State Ethics Board Investigating Allegations in 4th District Congressional Race
Per information, emails, and letters presented by the Clint Didier Campaign, the Washington State Ethics Board is looking at claims the Washington State Potato Commission is illegally supporting certain candidates.
Didier's attorney sent the information and a letter to the Department of Agriculture demanding the Commission stop utilizing it's resources to support the campaigns of Senator Patty Murray, and 4th District Congressional Candidate Dan Newhouse.
According to information from the Didier campaign:
"State law prohibits using facilities of an agency, directly or indirectly, stationery, postage, machines, and equipment (such as computers and email servers), vehicles, office space, publications of the office or agency, and clientele lists of persons served by the office or agency for the purpose of assisting a campaign for election of a person to an office...
...Chris Voigt, the Executive Director of the Potato Commission, according to the Yakima Herald-Republic, 'admitted using his Potato Commission email for political communications and using a vehicle from the Potato Commission to deliver signs.' As a result, it appears that Mr. Voigt has violated prohibitions set forth under both state and federal law."
Such laws are in place to avoid any potential conflict of interest. Voigt also serves as a fundraising chair of the Newhouse campaign, and is being investigated by the State Ethics Board for sponsoring a high-end fund raiser for Senator Murray.