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Sunday spin: A problem with caucus PACs

OLYMPIA – The political tempest blowing through the Puget Sound last week is the cautionary tale of Michael King and his apparent raids on the treasuries of political action committees set up to elect Democrats to the state Senate.

King was charged last week with embezzling up to $300,000 from the Senate Democratic Campaign Commitee. He was their executive director last year, so the fact that there are fewer Democrats in the Senate than in 2012 is a clue he wasn’t very good at his job. Some Democrats suggested last week that because he was siphoning off funds, the Ds find themselves on the Senate’s minority.

More likely, it highlights a major problem in Washington’s extensive but imperfect campaign finance system.. .

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