McKenna returns $14K from foreclosure trustee firm

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate and state Attorney General Rob McKenna has returned nearly $14,000 in donations from people tied to a firm that helps mediate foreclosures.

McKenna's office had put the company, Northwest Trustee Services, Inc., on notice in 2010 that they could face investigation, but his campaign accepted donations from the attorneys tied to the firm on Sept. 30.

He has since returned the money, according to an amended financial disclosure form that was submitted on Feb. 9, the same day McKenna announced Washington state's share of a $25 billion settlement with the nation's biggest mortgage lenders over foreclosure abuses.

McKenna campaign spokesman Charles McCray says that the timing was a coincidence, and noted that the refund was made on Feb. 2.