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Republican Consultant Likely to Produce Pro-Mallahan Mail

By Erica C. Barnett August 31, 2009

Seattle Firefighters Union Local 27 is likely to pay Republican consultant Bruce Boram to produce mail on behalf of mayoral candidate Joe Mallahan, the president of the firefighters union confirms.

Local 27 president Kenny Stuart would not directly confirm that his union, along with the Seattle Police Officers Guild, planned to hire Boram to do a mailer on behalf of Joe Mallahan (whom both groups plan to endorse later this week, as the Seattle Times noted on Friday), but said he sees "no reason why we would switch" from Boram's company, Laurus Associates.

The firefighters and SPOG have put out two Boram-produced mailers so far this year: One on behalf of Nick Licata challenger Jessie Israel...

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... and one for Position 4 candidate Sally Bagshaw.

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"I have no reason to think we're going to work with anybody else," Stuart says. "What we are looking for (in an independent expenditure consultant) is that we are honest, straightforward, state our principles, and get our message across. We've been very happy with [Laurus]."

Boram has worked for the Washington State Republican Party, GOP Congressman Dave Reichert (R-8), and (infamously) against Democratic AG candidate Deborah Senn.

Mallahan spokeswoman Charla Neuman hadn't heard anything about the probable independent expenditure, but that's not surprising: Groups that do independent expenditures on behalf of candidates are prohibited by law from collaborating directly with the candidates.
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