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September 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Ethics board fines Lt. Gov. Brad Owen $15,000

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen has reached a settlement with the Washington State Executive Ethics Board that fines him $15,000 for using state resources for his nonprofit organization Strategies For Youth. The settlement,¬†released Friday and¬†which Owen has agreed to, would allow him to pay only $10,000 of the fine if he commits no other ethics violations for…

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September 13, 2013 at 4:56 PM

McGinn campaign files ethics complaint against two pro-Murray PACs

Post updated at 6:30 p.m. with comment from Chamber spokeswoman.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s re-election campaign filed an ethics complaint today alleging two business-funded PACs supporting challenger Ed Murray “may have colluded to deliberately conceal information from Seattle voters.”

The complaint to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission by McGinn campaign attorney Gary Manca targets People for Ed Murray and Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy (CASE), two PACs that have backed Murray with independent expenditures in the mayor’s race.

The complaint’s language is in keeping with the overall McGinn campaign theme of portraying Murray as a tool of the downtown business establishment.

Manca cited late disclosure filings and transfers between the two PACs, arguing Murray’s “corporate backers” may have been trying to hide the extent of their support from Seattle voters.

As we reported Thursday, CASE, the PAC for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, did fail to properly register and file with the Seattle Ethics Commission until Thursday, when it corrected the omission by filing dozens of tardy campaign disclosures.

A chamber spokeswoman, Terri Hiroshima, said the late filings were due to an inadvertent error — the group had been filing electronically with the state Public Disclosure Commission but neglected to activate a “toggle switch” in the PDC computer system that would have automatically also sent the documents to the Seattle Ethics Commission. “There is no basis for this complaint,” she added in an email.

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