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Hospital administrator fined for violating campaign laws

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RENTON, Wash. - The chief administrator of Valley Medical Center in Renton has agreed to pay a $120,000 fine for violating state campaign finance laws. The state Public Disclosure Commission made the announcement of the proposed settlement today. The penalty ranks with the highest in commission history.

According to the commission, the violation by CEO Rich Goodman was done in efforts to win voter approval of a property tax increase and the expansion of the hospital's tax district. State law prohibits officials of public agencies such as Valley Medical from spending public money on elections.

In a proposed settlement of a complaint against him, the commission says Roodman admitted to violations in campaigns for two ballot measures. The commission will consider the proposed settlement at a meeting tomorrow.

The settlement calls for Roodman to pay the $120,000 fine, with an additional $75,000 fine suspended provided he doesn't repeat the violation for at least four years.

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