Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson
announced Dec. 19 that his office has filed a complaint in Thurston County Superior
Court against Teresa Purcell for alleged campaign finance violations.
Purcell is a former Democratic legislative candidate in the 19th Legislative
to Ferguson’s office, Purcell failed to timely report debts and obligations as
they were incurred. Purcell allegedly filed reports only when the invoices were
paid, which often occurred months later. Ferguson also charged Purcell with
failing to report complete information for 42 of her contributors.
began in October when Ferguson received a citizen action notice from Glen
Morgan alleging multiple campaign finance violations by Purcell and her committee,
People for Teresa Purcell. After reviewing the complaint, the state discovered
that Purcell purportedly bought services such as video and film creation,
political advertising and yard signs, and did not report the debts until
invoices were paid.
office seeks penalties and injunctive relief. The defendants have 20 days from
the date they were served to respond to the complaint. Senior assistant attorney general Linda Dalton and assistant attorney general Walter Smith are handling