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Moxie Media case will take more than a year to reach trial

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Feb. 3, 2011 at 10:41 am |
February 3, 2011 10:44 am

Jerry Cornfield at The Herald of Everett reports that the trial dates have been set for state Attorney General Rob McKenna‘s suit against Moxie Media for campaign finance violations.

That’s a long time, given that McKenna received the case from the state Public Disclosure Commission in October and filed that action on October 29. That’s 16 months.

And there is still no word from the PDC about a complaint against the conservative Americans for Prosperity for failure to file reports of its actions against Democratic incumbents last election.

Here’s the link to Jerry’s story. It notes that the chances that a judge will order a replay of the 38th District Senate race that was at the core of the violations fall as time passes. Incumbent Democratic Sen. Jean Berkey was defeated after an effort by liberal groups who thought she wasn’t liberal enough.

Berkey contends the firm’s actions deceived voters and affected the outcome and wants the judge to order a new election.

Chances for that appear slimmer now.

“The farther out in time, the less likely you’ll see the attorney general press for a new election,” attorney Phil Talmadge said. “The greater likelihood is you’ll see a financial settlement reached.”

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