The Seattle Times reports that Washington State Commission of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has accepted $100,000 in campaign contributions from timber and wood-product companies - despite a previous campaign pledge that he would not accept cash from industries that he would regulate.
When running to become the state's top logging regulator in 2008, Goldmark said it was "reprehensible" for his opponent Doug Sutherland to accept money from timber harvesters. The Democrat Goldmark defeated Sutherland, the Republican incumbent. Goldmark was re-elected in 2012.
Goldmark says he didn't sustain his campaign pledge because he is not influenced by money from the timber industry. But some environmentalist who supported his campaign now say Goldmark has grown too close to timber companies.