ARE NON-POLITICAL FUNDRAISERS FOR POLITICIANS ETHICAL???

Certainly, anyone can give a money within the legal limits for political contributions as can groups for the most part as a result of the US Supreme Court case in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. There is some accountability attached to actual political contributions from the standpoint of documenting and reporting however there is no accountability attached to “Fundraisers” which benefit Politicians from a personal financial perspective and the question in my mind is “Should there be?”. Money of course has always bought influence in our political system and when one thinks about money and politics some people conjure up images of FBI surveillance video showing some politician taking a cash bribe. I’m certainly not saying that non-political fundraisers represent some type of bribe and they don’t necessarily buy influence but in my opinion they sure don’t look good because there is no way of telling where and how the contributions were actually spent, something that appears to be a philanthropic endeavor may be just that and the contributions may well have been spent the way they were intended but there is really no way of telling without the politician benefactor being transparent as to exactly how the money was spent.

Generally, you don’t run across many non-political Fundraisers for politicians, but I did run across this one which is a “Fundraiser for Dez’s Medical Expenses”.

https://www.facebook.com/donate/586032255402075

As you can see from the fundraiser page “Dez” is the dog of Spokane Valley Council Member and Deputy Mayor Brandi Peetz and her husband Chad Peetz. The individual who initiated the fundraiser is a gal by the name of Carla Blazek whom I’ve heard nothing but good things about. Carla like myself is a dog lover and has done fundraisers for various dog related causes including local law enforcement K9 Units so there is nothing unusual about this particular fundraiser for “Dez” and I’m very happy to see “Dez” is doing well.

The big question as I see it regarding fundraisers like this one is could they end up being a not so good thing should the contributions go to someone that isn’t particularly ethical who ends up spending the money on a new boat, car, or remodeling project, etcetera and do they buy influence for the contributors. At a minimum I just don’t think it looks good, and appearances count in the political game.

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A TWOFER DAY FOR MATT SHEA!!!

February 9, 2020 marks another “Twofer Day” for Matt Shea in the Spokesman Review, two stories in one day about Matt Shea one by Chad Sokol and one by Jim Camden, both kind of interesting if you have been following the Matt Shea issues.

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/feb/09/a-look-at-rep-matt-sheas-legal-career-recently-lai/

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/feb/09/democrats-split-on-any-action-regarding-shea/

The interesting things to me in the Sokol story were these statements;

“In an email, attorney Marshall Casey said he’s downsizing his office and going into business with attorney Jim Sweetser, who served a term as Spokane County prosecutor in the 1990s.”

“I’m in the process of that transition,” Casey wrote. “ I needed to downsize my office for the transition and I let (Shea) and my assistant go. I may rehire my assistant through the transition of my office since I may need the help.”

“Shea’s personal finance statements submitted to the Public Disclosure Commission show he had been earning between $24,000 and $47,999 per year from Casey’s firm – relatively little, for a lawyer. (The PDC form requires lawmakers to select income ranges, not give precise salary figures.) That’s on top of the $52,766 he makes as a legislator.”

What was interesting about those statements is that it is old news and something I followed up on right away when convicted bank robber with drug and psychological issues, Tanner Rowe Crew Member, and Ozzie Knezovich sycophant Keith Carpenter made this Facebook post about 9 weeks ago.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1564228930331669/permalink/2630633787024506/

(Looks like some of Keith Carpenter’s posts have since been deleted…you have to be quick with these folks! 😊)

Even though Mr. Carpenter’s credibility could be in question the public statements he made regarding a Grand Jury being is being conveined {sp} on Shea.”, and “Shea’s law partner kicked him out today” an investigative reporter has to take a look at that kind of stuff, so I did and contacted Marshall Casey. Who told me his move had been planned for well over a year and the Rampart Report had nothing to do with his decision to move, when I mentioned to Mr. Casey that it looked like there was a possibility his office was being surveilled he indicated he wouldn’t be surprised. Mr. Casey also told me he was surprised I was the first reporter to contact him about the move. ( Chad Sokol, or any other can check with Mr. Casey to see if my characterization of the interaction I had with Mr. Casey is accurate).  I also checked with sources to find out there was in fact a Grand Jury going on regarding Shea and was unable to establish that this was/is.

I thought this statement in the story was also interesting;

“Casey declined to say whether he had any concerns about the findings of the House-commissioned investigation or about Shea’s involvement in armed confrontations with federal agents, such as the 2016 standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.”

I would think that the Washington State Court’s Rules of Professional would prohibit Mr. Casey from commenting publicly on any concerns he may or may not have about another lawyer. That is the kind of stuff you do privately over a glass of Whiskey. 😊

“Shea’s personal finance statements submitted to the Public Disclosure Commission show he had been earning between $24,000 and $47,999 per year from Casey’s firm – relatively little, for a lawyer. (The PDC form requires lawmakers to select income ranges, not give precise salary figures.) That’s on top of the $52,766 he makes as a legislator.”

It is always a good idea for reporters to check Candidates F-1s submitted to the PDC as they are signed under the penalty of Perjury. Here is one that might need some looking into since it appears Brandi Peetz neglected to report some things.

https://examplepro.me/2020/01/08/the-wick-peetz-plan-and-the-city-of-spokane-valley-budget/

“There are others who feel that he’ll be a martyr whatever we do … and we have an obligation to speak out and take action,” Jinkins said. “We’re in the place of trying to navigate what we want to do.”

I’m wondering if the “split” in Jim Camden’s story “House Democrats split on any action regarding Shea” has anything to do with some of the information, including from witnesses which contradicts the Rampart Report has anything to do with the possibility that if there was some type of name clearing hearing it would make a whole bunch of people Democrat and Republican alike look real bad.

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IT’S THE CULTURE STUPID!!!

To somewhat coin a phrase used by James Carville during one of the Clinton campaigns.

The good Cops frustrated with the Culture at the Spokane Police Department once again risk retaliation and bring their concerns to me about a case they were concerned would be swept under the rug by Mayor Nadine Woodward’s Chief of Police Craig Meidl much like the attempt to cover-up the Dan Lesser and other cases that I’ve been able to expose with the help of Good Cops and others.

This time the case involves excessive viewing of pornography using SPD equipment while on duty.

I will not get into all of the details I’m aware of regarding the case here and will only at this point provide a copy of the email I sent to OPO Bart Logue, whom I am sure was not made aware of the case and only learned about it from me.

To be clear, the restrictive OPO Ordinance allows SPD to keep Internal IA Investigations such as this one from the OPO and without someone bringing those Internal IA Cases to the OPO’s attention he likely would never know.

Why would SPD try and sweep something like this under the rug? The answer is pretty obvious, if the Public were to find out that yet another example of SPD’s treatment of women exists it would just add to the other black eyes they have received on similar issues including the conviction of former SPD Officer Gordon Ennis and the aftermath of that case with other SPD Officers receiving punishment.

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/jun/04/ex-spokane-police-officer-convicted-of-rape-claims/

Aside from the Ennis case SPD has a history of shoddy rape investigations for which some Officers have received Bad Boy Letters.

Beyond SPD’s treatment of women there is also the issue of staffing and workload which according to SPD is so bad they can’t handle all the work. Obviously if a Cop has time to watch porn on duty in a way which has been described to me as “excessive” he at least needs more work to do and the question arises as to how many others need the same.

Many of the Good Cops who were hoping for a Culture Change are frustrated with new Mayor Woodward as she is giving no indication she will get rid of Craig Meidl the Karl Thompson Salute Participant who former Mayor Condon manipulated and orchestrated the hiring of. In their view as well as mine no changes at he top means no changes in CULTURE.

You might ask why Jacquelyn MacConnell the former Phoenix Police Officer who was hired by SPD as the Director of Strategic Initiatives overseeing the Spokane Police Department’s IA Unit and who is supposed to provide a “Civilian Voice” to the IA Process is pictured above, the reason is simple Public Records demonstrate she did all she could to mitigate the Dan Lesser video, and she being a woman should have at least some concern about the conduct of Officer Cole. Since the OPO and the Public now knows what is going on it will be pretty hard to try and mitigate this one and it is her responsibility to make sure this one is properly investigated and proper discipline if that is where the evidence leads is given.

Cam Zorrozua, whom I have a lot of respect for is quoted as making this statement in SR Reporter Jared Brown’s recent story.

“Center for Justice staff attorney Cam Zorrozua said Bugbee’s rationale makes sense, given how people who have had violent interactions with the police might fear retaliation.

“I would not blame any individual for not coming forward, for self preservation,” Zorrozua said.”

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/jan/16/spokane-police-officers-kick-on-handcuffed-suspect/

Cam Zorrozua is exactly right regarding Citizen coming forward, but also consideration has to be given to the Good Cops who come forward and the retaliation they can count on because of SPD’s Culture.

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/jul/10/wanted-trust-in-spokane-police-force/

https://www.inlander.com/Bloglander/archives/2017/08/10/spokane-police-hunt-for-internal-leaker-fails-undermines-other-efforts-toward-transparency

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/nov/01/shawn-vestal-initial-internal-reviews-watchdog-ass/

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“The Event”

After suffering through yet another Ozzie Knezovich and Jay Pounder Sheriff’s Report Anti-Shea Podcast, I am still unable to establish exactly what “The Event” is as far as Jay Pounder is concerned. Was it when he was finally able to get the MSM to listen to his story about Matt Shea? Is the ongoing battle his way of reaching out to, “Patriots who each and every day dedicate their lives to waking up the hearts and minds of the American people.”, and each new story or podcast is a part of “The Event”? Is his Anti-Shea Crusade a part of his disdain for government? Or is it simply a matter of Jay Pounder, like John Smith having a book in the works bout delivering us from evil?

I have my own theory about “The Event” put that theory has more to do with troubling psychological issues then Matt Shea, the Government, or the Economy.

Some might be wondering what the heck I’m talking about; well it has to do with Jay Pounders old Prepare Spokane Blog which he entitled “The Event”, a blog in which he expressed his opinions about many things including…amazingly “The Art of War”.

http://preparespokane.blogspot.com/2012/06/event.html

One of the interesting things about Jay Pounders old Blog is that it bares a strong resemblance to John Smith’s old Blog which helped to expose Smith’s as of yet bothering him White Supremacist beliefs.

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/jul/14/lawmaker-rejects-views-of-grandfathers-church/

Jay Pounder, being the type wanting to make sure he got the word out even wrote a book about “The Event” entitled “The Pill” which didn’t do too well but perhaps his Matt Shea book will do better…who knows.

I didn’t bother to spend the $9 to buy Pounder’s book, I figured I read and copied enough from his Blog. If you are interested you can read some of it at this link.

A Couple of More Links:

http://preparespokane.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-red-pill.html

http://www.lulu.com/shop/jay-pounder/the-red-pill/paperback/product-20378894.html

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