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Ethics board rejects illegal campaigning complaint vs. Sen. McAuliffe

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on Sep. 7, 2012 at 8:44 am | No Comments »
September 7, 2012 8:44 am

The Legislative Ethics Board released a copy of its decision today that dismisses a complaint that Democratic state Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe of Bothell misused state resources in her re-election campaign. Specifically, the board found no evidence that McAuliffe used a legislative town hall meeting to ask constituents to vote for her, which the complaint filed Aug. 19 after a hotly contested primary had alleged:

The Respondent’s introductory and recorded message contains no requests to listeners to support her reelection. A review of the recording of the meeting, which lasted approximately fifty minutes, was devoid of any request by Respondent to vote for her or in some way support her reelection efforts. Accordingly we determine there is no reasonable cause to conclude that Respondent violated the Ethics Act.

Board chairman David Draper signed the dismissal order on Sept. 4, and you can see its details – including the board’s determination of the evidence - here.

McAuliffe is in a re-election race in the 1st Legislative District, where she turned back a primary challenge from Democrat Guy Palumbo and now faces a Nov. 6 face-off against Republican Dawn McGraveywhom she led by just 619 votes in the August runoff.

UPDATE: The complaint was filed by Patricia Cooper of Snohomish.


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