Local lawmakers among recipients of Boeing campaign cash before vote
SEATTLE — Boeing Co. gave campaign contributions to seven state lawmakers, including two from the Yakima Valley, a few days before the Legislature voted to give the company a massive tax break, according to records recently filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission.
The documents show that Boeing gave the maximum donation of $900 to seven lawmakers, for a total of $6,300. The donations were made on Nov. 5, the day before Gov. Jay Inslee called a special session to approve tax incentives valued at some $9 billion.
Boeing supported Reps. Norm Johnson, R-Yakima, and Charles Ross, R-Naches, fellow Republican Shelly Short and Democratic Rep. Dave Upthegrove as well as Republican Sens. John Braun, Sharon Brown and John Smith.
Boeing contributes to state political campaigns with some regularity. But before November, the last donations from the company’s political action committee were in July, when it gave to a wide variety of lawmakers.
The lawmakers declined comment or didn’t return messages left with staff members. A Boeing official declined immediate comment.
Six of the seven voted for the tax package, while Ross was excused from voting.