The KCGOP issued the following press release earlier today:

Public documents reveal King County elected officials’ relationship with MKCN

Public documents obtained yesterday, April 21, reveal new information regarding the relationship between King County Councilmember Larry Phillips and the pro-Proposition 1 campaign, Move King County Now (MKCN). Email correspondence between MKCN campaign manager April Putney and Phillips prove that the councilmember, along with other elected officials including King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, engaged in grassroots efforts to build the pro-Prop 1 campaign in early fall of 2013.

Minutes from a September 12, 2013 coalition meeting—which references an even earlier meeting that formed MKCN—expose elected officials’ casual attitude toward serious reforms of King County Metro. Rasmussen said, “It is important for us to focus on urgency and need, don’t go down the reform road too much.” Additionally, an unidentified transit union representative in attendance expressed “concern that state level leaders want to get more ‘efficiencies’ out of county and metro before moving on a package.”

Emails acquired via public request also prove county officials used private emails to conduct county business.

Unfortunately, the public records request only became available the evening before the April 22 special election.

Please see attached emails.