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Tag: Ken Miller

May
22nd

PDC rules Tacoma PAC that sent attack mailers against Connelly violated campaign finance law

A Tacoma political group that distributed mailers attacking state senate candidate Jack Connelly last year violated campaign finance law by failing to report its donations and spending in a timely manner, the Public Disclosure Commission ruled Wednesday.

The political action committee known as “Tacomans for Integrity in Government” now has 30 days to pay a $200 fine assessed for the violation.

Ken Miller, a local political activist who chaired the Tacomans PAC, described his group’s belated financial filings on Wednesday as an honest mistake.

“I didn’t dispute the facts,” Miller said in an e-mail. “I misunderstood the

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Aug.
6th

“Integrity” PAC behind attack mailers about Jack Connelly in Tacoma’s 27th District state senate race finally submits reports

A political action committee that recently distributed two attack mailers about 27th District senate candidate Jack Connelly‘s ties to an affordable housing nonprofit that misspent public funds has finally submitted its reports to the state’s campaign finance watchdog, records show.

As we’ve reported (here, here and here), the Tacomans for Integrity in Government PAC failed to submit required reports to the state’s Public Disclosure Commission about the mailers’ costs and who funded them. The group’s failure to properly report its activities has drawn several complaints.

Connelly, a Tacoma trial lawyer, has disputed the

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Aug.
2nd

Going negative in Tacoma’s 27th District senate race: Another unreported attack mailer about Jack Connelly emerges

A group calling itself “Tacomans for Integrity in Government,” distributed a second mailer this week attacking Tacoma trial lawyer and Democratic senate candidate Jack Connelly for his ties to a housing nonprofit found to have misspent public money.

But the political action committee — made up of supporters for Connelly’s opponent, fellow Democrat and state Rep. Jeannie Darneille – continues to flout state campaign finance law by not reporting contributions and spending to Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission.

“That committee hasn’t filed anything with us,” PDC spokeswoman Lori Anderson said Thursday.

Meantime, Connelly’s campaign last week fired off an attack

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Aug.
1st

UPDATE Tacoma: Chairman of PAC that sent attack mailer about Jack Connelly apologizes for mistakes to PDC

UPDATE: Wed. Aug. 1, 12:32 p.m.

As of today, two people have filed complaints with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission against the Tacomans for Integrity in Government PAC for failing to file required campaign finance reports, PDC spokeswoman Lori Anderson said.

The complaintants include Tacoma resident and Jack Connelly campaign contributor Virginia Douglas, and Olympia lobbyist Jim King Jr.

Anderson said today the PAC still has yet to file its required reports.  The failure continues despite PAC chairman Ken Miller‘s acknowledgment email sent Tuesday (see below), and a PDC staff member’s phone call to Miller, in which Anderson said

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July
30th

Tacoma: PAC that sent attack mailer about Jack Connelly in 27th District state senate race still hasn’t reported it

At least 10 days have gone by, but a political action committee that recently distributed $8,000 worth of attack mailers against 27th District senate candidate Jack Connelly still has yet to file a report with the state’s campaign finance watchdog.

And that means the group, Tacomans for Integrity in Goverment, is likely running afoul of state campaign finance law.

“If they spend at least $1,000 in support or opposition to any candidate, the committee must file a special report within 24 hours of when the ad is presented to the public or on the first business day when

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