The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has filed a complaint in Thurston County Superior Court against former legislative candidate Teresa Purcell.
The AGO says that Purcell, who ran against Representative Jim Walsh for the 19th District Seat, had multiple campaign finance violations during the election.
The allegations state that Purcell “failed to timely report debts and obligations as they were incurred, instead filing reports only when the invoices were paid — potentially months late — as well as failure to report complete information for 42 contributors.”
According to a release, the AGO received a Citizen Action Notice alleging violations of public disclosure laws by Purcell and her committee, People for Teresa Purcell. These allegations said that Purcell failed to report debts at the time they were incurred, as required by law, and failed to report contributor employer or occupation information.
During a review, the state discovered that Purcell and the committee purchased video creation, political advertising and yard signs, but reported the debts only after invoices were paid.
AGO staff also found that the campaign failed to report information on 42 individuals.
The state is seeking penalties and relief.
The defendants will have 20 days to respond.