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Who spent what on the failed David Condon recall campaign

The effort to recall David Condon as mayor of Spokane ended in just 28 days, but the costs to both sides are becoming clearer as the Public Disclosure Commission's reporting catches up.

Accountant David Green, a Democratic Party organizer who filed the petition against Condon as a private citizen, has been criticized for his lack of preparedness in arguing his case before a judge. But financial filings show Green was preparing for the next step in the process, receiving an in-kind contribution Aug. 16 for "banner and yard signs" totaling $636.

Green also sunk $100 of his own cash into the campaign, according to reports filed with the PDC for the group "Recall David Condon Committee." A contribution of $100 was also received from Melody Hitt, Edward Wolfe gave $50, according to PDC filings.

Condon, who started the "Choose Spokane PAC," has not yet reported to the PDC how much he spent on a telephone poll that began circulating the weekend before the court hearing that tossed Green's petition. But he has listed two contributions of $1,000 each made Aug. 29 and Sept. 1, respectively. The first came from Jim Cowles, chairman of the board of Inland Empire Paper Company. Inland Empire is owned by the Cowles Co., which also publishes The Spokesman-Review. The second contribution came from DAA Northwest, an auto auction firm operating on Hayford Road overseen by founding partners Bob McConkey and Greg Mahugh.

The next financial reports for each committee are due to the Public Disclosure Commission on Oct. 10. 

Kip Hill
Kip Hill joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the City Desk, covering the marijuana industry, local politics and breaking news. He previously hosted the newspaper's podcast.

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