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Ben Stuckart claims 'right-wing' poll is spreading false information about him

Stuckart believes it's the work of Stan Shore, a former political consultant for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

SPOKANE, Wash. — UPDATE: Stan Shore says he did not conduct political polling in Spokane. 

"I'm not doing anything political in Spokane," Shore said.  

Shore told KREM that Nadine Woodward's campaign paid his company $9,500 for help setting up her campaign, designing yard signs and help with videos. 

He said no polling was done while he was working for the Woodward campaign and he has not been involved in any polls for anyone this year.

Spokane Mayoral candidate Ben Stuckart said a "new right-wing push poll" is out and giving Spokane voters false information about him. 

He believes it's the work of Stan Shore, a former political consultant for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

In a post on Facebook, Stuckart said voters are being asked questions like, "Would you vote for Ben Stuckart if you knew he gave himself a raise?" Or, "Would you vote for Ben Stuckart for Mayor if you knew that he raised your property taxes?"

The term "push poll" can be defined as a form of negative campaigning, disguised as a political poll.  

Spokesperson Jared Powell told KREM 2 McMorris Rodgers is not paying for any mayoral polls. 

In a statement, Powell said it's irresponsible of Stuckart to mislead voters for political gain. He adds the congresswoman is not running for mayor and is not endorsing any candidates. 

He confirmed Shore worked for McMorris Rodgers in early 2018, but hasn't since. 

KREM 2 took this to Stuckart who said Shore may be working for one of his opponents. 

Shore's LinkedIn profile lists him as the President of an LLC called Datagraphics. 

According to the Public Disclosure Commission, the only mayoral candidate who's made payments to Datagraphics is Nadine Woodward.

There was a $5,000 payment on April 29. Then, another payment of $4,500 on May 22. 

Datagraphics is described as campaign consulting management services. 

KREM 2 has made attempts to contact Woodward's campaign for comment, but have been unsuccessful.