PDC staff seeks dismissal of complaint against McKenna

  • Mon Oct 22nd, 2012 3:17pm
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By Jerry Cornfield

Investigators for the state Public Disclosure Commission are recommending a complaint be dismissed against Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna for alleged violations of state election laws.

The commission will consider the recommendation at its meeting Thursday in Olympia.

You can find the report here.

The complaint filed by the campaign of Democrat Jay Inslee, McKenna’s rival, alleges McKenna failed to properly disclose expenditures related to a pair of campaign events.

It also claimed McKenna used staff and resources from his attorney general campaign to help launch his bid for governor and didn’t correctly report them to the PDC.

Investigators concluded:

The McKenna for Governor campaign failed to disclose estimated debts or obligations associated with two campaign events, and failed to correctly identify the AG McKenna Re-Election campaign as the recipient of other expenses. However, all cash outlays by the campaign were timely reported, and the campaign took the necessary actions to correct its reports well before the November 6, 2012 general election. The public was not deprived of important information at a crucial point in the election campaign.

No evidence was presented or found that (Attorney) General McKenna’s staff expenses during May of 2011 were inappropriately paid with AG McKenna Re-Election campaign funds, or that (Attorney) General McKenna became a candidate for governor prior to June 1, 2011.