistakes and improve the next time. Good show! Ah, I see growth here.

  10. Wayne, knock it off about the address thing. Nobody cares. Seth’s dear, well respected father recently passed away, and it is a transitional period for Seth and Seth’s mother who has now moved to a different part of the county after decades in South Bellingham. So what? So what if Seth is getting settled somewhere new in the 42nd district? He has made it clear that he has a commitment to living in the 42nd. He could change his address ten times within the 42nd and it wouldn’t change a thing.

    Any chance of talking about what policy Seth would do as a legislator, or a discussion that compares Seth to Doug for the job?

    • So, we give him a pass when he is breaking election laws?

      Maybe he should sit this one out and run in 2016 with Elizabeth Warren.

      Policy: I expect him to sponsor a bill banning all plastic bags in Washington.

      Doug vs. Seth: Longtime 42nd District resident vs. 40th District Carpetbagger (a la Hillary Clinton).

      • Um… the part of Bellingham that Seth’s family has lived in for many years was in the 42nd until redistricting moved the lines for the 2012 elections. The district moved. Not Seth. He’s just moving back into the district.

      • Does anyone have the old 40th map vs. the new one? I’m curious what the lines are. I moved at the end of last year and thought I had moved into the 42nd but now I think I’m still in the 40th after looking at the current map.


    • I hardly think that there is a cultural difference between the people living in bellingham in the 40th and those living in the 42nd in bellingham. I don’t think someone should have to have Bill Knutzen’s legacy to be considered for office representing the area…….also the idea that you have to have a life time in an area to be considered, is politically discriminatory towards younger voter/candidates.

      • There is a different political mindset for most voters for sure.

      • What I am saying, is that I don’t think moving half a mile north makes him a Carpetbagger.

    • Thanks Richard. Someone needed to tell of the anguish this true public servant and dedicated family man has lived through recently.

      • Kay,

        My decision, not yours, but thankyou.

        Ads to come.

        If Doug had done the same thing would you have given him a pass? Don’t insult my intelligence by saying NO!

  11. The character of any man is defined by how he treats his mother as the years pass … need I say more about this person below other than there is no character, no integrity, but there is a ton of attitude and arrogance that defines his shallow past and hollow future … I rest my case.

    I bought and read Obama’s book, Audacity of Hope. It was difficult to read considering his attitude toward us and everything American.

    Let me quote a phrase he uses to describe his attitude toward whites. He “harbors a COIL OF RAGE”. His words not mine. This is the current US president. HE IS NOT MY PRESIDENT. He does not represent me nor the real America. Is anyone out there awake?

    Everyone of voting age should read these two books written by him: Don’t buy them , just get them from the library.

    From: Dreams From My Father “I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.”

    From: Dreams From My Father “I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s race.”

    From: Dreams From My Father “There was something about her that made me wary, a little too sure of herself, maybe and white.”

    From: Dreams From My Father “It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.”

    From: Dreams >From My Father “I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa , that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself: the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.”

    And FINALLY … and most scary:

    From: Audacity of Hope “I will stand with the Muslims
    should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

    (Do Benghazi and the recent “prisoner swap” ring a bell?!?)

    Our GREAT nation is being run by someone with this mentality? Keep your eye on him and don’t blink. I don’t care whether you are a Democrat, a Republican, a conservative or a liberal, be aware of the mindset and character of this sitting President.

    • …..See this kind of gets to the heart of what i was talking about with a real conservative….the list of things you have to believe to be a conservative these days

      * that our country is being run by someone who hates white people
      * that our country is being run by a closet Muslim
      * that being Muslim somehow makes you unworthy of elected office
      * that environmentalist are engaging on a conspiracy to (I am unclear of the perceived motive here, that involve convincing people that global warming is real.
      * that poor people are poor because they choose to be
      * that gay people are making a choice to sin, and that somehow getting married will negatively impact straight people’s lives.
      ect ect…..

      the reason that younger voters don’t vote republican is not because we are naive, or lacking perception, it’s because when you look at the platform of beliefs you have you sound crazy.

      now I am kept motivated by one fact, there is one thing that will continue to give me hope…….we will inherit the earth.

      • Mark,

        Did I say anything about Muslims being unworthy of office, the poor or gay people?


        The REASON (some)young voters don’t vote Republican is they want FREE STUFF paid for by the older voters.

      • You implied in your above comment that a. Obama sympathized with Muslims….if that wasn’t your conclusion then why would you mention it?

        and by free stuff you mean education and health care, the same thing that your generation got for 1/5 and 1/3 the cost(compared to 30 years ago), and by free you mean so expensive that in some cases education isn’t cost effective. We could solve our problems your generation did buy running up the national debt. Your parents invested in education, they believed in public works, they built roads and funded science…..and they did so under one of the highest tax rates in history.

        what did your generation do in return? you gave yourself a tax break and cut funding to investments that would benefit anyone other than yourselves. Before you accuse someone of greed, take a good look in the mirror.

  12. the above comment is mine, I am not sure where mark Warner came from.

    • I “implied nothing. Those were quotes from Obama’s campaign book that Bill Ayres wrote for him.

      I am 70 years old so what you say is incorrect except for the high tax rates.

      I paid into Social Security and Medicare for 45 years. I also paid for health insurance premiums for 40 years.

      Most of the national debt has is on Obama’s watch-it has almost doubled in the 5 1/2 years of his failed presidency.

      I served in the U. S. Army for six years with distinction. I paid my dues to society, have you? Maybe you should look in the mirror.

      If you are some Environmental Studies student in his second year at Western I will give you a pass and chalk it up to immaturity.

  13. and how much did you pay for health insurance(average)

    I also pay into social security and Medicare as I have since I was 16, I will continue to, although out of the two of us I am betting your likely to get a better benefit from social security than I will.

    My personal belief is that the three largest driving causes of the national debt are Military, Medical and the bush tax breaks. I only blame Obama for one of those, however I am perfectly willing to blame your generation for all of them.

    I work as an Accountant, I have a minor in economics, although from what I’ve heard Western has a decent Environmental Science(not studies) program.

    my frustration is not for myself, I’ve worked since I was able, I was able to secure the financial aid I need to go to school (family, work and small loans) which gave me the resource to be where I am today, but not everyone has that.

    and when I see people my age who aren’t able to find work or afford college, I don’t think they “want free things paid for them” I think they are looking for the tools that the generation before them had,

    when you were 25, could you pay for college and health care on a full time job?

  14. Devlin – Your big mistake is taking Wayne Farber seriously.

    • HA HA HA HA HA! You are always good for a laugh. Watch out for Obama’s “death panels”, you may be next. 🙂

  15. I too started working after school and on Saturdays at age 16. As far as paying for health insurance that varied bust sometimes was several hundreds of dollars per month when I was older. Whether I go a better deal or not depends on timing and I have no control over that.

    The military has been the primary function of government since the beginning of this country. if cannot defend ourselves then there will be no Liberty and Freedom.

    Bush tax breaks-get over it! We were and still are OVERTAXED because of all the unnecessary Social programs the politicians create to get your vote.

    Western has an Environmental Studies program along with a Woman’s Studies program. I even saw an ad a few months ago that had a job offer for a Queer Studies professor. This is ridiculous. What we need is more guidance for these students so they don’t major in courses that will make them employable. At least you were smart enough to study accounting and economics which led to a good job.

    Why blame my generation, most of us are makers, not takers? We didn’t run up and default and default on trillions of dollar in student loans.

    Secure financial aid? I worked full or part-time through undergraduate and graduate school, took and full course load and graduated summa cum laude with zero debt (no family friend, or student loans).

    When I was 28 I had completed my formal education, my military service and headed for Wall street to begin my successful career and was DEBT-FREE.

    I wish this were true-“I don’t think they want free things paid for them”.

  16. Devlin,

    Sorry for my FAT FINGERED ERROR-CORRECTION: “What we need is more guidance for these students so they don’t major in courses that will make them UN-employable”.

  17. Most of the lengthy comments above have a regrettably extremely low idea to word ratio and are totally irrelevant to the PDC filing info Riley published. Too bad that isn’t grounds for moderating out endless blivvering.

    Riley, could you please clarify your comment: “I verified with the PDC that this was the material they filed – however once I published, I got a response emailed that it was an error on their part.” You may have done so already, but I couldn’t find the details under all the BS.

    • Your opinion is always welcome Wynne but with the proviso that you welcome others.

    • Here is another one:

      Saul David Alinsky (January 30, 1909 – June 12, 1972) was an American community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing. He is often noted for his book Rules for Radicals.

      There are 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a socialist/communist state. The first is the most important.

      1) Healthcare “Control healthcare and you control the people”

      2) Poverty “Increase the Poverty level as high as possible.” Poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

      3) Debt “Increase the national debt to an unsustainable level.” That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

      4) Gun Control “Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government.” That way you are able to create a police state – total local control.

      5) Welfare “Take control of every aspect of their lives” (Food, Livestock, Housing, and Income)

      6) Education “Take control of what people read and listen to take control of what children learn in school.”

      7) Religion “Remove faith in God from the Government and school.”

      8) Class Warfare “Divide the people into the wealthy against the poor. Racially divide.” This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to Tax the wealthy with full support of the voting poor.

      How is the ” low idea to word ratio” Wynne?

    • Basically, Enterprise WA checked the wrong boxes when they turned in the paperwork to the PDC – I saw the original report – they checked the wrong box and wrote that they were opposing Ericksen . . . but the website they bought was PRO Ericksen so it seems like they just screwed up the paperwork.

  18. Saul Alinsky? Are you joking? Really, Wayne, you have GOT to be kidding. I looked at Alinsky’s book when it came ou in 1971 and it was a joke. It was just “Hubris in extremis,” since you are so fond of quasi-latinate mumbo jumbo. Those of us actually working on antiwar activities, political education, teach-ins, selling underground newspapers, starting co-ops, and growing food back then didn’t have time for such nonsense.

    The only people who take Alinsky seriously now are rightwing nutcases. Since there are a few of them who often quote from the book, I recently checked it out from the Whatcom County Library System, just to see what the fascination is. It is still nonsense. I don’t get what the fascination is. Clearly neither the Democrats nor the Progressives are using this as a playbook.

    • I understand that you were, in fact, a member of the Vencenemoros Brigades

      • It was spelled Venceremos.

      • Sorry my bad, but thanks on the confirmation.

    • Thanks, Walter Haugen. Alinsky’s book belongs on the BS bookcase along with the works of Ayn Rand, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Sarah Palin, among many others. All are undoubtedly in Wayne Farber’s bookcase.

      • “the BS bookcase.” I like it!

      • No O’Reilly (although any book he write goes to the top of the NY Times List pronto) and no Hannity.

        Add Thomas Sowell, Ben Carson, Pat Buchanan, Daniel Hannan, Stanely Kurtz, David Horowitz, Mark Levin, William F. Buckley, Jr, Dinesh D’Souza and all the Austrian economic writers. there are many more.

      • Nancy, I am sure you never got beyond the Wizard of Oz.

  19. It is Barack Obama’s BIBLE.

    Did you read Rules For Radicals from cover to cover? Obviously not. Are you going to say that Barack Obama HAS NOT done the “eight levels of control”. If not, you are either ignorant or a prevaricator.

    I love this blog because there is so much low-hanging Progressive fruit to pick. 🙂

    • You just think you are picking it. The rest of us are rolling in the aisles, laughing at your paranoid, repetitive reciting of right-wing talking points.

      • And the rest of us are rolling in the aisles, laughing at your paranoid, repetitive reciting of radical Left-wing talking points. 🙂

      • Wayne – And just who brought up the Rules for Radicals trope? It wasn’t any of those “paranoid lefties.”

      • I brought it up because of its influence on Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Capisce?

  20. “I brought it up because of its influence on Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Capisce?”

    Okay, if you bring something up, don’t whine about it later.

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