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Isserlis, who served as city attorney from 2012 to 2016, was found to have “intentionally withheld” public records tied to the ouster of former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub. She’s also served as a campaign chair for several election campaigns, and said her focus would be on the commission’s role in policing digital advertising in elections.
Spokane Firefighters Local 29 made a $2,000 payment to the group Spokane for Honest Government in February, four months after pledging to no longer have any financial relationship with the committee responsible for dubious campaign mailers in last year’s City Council races. The money was used to pay a fine for a previous campaign violation tied to 2015 city elections.
Lawmakers stood firm in their support of the campaign finance law, pushed by City Council President Ben Stuckart, to require more stringent reporting of donors and cap contributions. Opponents, who sided with the mayor, argued the law disadvantaged those running against progressive incumbents on the council.
Final reports filed with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission show November’s contests for three seats on the Spokane City Council cost a total of nearly $420,000, based on the amount spent by the candidates themselves and groups supporting or opposing them. That’s slightly less than the $458,000 that was spent in 2013, but a 10 percent bump over the amount spent two years ago.
The Washington Public Disclosure Commission laid to rest a three-year-old election spat involving Todd Mielke on Thursday, fining the Spokane County commissioner $100 for authorizing a public employee to campaign. The case stems from a complaint made by Mielke’s Democratic opponent in the 2012 County Commissioner’s race, John Roskelley, following a debate in front of the Newman Lake Homeowner’s Association that summer. Both Mielke and Roskelley sought information from a county engineering employee to answer questions about the area’s complex tax levies.
The Washington Public Disclosure Commission on Thursday fined Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke $100 and put him on four-year probation after finding he improperly used county email to obtain information ahead of a candidate debate against John Roskelley in June 2012.
OLYMPIA – Many nonprofit organizations that give $25,000 or more to political campaigns in Washington would have to disclose their largest donors, under a bill the Senate passed unanimously on Wednesday. Saying the change amounted to “bringing dark money into the light,” Sen. Andy Billig, the prime sponsor, urged the Senate to close a loophole in state campaign laws that political groups all along the political spectrum exploit.
Two gun initiatives headed toward Washington’s November ballot have attracted nearly $3.5 million in contributions so far.