KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor
BELLINHGAM, Wash. – A local group is accusing political action committee SAVEWhatcom of hiding coal industry donors they say is aimed at influencing Whatcom County Council races.
Whatcom Wins is a campaign group that supports the more liberal candidates in county council races.
SAVEWhatcom supports their more conservative opponents.
Whatcom Wins co-chair Lisa McShane says SAVEWhatcom has created a second PAC to hide $154,000 dollars in donations.
SAVEWhatcom spokesperson Kris Halterman says the Public Disclosure Commission told her they could set up a second PAC.
She says they are not hiding money and have disclosed all fifty of their donors on the PDC website.