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Eye On Olympia

Lowney releases deposition documents…

Attorney Knoll Lowney has released documentsregarding Rossi's relationship with the BIAW.

Among them: One showing the BIAW quietly paying off his 2006 campaign legal debts ($235,000) in 2006. (Rossi was asked about this in the afternoon part of the deposition and said that this was the state GOP Party's legal fees, rather than his campaign's legal fees.)

But perhaps the most interesting one are the minutes of a Feb. 22, 2006 BIAW board meeting at a hotel in Olympia:

"Mike Nykreim asked if there was a commitment from Dino Rossi to run as Governor in 2008," the minutes read. "President (Jeff) Hansell stated that for political and/or reporting purposes, Dino was unable to state that at this time."

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