Attorney General Rob McKenna filed suit Friday in Thurston County against Moxie Media and its principal Lisa MacLean for multiple violations of state campaign finance law.
The lawsuit comes a day after the state Public Disclosure Commission rejected a proposed settlement with MacLean and instead referred the case to McKenna. The PDC has only limited capacity to fine those who violate the disclosure law, and larger fines must be pursued in Superior Court.
The complaint alleges that MacLean failed to properly report the creation of political committees and the source of money to those committees in an independent expenditure campaign in Everett last summer. The campaign promoted a conservative candidate in order to take votes away from incumbent Democrat Jean Berkey and help a more-liberal Democrat, Nick Harper. The funders of the effort – state trial lawyers, the Washington State Labor Council and the Washington Federation of State Employees – favored Harper because they deemed Berkey not liberal enough.