Lake Stevens, Wash. – Congressional candidate Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, blasted opponents Laura Ruderman, Suzan DelBene, Darcy Burner, Darshan Rauniyar, and John Koster for filing to finish former Congressman Jay Inslee’s term in the old 1st Congressional District while running to represent the new district. The move allows the candidates to dodge federal campaign contribution laws and raise double the cash for the campaign in the new 1st district.
“I’m appalled that Suzan, Laura, Darcy, Darshan, and John are trying to manipulate and circumvent campaign finance laws. Just as bad, Suzan and Darcy don’t even live in the district they’re trying to represent now,” said Hobbs. “This is exactly the kind of financial trickery and shifty politics that voters hate. Real middle class folks don’t get to rely on financial sleight of hand like some people can.”
"I am very disappointed that Darcy Burner chose to put her own perceived self interest ahead of that of the public by breaking ranks and filing in both races," Washington State Democratic Party Chair Dwight Pelz said Friday. “Our goal was to minimize voter confusion and maximize the opportunity to elect a Democrat in November in the new 1st District.”
In another example of money controlling politics in a Congress dominated by the super-wealthy, this political move allows the candidates to ask donors who have already given the maximum amount of money to their campaigns under federal law to double contributions. The total can all be used in the new 1st district, giving them a financial advantage.
While other candidates in the 1st district campaign have been working around campaign finance laws and donating their personal wealth to their campaigns, Hobbs has knit a broad base of support. Hobbs has backing from the business community, labor organizations, tribes, veterans, women’s health care rights advocates, dairy farmers, human rights advocates, social services advocates, and communities of color.
In addition to his service in the Washington State Senate, Hobbs currently serves as an officer in the Washington Army National Guard and proudly served in Iraq and Kosovo. He and his wife Pam have three boys and currently live in Lake Stevens.
To learn more about Steve Hobbs’ campaign for U.S Congress, please visit www.HobbsForCongress.com, ‘like’ his campaign page on Facebook (Facebook.com/ElectHobbs), and follow his campaign on Twitter (@Hobbs4Congress).