The executive director of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission had recommended dismissing the complaint, which related to bans on donations from city contractors and from companies that have lobbied the city.
The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission dismissed a campaign-contributions complaint Thursday against mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan’s campaign.
The commission’s executive director, Wayne Barnett, had recommended dismissing the complaint, which related to bans on donations from city contractors and from companies that have lobbied the city.
Of the five donations cited in the complaint, Barnett said only a $500 donation to Durkan’s campaign from Microsoft was clearly illegal. Two of the donations were legal and the remaining two were in a gray area.
“The public interest is not served by holding campaigns to a standard of perfection,” Barnett said in a memo.
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The commission vote Thursday was 6-0, with one commissioner disclosing a prior friendship and professional relationship with Durkan.
The complaint accused Durkan’s campaign of violating provisions of Honest Elections Seattle, approved by voters in 2015 as Initiative 122. It was filed by three people who worked on I-122, including one who has endorsed Durkan rival Cary Moon in the Nov. 7 election and donated to her campaign.
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