WASHINGTON Washington has been the site of frequent recruitment and organizing drives by militia groups based outside the state. Militias have emerged throughout the state, particularly in the counties surrounding Seattle, in the Spokane area, and in Clark and Cowlie Counties in southwestern Washington. In central Washington, leaders of the Lake Chelan Citizens Militia have been active in the Populist Party of Washington State and in the 1992 presidential campaign of far-right figure Bo Gritz (see Idaho), who was the Populist Party nominee. In Clark County, along the Oregon border, David Darby leads a branch of the Idaho-based United States Militia Association. The Association's prime mover, Samuel Sherwood, has spoken to Darby's group. The Militia of Montana (M.O.M.) has also recruited extensively in Washington. M.O.M. sponsored a tour of the Northwest by Michigan's Mark Koernke, during which he visited Spokane on December 2, 1994. In February 1995, M.O.M.'s Bob Fletcher recruited in Snohomish County. north of Seattle. M.O.M. has continued its outreach efforts, particularly around Spokane, in recent months. ~ ADL Fact Finding Report, "Beyond the Bombing: The Militia Menace Grows," Anti-Defamation League, 1995.
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