As previously noted, SSA Marine, the developer behind the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal, has been cozy with Whatcom Tea Party. They and the coal companies and the railroad gave the Tea Party PACs around a couple hundred thousand dollars last fall. They may be contributing more money off the books.
Whatcom Tea Party is in bed with CERA, the “Ku Klux Klan of Indian country.” As reported nearly a year ago, CERA is organizing a national anti-Indian hate campaign. Whatcom Watch exposed these relationships in the January article by Sandra Robson.
For reporting these relationships, SSAs spokesman for Gateway Pacific Terminal, Craig Cole, threatened to sue Whatcom Watch, forcing the editor to resign in distress.
Related to this, Whatcom Tea Party and the local property rights group CAPR are planning workshops this month to teach their members how to intimidate environmentalists, journalists and public officials charged with enforcing environmental protection and Indian treaties.
There will eventually be more news on this, probably in Seattle media, but Whatcom Watch is the only local news covering these dangerous developments. That’s why Gateway Pacific Terminal spokesman Craig Cole threatened them.