Letter: Vegas corporation pouring money into council races


As the election draws near, Oak Harbor is once again inundated with a forest of yard signs.

Hoping to influence voters with a slogan or catchy phrase, candidates have covered our city with the usual political graffiti.

I was particularly struck by the number of signs in support of council candidates Crawford/Mack.

Since there is clearly a good deal of funding involved, I thought it might be useful to discover its source.

As a result of campaign disclosure laws in Washington state, this is easily done, with financial information readily available at the website of the Public Disclosure Commission.

I was concerned to discover that the number one contributor to both the Crawford and Mack campaigns is Nevada-based Tri-son Investment Corp., the real estate development firm run by Scott Thompson (Wright’s Crossing).

While there is nothing untoward about these political contributions, they do raise a number of questions.

First, do we really want an out-of-state investment firm buying influence of our local city council?

Secondly, do we want Las Vegas-style development blighting our fair city?

I know my answer to both of these questions.

Dr. Bernd Fischer

Oak Harbor

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