LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Andrea Reay responds to Debi Wagner’s response

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:]

To the Editor:

We need municipal leaders who can and will stand up for truth when they see injustice and defend it as an advocate for all of the citizens of Burien. We need leaders who will ask the difficult questions. That is why I am in the race and what my campaign and I have always stood for and what I will continue to stand for as a leader on the council. The citizens of Burien deserve answers and to have access to the truth and information. If we ever hope to come together and move our city forward, we need to do so together, and we need to respect each other and the truth.

There was no press release. The complaint was not filed for any other reason than the fact that the letter of the law should be followed, whether someone is running for office or not. It was filed, when it was filed simply because we only could not make an appointment to view the records until eight days before the election, as outlined in the PDC regulations. If Ms Wagner had chosen full reporting, there would have been no reason to inspect her records, because as mine are, they would all be part of public record. The law is not and never should be a convenience. It exists to ensure fairness and justice. That the “Friends to Elect Debi Wagner” campaign adheres and follows the same laws and regulations that all candidates and elected officials must is why the PDC is investigating “Friends to Elect Debi Wagner”. This was not in any way a personal attack against Ms Wagner. If Ms Wagner had followed PDC regulations, there would have been no need to file a complaint with the PDC, and no article published by the B-Town Blog. Ms Wagner appears to be attempting to deflect from her pending investigation with personal attacks against myself and my campaign consultant. We need leaders who will be held accountable for their actions, and accept responsibility not deflect and attack others. I have not and will not engage in any personal attacks of any kind and will always only focus on the facts and the issues. Transparency, openness and hypocrisy are unfortunately issues we face as a city. It is important to publish and to publish fairly and accurately, the truth. The truth is the only thing my campaign was looking for when we inspected her records and the only thing I defend with this letter.

I was and continue to act on behalf of the citizens of Burien, ensuring that their interests are met and that those who make promises on behalf of the citizens of Burien deliver on those promises. Actions speak louder than words, and I know I’m tired of people saying they are going to do a lot of things and never delivering on those promises. Integrity, as I said in the forum, is built on action. We need leaders who can finally take this city from idea to impact, and we need leaders who know and understand the law, and act with fairness and integrity. I cannot, and will not ever apologize for telling the truth.

Ms Wagner has repeatedly criticized others for a lack of transparency. Now that a complaint has been filed, holding her accountable, she chooses to attack my campaign consultant. Is this an indication of how Ms Wagner will treat citizens who aim to hold her accountable? Can Burien citizens expect a similar witch hunt if they themselves seek to hold her accountable to the law? Here are the rules, please take a moment to review them. I have highlighted the portion of the law that refers to as Ms Wagner indicated in her previous letter that my treasurer, a CPA, should have reported his services in kind. We have and are working hard to ensure we are following both the letter and intent of the law. Burien deserves no less.

Full PDC Mini Reporting Manual can be found here: Mini Campaign Reporting Instruction Manual — May 2013 — PDF (495 KB)

“Reporting Options
Regardless of which option outlined below is chosen, all candidates and political committees must keep accurate, detailed records and make these records available for public inspection during the eight days preceding the primary, general or special election in which they’re participating. (Page 3)

Public Inspection of Campaign Records (page 13)
During the eight days preceding a primary, general or special election, the campaign’s books of account showing all contributions received, expenditures made and outstanding debts must be current within one business day. Further, they must be open for public inspection by anyone who wants to see them. These books must be available for inspection on weekdays beginning on the eighth day before the election (excluding legal holidays) by appointment between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the location designated by the campaign on the registration statement (C-1). The inspection must be allowed within 24 hours of the time and day requested.

The separate list of contributors giving $25 or less does not need to be included with the records available for public inspection. All other “books of account” of the campaign must be current within one business day and be made available for public inspection. The campaign books include its checkbook register and any ledgers, journals or lists identifying contributors (and the date and amount each has given) as well as books showing any outstanding debts (including loans and orders placed but not yet paid). If these types of books are not kept, the campaign is expected to make available the documents that are customarily used to create these books of account; that is, the receipts, invoices, copies of contribution checks, notes or documents regarding orders placed or loans, etc.
2013 public inspection periods:

July 29 – Aug 5 (pre-primary election)

Oct. 28 – Nov. 4 (pre-general election)

Political Advertising (page 14)
“Political advertising” includes any advertising displays, newspaper ads, billboards, signs, brochures, articles, tabloids, flyers, letters, radio or television presentations, or other means of mass communication, used for the purpose of appealing, directly or indirectly, for votes or for financial or other support in any election campaign. [RCW 42.17A.005(36)]

Sponsor Identification (page 15 – 16)
In print ads (newspaper display ads, flyers, brochures, letters, etc.) and ads distributed electronically via computer, to identify the sponsor use the words “Paid for by” or “Sponsored by” followed by the name and full postal mailing address (through zip code) of the sponsor(s). Treasurer’s name is not required. Identification on an envelope used only for mailing purposes is optional, but is not sufficient to meet the sponsor ID requirement. The advertising enclosed in the envelope must be properly identified.

Sponsor ID Size and Placement (page 17)
On written or printed political advertising, the sponsor’s name and address and the candidate’s party preference (if the candidate is seeking partisan office) must:

  • appear on the first page of the communication in at least 10 point type; or
  • for ads such as billboards or posters, appear in type at least 10% of the largest size type used in the ad; and
  • not be screened or half-toned (i.e., not made lighter through some printing or photographic process); and
  • be set apart from any other printed text in the ad.

Monetary and In-Kind Contributions (page 28 – 29)
Volunteer Services
As noted above in the definition of “contribution,” personal services that are commonly performed by campaign volunteers are not considered contributions so long as the individual who performs one or more of these activities is not compensated by any person for the services rendered.

This means that volunteers (who are not paid by anyone for the volunteer tasks they perform) may do certain campaign work without the candidate having to report their services as in-kind contributions.

The Commission has defined “volunteer services” to include:
• Office staffing; • Doorbelling or leaflet drops; • Mail handling (folding, stuffing, sorting and postal preparation); • Political or fundraising event staffing; • Telephone bank activity (conducting voter identification, surveys or polling, and get-out-the-vote campaigns); • Construction and placement of yard signs, hand-held signs or in-door signs; • Chauffeuring for candidate or campaign staff; • Scheduling of campaign appointments and events; • Transporting voters to polling places on election day; • The services of any individual, except an attorney or accountant*, provided that the services donated are solely for the purpose of ensuring compliance with state election or public disclosure laws; • Campaign consulting and management services, polling and survey design, public relations and advertising or fundraising performed by any individual, so long as the individual is not a professional in that field who ordinarily charges a fee or receives compensation for providing those services; and • All similar activities as determined by the Commission.

[*Note that an attorney or accountant may donate his or her professional services to a candidate in order to assist the candidate in complying with state election or PDC laws even if he or she is employed and is receiving payment from his or her employer for the services rendered to the candidate’s campaign, or if the attorney or accountant is self- employed or performing the services without compensation during his or her own time.]

In-Kind Contributions (page 32 – 33)
Monetary contributions are not the only things of value received by campaigns. Frequently, contributors will donate goods and services in lieu of or in addition to their monetary donations.

The contribution’s fair market value is the amount a well-informed buyer or lessee, willing but not obligated to buy or lease, would pay; and what a well-informed seller, or lessor, willing but not obligated to sell or lease, would accept.

Generally, this means the amount the contributor would ordinarily expect to receive if someone were paying him or her to provide the item or service. For example, if a candidate is given materials by a local retail hardware store for the construction of yard signs, an in-kind contribution has been made equal to the current retail sales price of the materials.

However, if the business donating the materials is a wholesale supplier, the in-kind contribution is equal to the amount this wholesaler charges its customers for the materials.

Expenditures and Debts (page 36)

The term “expenditure” includes a payment, contribution, subscription, distribution, loan, advance, deposit, or gift of money or anything of value. It includes a contract, promise or agreement, whether or not legally enforceable, to make an expenditure.

The term “expenditure” also includes a promise to pay, a payment or a transfer of anything of value in exchange for goods, services, property, facilities, or anything of value for the purpose of assisting, benefiting, or honoring any public official or candidate, or assisting in furthering or opposing any election campaign.”

I have chosen to run a fair, open and transparent campaign, in complete compliance, and that’s how I’ll lead on the council. I have deep faith and trust in the intelligence of the voters in Burien to recognize the truth when it is before them and that they will vote accordingly, and for me, to defend truth and justice, and to be an advocate for them and their interests always.

Thank you,
Andrea H. Reay
Burien City Council Position #3

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12 Responses to “LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Andrea Reay responds to Debi Wagner’s response”
  1. Sally Fortner says:

    I’ve now seen how these two candidates respond under pressure.

    When Debi Wagner is asked to account for her expenditures she hurls
    insults, makes up facts and refers us to inflammatory blog articles
    without quotes or sources which malign the character of others.

    When Reay is questioned she remains professional, refers to the facts
    and credible (and appropriate sources) like the PDC manual.

    Bravo to you candidate Reay! I really hope you make it through the
    primary because I think you and Joan McGilton would be really good
    final two to choose from!

  2. Marty says:

    I think any of the candidates are vastly superior to the cronyism and deaf ear that Joan McGilton has demonstrated that is what she is all about over the last few years.
    Her strong support of annexation and that miserable failure of a city manger are reason alone to vote her out of office.

  3. Jackie says:

    “Actions speak louder than words, and I know I’m tired of people saying they are going to do a lot of things and never delivering on those promises. Integrity, as I said in the forum, is built on action.” This is a direct quote from Andrea’s letter above.

    Andrea Reay has never written to the media, the City Council, the Planning Commission or presented to either of these groups about those issues she now claims to have been passionate about or interested in. The issues that she claims she has had concerns about are; annexation, wards, storm water, the disfunctional workings of the Council or the budget. She has been that “do nothing person” that she states in her letter that she is tired of. She failed to come out and work on the city mural and actually was non collaborative with the other members of the Arts Commission about the selection of the artist for the mural. That is why the members of the Arts Commission went to the Highline Times about the fact that they were left out of the loop about the mural and selection of the artist. She never worked on the campaign to defeat annexation, etc.

    Andrea Reay’s Campaign Manager, Cindi Laws went to the media with the story that Debi Wagner was in violation of PDC rules and did it even before Laws had examined Debi Wagner’s books. So Andrea Reay’s claim there was no press release is a slimey way of trying to get around what her Campaign Manager actually did. Andrea Reay should have been aware of what her Campaign Manager was doing. Furthermore Andrea Reay never examined Debi Wagner’s books so how does she know what was contained in them?

    In no way is Andrea Reay’s mudslinging at Debi Wagner about truth anymore than is her claim that she has been a person of action on things that she has had concerns about in the city. Andrea Reay has had little to no position on the critical issue that have faced Burien in the last three years or before. I suspect that Andrea Reay’s claim that Debi Wagner refused to show her the books is also a bunch of hooey. Did Andrea even ever request them from Debi?

    As to the reputation of Cindi Laws, Andrea Reay’s Campaign Manager, the news stories from Seattle about the political campaigns she has been involved in since 2005 speaks volumes for how she operates during campaigns. Ms. Laws and Ms. Reay filed this complaint and generated this media hype for pure political gain to Andrea Reay. This was not done for the citizens of Burien. Andrea Reay’s claim that this was done for the citizens of Burien is pure hooey also.

    Andrea Reay has also claimed she is against being divisive. This compliant against Debi Wagner and the media hype that Andrea and Cindi have caused sure appears divisive to most citizens. By the way, I never have been able to find the statement that many bloggers keep repeating; that Debi Wagner said that she was opposed to mini-reporting or thought it was dishonest. So I think that is a pile of hooey too. Show me the letter or clip of video tape this came from. The State of Washington doesn’t think mini-reporting is dishonest.

    Andrea, where were you when we needed citizens to speak about annexation, storm water issues, the SMP, the budget and wards? Or to campaign against annexation? Because Andrea failed to be involved in action on these issues, does this mean she lacks intregrity?

  4. Jackie says:

    P.S. Sally Fortner is another arm of the Andea Reay campaign committee . A public records search shows that Sally doesn’t live in, pay taxes in or vote in Burien. There are no Sally Fortner’s shown voting in the Pacific Northwest. Or all of the Dems., Republican and King County and Washington State voting records archives are wrong. Another pile of hooey from pretend voter Sally.

    • Sally Fortner says:

      Hi “Jackie”,

      I’m sorry, I didn’t catch your last name…? At least I have the courage to provide mine. Why don’t you provide your full name and let us all check your voting records.

      I’m not going to let you continue to stray from the original topic and malign yet another person’s character in your attempt to dodge the original issue. So I’m not going to respond to your accusations.

  5. dcollier says:

    Sally, You will not see Jackie’s last name. The same as you will not see Marty or any other of the false name that the same little group of people are using. I think it would be fun for the blog to release their addresses where the comments are coming from and you probably see they are west of Ambaum and south of 146.
    Andrea responded with chapter and verse of the law and yet her group still wants to attack Andrea and her campaign manager instead of fessing up that they broke the law.
    I am not surprised as all Debi has ever said is negative things about everyone except herself. I am sure the voters have seen this for a long time and that is why she keeps running and not getting elected.

  6. Marty says:

    Interesting that a pro annexation poster on this blog and a mike martin fan is an Andrea Reay supporter?
    These are the same kind of maligning comments and misinformation that we used to get from the folks at the NUHAC who would say anything to try and confuse the voters about annexation.
    Are you a real voter dcollier? Do you even live in Burien? I suspect not.

  7. dcollier says:

    Funny coming from you, MARTY, sorry I missed your last name. Isn’t it funny how much you sound like Poitras? He loves to accuse people of being from NHUAC or Mike Martin supporters the moment they don’t agree with him. In reality, we have watched the anti annexation crowd tell many lies in an effort to confuse the whole annexation issue.
    MARTY, why don’t you give us your last name and we will check the voters records to see if you are registered (did I say that out loud). Do you live in Burien, MARTY ? Of course you do, just west of Ambaum and South of 146th

    • Mike says:

      You sound a lot like Sally, collier, just another pro annexation backer that believes all the bs that has been spewed about how great annexation would be and bought into what that proven $h!t stirrer (cindi laws) says about Ms Wagner without anything to back it up. I think Andrea reay might be making up her position on annexation much like Jerry (if his lips are moving you know he’s lying) Robison did when he was campaigning. Reay’s whole mudslinging approach by attacking Ms Wagner through the media smells bad, especially with cindi laws as her manager. I hope that $1350 was worth running a sleaze campaign ms reay.

    • Marty says:

      And where do you live dcollier ?
      Its obvious you are part of the same poisonous politics that caused me to get involved in opposing annexation in the first place. At least you don’t deny you were a Mike Martin fan and an annexation supporter. I think that’s all anyone needs to know about you. You and your gang are part of a very very vocal minority.

    • John Poitras says:

      Collier I challenge you to give an example of where the anti annexation campaign propagated any lies about annexation. The reality is we spent most of our time debunking the bs that you NHUAC and Mike Martin cronies were disseminating.
      You tactics are the typical rovian bait and switch policies which people use when they have nothing real to say.

  8. Marie says:

    After reading all this nonsense I would like to state my simple opinion of the obvious distinction between these two. It would appear to be selfless simplicity from Debi Wagner as she stands firm on her beliefs and positions for the benefit of the city even through an extremely desperate attempt to smear by opposition. And in the other corner….well when you see a duck you say it’s a duck, a very appareant personal agendy pleasing ‘duck’. That is all. It really doesn’t break down any simpler than that, regardless of all the clutter thrown about.

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