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UPDATE: State Auditor-elect Troy Kelley fined; PDC sees ‘relatively minor’ violations

UPDATE, 12/6: Kelley was fined $200 today, with half of the fine suspended if he commits no more violations over the next four years. UPDATE 12/6 2 p.m.: The PDC voted to drop the rest of the allegations.


As Troy Kelley gets ready to take office as auditor, the chairman of the state Public Disclosure Commission will decide at a hearing Thursday if the Tacoma state lawmaker should be fined for leaving information out when he disclosed his finances to the public.

Years after he filed the original disclosure forms, Kelley sent the PDC revised forms last month. PDC staff concluded he violated the law by not filing them sooner, and scheduled his case for what’s known as a “brief enforcement hearing” presided over by Chairman Amit Ranade, who has authority to fine him up to $500.

“The brief hearings are used when the allegations are relatively minor and there’s no dispute as to the facts,” PDC spokeswoman Lori Anderson said.

Most of the information investigators say was omitted about Kelley’s mortgage document-tracking company United National was available in previous disclosures by Kelley for 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. Read more »


James Watkins concedes state auditors’ race to Tacoma Rep. Troy Kelley

The Republican wished his opponent well, after a bruising campaign in which Watkins exposed past accusations of misconduct from Kelley’s business career.

For all that controversy, Kelley had a few advantages: Centrist credentials from his time in the Legislature; an ability to self-fund his campaign and outspend Watkins; and most of all, the Democratic Party label next to his name.

Democrats have swept the seven statewide partisan races that have been called so far. Only close races for governor and secretary of state remain uncalled, with Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Kim Wyman, respectively, leading their opponents.

Here’s Watkins’s statement:

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Auditor’s office gets campaign calls; James Watkins says it won’t happen again

Campaign workers for state-auditor candidate James Watkins solicited contributions from auditor’s office employees at work — a practice Watkins acknowledges is inappropriate. He says he didn’t condone the calls to state-government offices and has put a stop to them.

“I apologize for any impropriety and it will not happen again,” Watkins told me.

Auditor Brian Sonntag said he contacted Watkins to ask for the calls to stop. “I sent him off a quick text and said, ‘You may not be aware, but some of our staff are getting phone calls soliciting donations,’” he said. Sonntag, a Democrat who has praised

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Company offers to reveal settlement paid by state auditor candidate Troy Kelley

A company that sued Kelley has offered to reveal the amount the Tacoma Democrat paid to settle the lawsuit — if Kelley will agree.

His campaign says he won’t, saying the deal is confidential for a reason.

The offer is posted on Kelley’s opponent James Watkins‘s website and was first reported by Brian Rosenthal of the Seattle Times. The Tacoma Democrat settled in 2011 with the his former client, Old Republic Title, and both sides agreed to keep the settlement confidential.

Old Republic had accused Kelley of trying to keep $3.8 million in money he owed clients. He wasn’t charged

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Republicans bring new claims, call for investigation of Troy Kelley

Whatever other conclusions one draws from the court documents that became public this month involving state Rep. Troy Kelley, they’re a window into the state auditor candidate’s complicated web of businesses and clients.

Putting aside all the alleged wrongdoing that Kelley denies, his document-tracking business clearly involved a head-spinning array of companies he owned making multimillion-dollar transfers of money to each other using multiple bank accounts in different states. He also had access to an account in Belize, a country known as a tax haven, that he said was set up for estate planning purposes and then closed.

State Republicans now argue

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Troy Kelley tries to turn tables, go after James Watkins at AWB debate

After a week of answering questions about his business dealings, Troy Kelley went on the offensive today over rival James Watkins’ resume.

At an Association of Washington Business-sponsored debate in Cle Elum between the two candidates for state auditor, Tacoma Democrat Kelley parried attacks about past allegations of theft and questioned Redmond Republican Watkins’ claim to have done 150 performance audits of businesses and governments in his career.

Kelley demanded details and said the number “strains credibility” when current Auditor Brian Sonntag has conducted a third of that total since voters in 2005 gave him the right to do performance audits

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James Watkins unloads accusations on Troy Kelley

The state auditor’s race is getting personal.

Republican James Watkins today unloaded a laundry list of allegations against Democrat Troy Kelley, based on lawsuits over the past decade involving Kelley and business associates.

We’ll be checking the claims and reporting what we find. You can see for yourself what Watkins has posted on a website he unveiled today, including hundreds of court documents.

Kelley worked as an executive for First American Title Insurance Co. before starting his own company to track documents such as title to property. He is also a National Guard lieutenant colonel.

Many of the documents came

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Self-funding candidates move on to general election

Congressional candidates Suzan DelBene and Bill Driscoll are headed to the general election. And if first-night results hold up, Troy Kelley will edge out fellow legislator Craig Pridemore for a spot in the November contest for state auditor.

What do Medina Democrat DelBene, Tacoma Republican Driscoll and Tacoma Democrat Kelley have in common?  All of them are leaning heavily on their own bank accounts, which allowed them to establish a presence on TV that their rivals lacked.

Kelley, a former executive with First American Title Insurance Co. who went on to found his own document-recording company, kicked in $240,000 of his own money. Driscoll, a

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