It will be next year before a judge decides if a Seattle political consultant broke state campaign laws in its effort to unseat former Sen. Jean Berkey of Everett.
The trial of Moxie Media is set for Feb. 27 through March 8, 2012. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Christine Pomeroy set the dates following a meeting with lawyers for the firm and the Office of the Attorney General which brought the case.
Moxie Media is accused of deliberately concealing the source of money used to support one of Berkey’s two opponents in the primary in August 2010.
The money paid for two mailers and several hundred phone calls made to voters urging their support of conservative Rod Rieger, who finished ahead of Berkey.
The other candidate in the race, Democrat Nick Harper, also benefitted from a Moxie Media directed effort but its actions on his behalf are not part of the civil suit. Harper defeated Rieger in November and is now serving in the state Senate.
Berkey contends the firm’s actions were illegal and affected the outcome and she deserves a new election.