City Hall

Merely Ministerial

By Morning Fizz March 30, 2010



1. The state Public Disclosure Commission has dismissed a complaint filed last year by supporters of unsuccessful King County Executive candidate Susan Hutchison against the campaign for now-County Exec Dow Constantine.

The complaint alleged that Constantine's campaign illegally colluded with a liberal political committee called FAIRPAC, which produced ads connecting Hutchison to anti-abortion-rights politicians like Mike Huckabee. FAIRPAC's treasurer, Jason Bennett, was also the treasurer for Constantine's campaign.

The PDC ruled that Bennett's role in both campaigns was merely "ministerial"—in other words, limited to filing reports, not doing political work. In his letter dismissing the complaint, PDC Assistant Director Doug Ellis wrote that Bennett "had no authority to authorize expenditures or to make decisions on behalf of either Mr. Constantine or FAIRPAC."

2. PubliCola's first-ever PubliQuestion poll asked 681 registered voters their views on Mayor Mike McGinn and the options for replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct. For the results, click here; full cross tabs and demographic info are available for $5 here.

3. This evening, the city council will hold a public hearing on the future of Seattle Center's Fun Forest, which the Howard Wright family (owners of the Space Needle) wants to turn into a Dale Chihuly museum. (Council member Jean Godden opines against the idea here). If you're interested in the future of the Center (or if you just love or hate glass art), the meeting's at 6:30 pm in Seattle Center's Center House, Conference Room A.

4. Our former Stranger colleague Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, who now runs Seattlecrime.com, has a weekly gig on KOMO radio (AM 1000), every Monday morning at 9:15 am. Tune in online here.



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