AP: Signs of improper campaigning in McKenna files
Monday, May 21, 2012
SEATTLE (AP) -- The thousands of pages retained from Rob McKenna's time at the King County Council include hundreds of records that have no place in government files.
An Associated Press review at the King County Archives found fundraising lists, candidate strategy ideas, a voided campaign check and a packet titled "Rob McKenna For Attorney General." It also showed staff meeting agendas and memos that discussed campaign work.
State and county ethics laws bar the use of government facilities for "personal convenience" and political campaigns.
McKenna is the Republican favorite in this year's race for governor. He said in an interview that many of the documents were likely left accidentally in the office by someone doing outside campaign work. He said the office inevitably had political discussions but that they were careful not to use county resources for personal or campaign matters.