State Senate candidates Manka Dhingra, left, and Jinyoung Englund, center, at a League of Women Voters debate in Redmond in September. Aaron Kunkler/Redmond Reporter

Fake pro-Dhingra ads target the 45th district candidate

Fake pro-Dhingra ads target the 45th district candidate

Political campaign ads have been running against Democratic candidate Manka Dhingra as the race for the 45th Legislative District state Senate seat heats up on the Eastside.

At a debate at Microsoft earlier this month, Republican candidate Jinyoung Lee Englund stated she was running against Seattle.

Ads have surfaced over the last week from an organization going by Eastside Values through a website called Seattle Liberals Love Manka Dhingra.

The ad depicts stereotyped images of Seattle liberals sarcastically proclaiming their support for Dhingra.

“Manka Dhingra will give us free stuff, I love free stuff,” said one actor.

Actors dressed in a Dhingra shirt with large buttons supporting Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant are pictured standing in front of the city’s Lenin statue.

Another actor stands with a bike and uses an expletive to describe cars.

Yet another says “Manka Dhingra is Seattle sophisticated, not like those Eastside soccer moms.”

According to the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC), Eastside Values is based out of Issaquah, which is also outside of the 45th district.

The ad never explains what “Eastside values” they are promoting, however.

The only donor to the group is the Washington State Republican Party, which gave $200,000 to Eastside Values.

Dhingra responded to the advertisement on her Facebook page.

“As a proud Eastside soccer mom, I am truly offended and shocked at how low and how deceptive the Washington State Republican Party has gotten with this ad! They went so far as to make a fake T-shirt with my campaign logo to trick voters into thinking this ad is from my campaign,” Dhingra said. “If you are as outraged as I am, make sure you vote and tell all your friends to vote. We need honesty and integrity in the Washington State Senate. Not likes and false information.”

While the ads were not authorized by Englund, the sentiment is in line with previous statements she has made painting Seattle as at odds with Eastside communities.

At the debate between the two candidates on Oct. 10, Englund said she was running against “extremist” Seattle, which she said supports measures like income taxes and injection sites, which she claimed were unpopular on the Eastside.

According to the PDC, Dhingra’s campaign has received some$1.38 million and third-party groups have spent $714,000 for her.

Some $1.86 million have been spent in opposition to Dhingra by third-party groups.

Englund’s campaign has received $1.47 million in contributions and third-party groups have spent $511,000 in support of her.

Some $1.57 million has been spent by third-party groups against the Republican.

Ballots were sent out last week, and election day is scheduled for Nov. 7.

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