The Anti-Constantine Ad: It's Brutal.

By Erica C. Barnett October 16, 2009

As we reported yesterday, a group calling itself the King County Leadership Fund has paid Olympia consultant Stan Shore to produce TV ads opposing King County Executive candidate Dow Constantine. (Shore is a GOP consultant who has done work for the Senate Republican  Campaign Committee and several Republican candidates in King County).

And here's the ad, which Shore sent us this morning. It's brutal. It attacks Constantine for budget increases at the county, "dip[ping] into the reserve fund," and "threaten[ing] to let the Green River Valley flood" (a reference to emails that surfaced in recent days showing that Constantine has not consistently supported funding the King County flood district).


The ad buy, which apparently cost more than $100,000, was paid for by Bellevue developer (and light rail opponent) Kemper Freeman, the conservative, Freeman-associated Eastside Business Alliance, cell-phone magnate Bruce McCaw (whose company manages the luxury home at the center of an ethics complaint against Hutchison) and the Affordable Housing Council, the political arm of the Building Industry Association of Washington (which opposes regulations on industry and environmental protection laws), and CalPortland, which owns Glacier Northwest, whose gravel mine on Maury Island Constantine has long opposed.

The group is required to file full public disclosure documents with the state Public Disclosure Commission within 24 hours of the ads appearance on TV; Shore says they plan to do so today. Shore says the ads will run on both cable and broadcast TV, including Bravo, Lifetime, Oxygen, CNN, TNT, and AMC.

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