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PDC throws out three Roach-Richardson complaints, will investigate one

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Nov. 1, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
November 1, 2010 6:07 pm

The campaign for Sen. Pam Roach‘s seat might end Tuesday, but the legal fights will continue in what has got to be the state’s second-most litigious legislative race (first place has to go to the election that might be overturned in court).

Roach successfully sued challenger Matt Richardson over his voter statement, a tea party group is seeking to unseal Richardson’s criminal court file (that effort is now awaiting a hearing), and four complaints have been looked at by the Public Disclosure Commission.

The election regulators at the PDC have now thrown out three of those complaints. They notified Richardson on Saturday they would investigate his complaint that Roach’s mailers about his criminal history defame him.

The PDC dismissed claims by Richardson and a supporter of his, Kathy Hammad, that a website run by Roach supporter Chris Clifford violates election law. The PDC didn’t see the site as political advertising because while it attacked Richardson and called for him to resign as a Sumner city councilman, it didn’t specifically call for people to vote against his Senate candidacy.

The agency also dismissed a complaint by Roach that Richardson hadn’t properly reported campaign spending. Richardson has filed updated reports that give a fuller picture of his finances. He has reported funding his campaign almost entirely with his own money.

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