State election watchdogs cited Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes for first-time, inadvertent, minor violations of state law in his campaigning last year for Initiative 502, which created the state’s legal marijuana law.
The Public Disclosure Commission also found that Holmes’ assistant Kim Garrett violated the law in the way she scheduled campaign events for her boss on city time, using city equipment.
Holmes and Garrett agreed to the findings — which carry no monetary fine — after a hearing Friday.
State investigators found that while Holmes and Garrett tried to keep the I-502 campaign separate from city work, that effort was difficult because pot policy has been a frequent focus of the city and Holmes’ work.
Operating under Holmes’ direction, Garrett put campaign events on Holmes’ public calendar to keep his schedule free of conflicts, which is allowed.
But investigators reported that Garrett on three occasions went beyond the simple ministerial act of placing events on Holmes’ schedule. In one case, she verified the existence of a magazine that wanted to interview Holmes; in another instance she called a photographer to schedule an appointment, rather than merely recording the date and time of an arranged event. And in the third violation, she discussed the logistics of Holmes’ schedule with an event organizer instead of just placing the event on his calendar.
Holmes and Garrett said they didn’t intend to violate any laws.