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November 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Ad spending for Bellevue’s Wallace reported late

Bellevue City Council member Kevin Wallace thanks his supporters in a short speech after seeing his 51 percent lead in initial election results over challenger Steve Kasner at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Bellevue City Council member Kevin Wallace thanks his supporters in a short speech after seeing his 51 percent lead in initial election results over challenger Steve Kasner at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

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.

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