The National Association of Realtors Fund belatedly reported spending $36,200 for political ads supporting Bellevue City Councilmember Kevin Wallace’s re-election campaign.
Phil Stutzman, compliance director for the state Public Disclosure Commission, said the Realtors filed electronic reports today for $76,000 worth of direct mail, phone calls and online advertising first presented to voters October 11 in support of Wallace and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt.
Under public-disclosure laws the reports were to have been filed electronically on October 14, the first business day after they were presented.
Instead, the Realtors filed a paper report Oct. 30 and failed to file electronically until today after being contacted by PDC staff, Stutzman said. He said the PDC would investigate the reporting if it receives a complaint.
Wallace, who is running for a second term on the City Council, has reported raising $138,938, compared to challenger Steve Kasner’s $67,689. Labor and environmental groups have largely funded $8,701 in independent pro-Kasner ads and $8,523 in anti-Wallace ads. Business interests including the Realtors have spent $38,700 in favor of Wallace.