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Apple’s campaign for state House may have violated campaign rules

Two years after paying a hefty fine for breaking campaign law, City Councilman Bob Apple appears to have violated another campaign rule.

As of Tuesday, Apple, who is running for a state House seat representing the 3rd Legislative District, listed on his campaign website his City Council e-mail address as a way to contact him.

Reached on Tuesday, Apple agreed that the address shouldn’t appear on campaign material.

“It it was on there, it shouldn’t be,” he said. “I’l have that stripped out.”

Lori Anderson, a spokesman for the state Public Disclosure Commission, said using a city e-mail address violates rules that prohibit the use of public resources in campaigns.

“If (voters) want to contact him, they should do it through some other means other than his city e-mail address,” Anderson said. “The city e-mail address is paid for with city tax dollars and it’s to conduct city business.”

She added, however, that the mistake is minor and likely would not result in fines.

In 2007, Apple’s election opponent complained to the PDC about Apple using a City Hall phone number and e-mail address in a campaign ad.

Apple later faced more serious accusations from the PDC regardng his 2007 campaign.


He eventually was fined $4,200 for failing to file some reports, being late in submitting other reports, not filing forms electronically and failing to inform the PDC when he changed campaign treasurers.

He paid the fine in June, 2008.

Apple, a Democrat, faces Democrats Andy Billig and Louise Chadez and Republican Dave White in the August primary. The top two candidates will face each other in the November election. The winner will replace retiring Rep. Alex Wood.


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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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