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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.

Billig gets Democratic nod over Apple, Chadez

Spokane County Democratic Party officials voted this week to endorse Andy Billig for the Statehouse seat now held by Democratic Rep. Alex Wood.

Billig, president of the Spokane Indians Baseball Blub, announced his candidacy last fall, before Woods announced his retirement.

Spokane City Councilman Bob Apple and social worker Louise Chadez also are running as Democrats on the August primary ballot. No Republicans have announced a run for the Third Legislative District seat, which represents central Spokane and is Eastern Washington’s most reliable Democratic district.

Billig’s endorsement doesn’t come as much of a surprise. He already had won backing from many prominent Spokane Democrats, including three of Apple’s colleagues on City Council: Richard Rush, Jon Snyder and Amber Waldref.

The county party has typically not weighed in on candidates until after primaries, but county Chair Amy Biviano said state party officials decided that the party should select candidates in response to the top-two primary system.

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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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