March 25, 2010 in Region

Campaign regulators recommend no action against Rossi

Associated Press

OLYMPIA — Campaign regulators say the state should not take any legal action against former gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi, in a case alleging that he improperly lined up campaign donations.

The Public Disclosure Commission voted 3-1 Thursday to recommend no enforcement action in the case.

Supporters of Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire claimed that Rossi illegally coordinated donations with the Building Industry Association of Washington — a conservative trade group.

Gregoire supporters also sued BIAW over the allegations. Rossi, the Republican candidate, had to testify as a witness shortly before the 2008 election.

Gregoire eventually won the race. Rossi is now considering a possible run against U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington.

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