Payment for Rossi mailers comes under scrutiny; State A.G. files suit against GOP - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Payment for Rossi mailers comes under scrutiny; State A.G. files suit against GOP

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Attorney General Rob McKenna is suing the state Republican Party over alleged campaign finance violations. The Republican attorney general filed the suit Friday in King County Superior Court, and then handed all responsibility for the case to his chief deputy, Brian Moran.

McKenna's spokeswoman says he is not handling the case because of his long-standing friendship with the state Republican chairman, Luke Esser. Esser has worked for McKenna in the past.

The Public Disclosure Commission had asked McKenna to look into the case. The issue is whether Republicans used the wrong account to pay for three mailers promoting Republican Dino Rossi over Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire in the August primary election.

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