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Washington GOP Requests AG Investigation Of Auditor's Self-Financed Campaign

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley
Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley

In 2012, indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley raised $700,000 for his winning campaign for state auditor. But the bulk of that money -- nearly $500,000 -- came from Kelley himself.

Now, the state Republican Party is formally requesting an investigation into where that money came from. In a letter to Attorney General Bob Ferguson, the chair of the state Republican Party suggests at least some of that money might have been “illegally obtained.”

Kelley is accused in a federal indictment of keeping more than $2 million stolen from title company customers. Kelley has pleaded not guilty.

The federal indictment does not make a direct connection between the alleged ill-gotten funds and Kelley’s self-funded campaign. But it does allege Kelley illegally claimed personal and campaign deductions on nearly $500,000 of the funds in question.

If the attorney general decides to take civil action, the law gives him 45 days to do so.

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