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October 23, 2012 at 1:45 PM

PDC staff recommend complaint against McKenna be dismissed

State Public Disclosure Commission staff has recommended dismissing a complaint filed against Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna by his Democratic challenger.

Jay Inslee’s campaign filed a complaint in August alleging, in part, that McKenna under-reported debts and expenses and used money from his attorney general campaign fund to pay for gubernatorial campaign expenses.

PDC staff disagreed, saying “No evidence was presented or found that General McKenna’s staff expenses during May of 2011 were inappropriately paid with AG McKenna Re-Election campaign funds, or that General McKenna became a candidate for governor prior to June 1, 2011. For these reasons, PDC staff recommends that the Commission dismiss the allegations in (the) complaint against the Rob McKenna for Governor campaign.”

The Commission will meet on Thursday to take up the staff’s recommendations. If the panel agrees, that will be the end of it.

The Commission last week agreed with staff recommendations to dismiss a complaint against Inslee that alleged he illegally transferred funds from his congressional re-election account to his gubernatorial campaign.

McKenna’s campaign filed that complaint as a “45-day letter,” which means it first went to the King County prosecutor. That office then had 45 days to refer the complaint to the PDC.

After the the letter was sent to the PDC and dismissed, it went back to King County. The prosecutor’s office on Tuesday said it would not pursue the case.

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