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:
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 McGravey, whom she led by just 619 votes in the August runoff.
UPDATE: The complaint was filed by Patricia Cooper of Snohomish.