Contact: Ben Oakley
Spokane GOP Chairman
(509) 979- 8212
For Immediate Release
October 30, 2013
IE Political Action Committee supporting Mumm breaks the law, again
Spokane, Wash.—For the second time in less than a week, the Spokane County Republican Party has asked the PDC to investigate Candace Mumm and/or her supporters for engaging in illegal activity, directly violating Washington State Campaign Finance Laws.
The formal complaint was filed against Citizens for Honest Government PAC, an independent expenditure committee that has purchased electioneering communications related to this year’s Spokane City Council race between Candace Mumm and Michael Cannon, for illegally failing to disclose to the public details about what communications they have funded and when.
TV commercials by Citizens for Honest Government PAC have been running steadily on Spokane TV stations in recent weeks and mailers have been sent to voters as well.
Washington state’s campaign finance laws require PACs to disclose within 24 hours whenever their spending has passed a $5,000 threshold. Since Citizens for Honest Government has not filed this disclosure in nearly 3 months, since July. This PAC, spearheaded by Council President Ben Stuckart, is now deliberately concealing from the public their specific activities and hiding the extent of their attempt to influence this year’s Spokane City Council race between Candace Mumm and Michael Cannon.
“This is outrageous,” said Ben Oakley, Spokane County Republican Party Chair. “For the second time in a week, we have evidence of Ms. Mumm and/or her supporters engaging in illegal activities to support her campaign. It appears they will do anything to get her elected, even if it means breaking the law.”
Last week, the Spokane County Republican Party filed a complaint accusing Mumm of illegally coordinating with Citizens for Honest Government by using information she had access to in an attempt to negatively influence voter opinion about her opponent, Michael Cannon.
Washington State law forbids candidates and their campaigns from coordinating or sharing information with independent expenditure committees, like Citizens for Honest Government PAC. “Integrity is at stake here,” said Oakley. “Voters should be outraged that Ms. Mumm thinks she can ignore the law for her own convenience. If she can’t be trusted to follow simple campaign laws when she is running for office, what can we expect if she actually gets elected?”
The Spokane County Republican Party is asking the PDC to investigate the illegal activities Mumm and the Citizens for Honest Government have engaged in and hold those groups accountable for breaking Washington State law.