Clark County Councilor David Madore is once again under fire for his use of the county’s website.
In a complaint to the Public Disclosure Commission, Clark County resident Chuck Green alleges Madore used public resources to campaign in the 2015 election — a violation of state campaign law — when he linked to materials on the county C-Grid website in Facebook posts campaigning for fellow Republican Rep. Liz Pike and against Marc Boldt, no party preference, during the Clark County chair race.
Madore was scrutinized for his use of the C-Grid, a page containing a variety of documents located at www.clark.wa.gov/c-grid, by Boldt and Republican Councilors Jeanne Stewart and Julie Olson at a council meeting earlier this month. The Republican councilor said his goal in using the page was to improve transparency. Ultimately, the board agreed to freeze the C-Grid and stop posting to it.
Email records show Madore asked county IT staff to build the C-Grid in late 2014 as they were working on the public Grid, the county’s hub for public documents and meeting agendas. Madore described the page as a “new grid for saving reference documents.” Only Madore has used the page since it was built more than a year ago.
“I’d rather not have somebody who has access to county resources have an advantage in a campaign,” said Green, who first became aware of the page when he was running his own campaign for the Clark County council District 2 seat.