WA Secretary of State accused of campaign finance violations

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Attorney General Bob Ferguson says that the campaign of Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman has violated the state's campaign finance laws by failing to file disclosure reports on time.
Ferguson, a Democrat, filed a complaint Tuesday in Thurston County Superior Court and is seeking unspecified penalties. Wyman is running for re-election to a second term against Democrat Tina Podlodowski.
Ferguson's office received a complaint from the head of the state's Democratic Central Committee, which was then referred to the state Public Disclosure Commission to investigate.
PDC staff found that several reports were filed late in April, and that contributions were filed late in May. Ferguson's office noted that Wyman self-reported those errors to the PDC before state Democrats filed the complaint.
However the investigation found other similar late reports and deposits by the campaign between 2013 and 2016, according to the attorney general.
In a written statement, Wyman called the errors minor and said she is looking forward to getting this "resolved quickly and fairly."

Associated Press


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