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Spokane Democratic Central Committee reaches settlement over campaign finance law violations

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

OLYMPIA — The state of Washington has reached a settlement with the Spokane County Democratic Central Committee's (SCDCC) former chairman and executive director and its former treasurer over state campaign finance law violations, according to the Washington State Attorney General's Office. 

The Attorney General's Office lawsuit against the SCDCC's former chair and executive director Jim CastroLang and treasurer Justin Galloway alleges the pair did not file disclosure reports for $104,190 in contributions received by the SCDCC. The SCDCC also did not file reports on more than $110,000 in expenditures and political candidate contributions, the Attorney General's Office said.  

About 180 disclosure reports were turned in late to the Public Disclosure Commission, including some that were more than a year late. Reports on CastroLang's salary payments were also not turned in on time, according to the Attorney General's Office. 

According to the settlement agreement, the SCDCC will pay $72,000 in penalties and more than $11,300 in costs and fees. In addition, CastroLong has been ordered to pay $1,500 in penalties and Galloway will pay $500 in penalties, the Attorney General's Office said. 


The case, was handled by Washington senior assistant attorney general Linda Dalton and the assistant attorney general Todd Sipe due to Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson's recusal from the case. 

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