Hundreds of citizens appeal to Attorney General
Ask her to levy stiff penalty for WEA campaign finance violations
Jan. 11, 2001 - The Evergreen Freedom Foundation yesterday delivered nearly 1,000 signed
cards and notes from citizens around the state asking Attorney General
Christine Gregoire to fully investigate and penalize the Washington
Education Association for its recent campaign finance violations.
Teachers from the area were also present to express their concern at WEA
officials' proven willingness to skirt the law and spend their wages
advancing a political agenda they personally disagree with.
"A lot of teachers are angry at what union officials are doing, but there's
a big intimidation factor," said Doug Crawford, a seventh grade teacher in
Olympia. "They're afraid of losing the jobs they love if they speak out.
We elected the Attorney General to represent us and she needs to hold the
Gregoire filed a lawsuit against the union in October after WEA officials
admitted to funding political activities with the fees of more than 4,000
non-member teachers without getting their permission. This is a direct
violation of state campaign finance laws.
"The last time the Attorney General took the WEA to court, in 1998, union
officials got off with a slap-on-the-wrist settlement," said Jami Lund, a
program manager for EFF. "We don't want that to happen again."
To read a teacher's opinion, please visit:
Evergreen Freedom Foundation
A Nonprofit Public Policy Research Organization
P.O. Box 552, Olympia, WA 98507
For Immediate Release
January 11, 2001
Contact: Marsha Richards, Communications Director