Afternoon Jolt: Monorail and Monotheism
The day's winners and losers.
Today's first loser: The monorail.
In an apparent violation of state election law, the Century Transportation Company, the political group set up to promote a new monorail from West Seattle to downtown to Ballard, has gathered signatures for a November ballot measure, but has not filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission as a political committee promoting a specific ballot measure.
According to its PDC reports, CenTran has spent more than $17,500 since April for "circulation expenses" and "circulation management," but has not registered as an election campaign. (The campaign has to register with the state but, because it would create a new transportation benefit district at the state level, would not have to register with the city.)
"They may need to amend their registration if they're focused on a particular [ballot] measure," PDC spokeswoman Lori Anderson says. "If they're gathering signatures, that would be a point that for sure they would need to register" as a campaign committee, Anderson continues.
Campbell has not yet returned a message seeking comment.
Today the group had a luncheon organized by the political consulting firm Strategies 360 to discuss "this project and the social media and media campaign being proposed by" Strategies 360, according to an invitation sent out to supporters.
Today's second loser: Mars Hill Church.
If you've been following the local news, you probably know that Mars Hill Church, the Ballard-based evangelical congregation headed up by controversial (and arguably homophobic and sexist) pastor Mark Driscoll, has been going through some tough times lately.
In addition to the news that Driscoll apparently misspent more than $200,000 in church funds to promote his latest book and "bullied" congregation members who disagreed with his preaching, today the church announced that it will no longer be sponsoring its "Jesus Festival" in Redmond's Marymoor Park.
Even more embarrassing? In its promotional materials for the "Jesus Festival," which are still online, Mars Hill describes the park, which is more than 15 miles outside the city, as being in Seattle.
The geographical mismatch echoes the church's equally tone-deaf promotion for its location at Fifth and Madison, which, according to Mars Hill, put it in close proximity to "those who are infected by AIDS" on Capitol Hill.
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