Republican state Rep. Tom Campbell is distancing himself from independent campaign ads by Moxie Media, which has come under fire for its alleged concealment of funding sources for some of its ads this fall.
Campbell, a Republican who was losing to fellow Republican J.T. Wilcox in the August primary, compared the case to Watergate and sent Attorney General Rob McKenna's office a letter asking for an independent prosecutor to look into Moxie's actions using funds from labor groups.
McKenna's legal staff already filed a lawsuit Friday against Moxie and has insisted before it is independent in these kinds of cases. The suit alleges Moxie violated campaign finance rules with its disguised movements of money used to hit Democratic Sen. Jean Berkey and promote both a Republican and Democratic rival in the 38th district Senate race. Berkey lost in the primary and now wants a new vote.
Moxie also was reported involved in independent ads to promote Campbell over Wilcox. See this story that includes Campbell’s comments.
Here is Campbell’s letter to McKenna, which said in part:
McKenna spokeswoman Janelle Guthrie released this statement in reply:
As we reported here, the case is the latest big-money prosecution for the state Public Disclosure Commission and attorney general. The PDC rejected a proposed $30,000 penalty to settle allegations against with Moxie on Thursday.