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                         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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