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Opponents of Prop 2 miss finance deadlines

NOTE: This post was updated at 6:25 p.m. Feb. 6, 2013 to reflect that the Public Disclosure Commission provided the Spokane Firefighters Union with incorrect information about when it needed to file campaign spending reports.

Thanks to Proposition 2, Spokane’s special election on Feb. 12 is heating up.

Each side is accusing the other of stealing signs. One side is accusing the other of campaign reporting violations. The other is crying pettiness.

Accusations of sign stealing are hard to pin down and are so common that we don’t typically investigate them. Though there are notable exceptions.

We at Spin Control will make an attempt, however, to sort through the potential of campaign finance violations.

Stuckart, Waldref apologize for violations

Two Spokane City Council members have apologized for using their city email accounts to send campaign messages.

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart and Amber Waldref sent electronic newsletters to supporters recently that included their opinions on the three proposed measures that will be decided by voters in the city’s Feb. 12 special election.

The messages were sent via their city email accounts.

Lori Anderson, spokeswoman for the state Public Disclosure Commission, said government officials should not use government email accounts to promote or oppose items on a ballot.