Why would a candidate for the state Senate need a $150,000 campaign war chest in a race in which her opponent is spending no more than $5,000? Why would she need that kind of money in a district in which the opposition party hasn’t garnered more than 40 percent of the vote in recent memory? What could be the purpose of all that money, most of it being from corporate interests? Clearly it isn’t needed to win any sort of election. But what it does do is curry favor. When those interests come looking for tax breaks for their businesses, it makes it much more likely that their views will be supported in the Washington State Senate. Especially when said candidate already has a record of supporting corporate tax breaks.
What should be frustrating to the voter is that this same senator has so consistently resisted raising taxes to adequately fund schools that our legislature now stands in contempt of the Washington Supreme Court. Tax give aways in one area without revenue increases in another mean that education Peter is robbed to pay corporate Paul. Sharon Brown is not good for the people of the 8th LD. Vote for Doug McKinley.