House Republicans File Complaint on Campaign Contributions to Goodman

The state House GOP group files a complaint charging the 45th District Democrats with hiding the source of $22,000 in contributions to the Kirkland incumbent. The 45th District Democrats deny it and list the sources.


The state House Republican Committee has filed a complaint with the State Attorney General’s Office accusing the 45th District Democrats of hiding the source of $22,000 in contributions to Democratic State Rep. Roger Goodman.

The House Republicans said in a press release that the 45th District Democrats group had given Goodman’s campaign $22,000 while reporting only $2,673 in its bank account.

Goodman, the 45th District Position 1 state House incumbent from Kirkland, faces Republican Joel Hussey of Redmond in the Nov. 6 general election.

The chairman of the 45th District Democrats, Trent Latta of Kirkland, said the group is not hiding anything and that the complaint is a political ploy by the Republicans.

“We deny any wrongdoing," he said. “It’s hard to tell exactly what they are complaining about. We’ve already been in touch with the Public Disclosure Commission about it.”

House Republican Organizational Committee Political Director Kevin Carns said in the press release, “Washington State voters have the absolute right to know the source of contributions and the expenditures being made to influence their vote. Voters deserve immediate action on potentially illegal money that is flooding into this legislative race.”

But Latta said the 45th District Democrats have given Goodman less money than campaign finance laws allow. “Our board made a decision to contribute to Roger Goodman,” he said, “We are actually well under what we can legally give him.”

Latta said the money given to Goodman came from the political action committees the Harry Truman Fund, the Roosevelt Fund and Justice for All, as well as the employee groups Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare and Washington Federation of State Employees.

Here is the entire press release from the state House Republicans:

The single largest donor to Representative Roger Goodman has repeatedly hidden the source of its contributions and is deliberately misleading the public to avoid disclosure, according to a formal complaint filed with the Attorney General’s office.

The 45th  District Democrats have made multiple contributions to 45th  District Democratic candidate Roger Goodman without filing any information on the source of those contributions. They are charged with hiding the source of donations intended for Roger Goodman, failure to file multiple reports as required by law and engaging in an effort to conceal the source of those donations to Roger Goodman’s campaign.

The following contributions have been reported by candidate Roger Goodman’s campaign for state representative:

  • 45th  District Democrats, 7/22/2012, $4500 (Primary)
  • 45th  District Democrats, 10/5/2012, $4000 (General)
  • 45th District Democrats, 10/15/2012, $13500 (General)

The 45th District Democrats have funneled $22,000 to Roger Goodman since late July, yet report having only $2673.00 in their bank account.

“Washington State voters have the absolute right to know the source of contributions and the expenditures being made to influence their vote” said House Republican Organizational Committee Political Director Kevin Carns. “Voters deserve immediate action on potentially illegal money that is flooding into this legislative race”.

Kevin Carns October 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Mr. Latta knows exactly what the complaint is about. He is outright lying to the public and the press. The 45th District Democrats poured illegally reported contributions into Roger Goodmans campaign, that much is clear The reports that were due weeks and months ago are just being filed. Whether it was due to sheer incompetence or coordinated effort to conceal donors is irrelevant. They clearly broke the law and are lying to cover it up.
Eagle October 24, 2012 at 08:28 AM
Surprised there aren't any pot groups in there as well, considering his penchant for speaking at pot groups and making that his signature issue when he tried to run for congress.
Sue Miles October 26, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Wow. I voted for Goodman in his last reelection. I won't be making that mistake again. Unfortunately, his misusing of funds does not surprise me.
Trent Latta October 26, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Sue, Roger Goodman has not misused any funds whatsoever. Nor has he received any illegal contributions. The HROC's complaint arises only from alleged delays in REPORTING made by a group that gave money to Goodman's campaign. The complaint filed by the HROC has nothing to do with how Goodman has used his funds. It is telling as well that the HROC - the campaign arm of the Republican Party's House Candidates - filed the complaint so close to the general election.
Kevin Carns October 26, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Mr. Latta, your organization either due to incompetence or a deliberate attempt to con ceal donors, illegally washed over $20k into Roger Goodmans campaign. Voters have the right to know the source of financial contributions, it is state law. If you cannot report of six months or more, you shouldnt be passing special interest money to Democrat candidates for the legislature.
Kevin Carns October 26, 2012 at 04:51 PM
We filed the complaint because your organization was blatantly breaking state campaign laws for months Mr. Latta. I would expect the Democrats to do the same given the circumstances.
Trent Latta October 26, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Thank you for your comment Kevin. And you will see that all of the organization's contributions and expenditures are now reported with the PDC. No illegal contributions were made, as you suggest. And Roger Goodman has nothing whatsoever to do with the organization's reporting, as you know, so please stop suggesting that he does. Trent
Kevin Carns October 26, 2012 at 05:03 PM
So washing $20k + of special interest money to pass on to Roger has nothing to do with him? These special interest groups just happen to love the 45th Dems so much that they decided to rain money on you? I think not. More likely, Roger twisted their arms to give big, you agreed to turn the cash around and then failed to report the source of contributions. Roger is complicit in all of this as the one who gained the most.
Trent Latta October 26, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Kevin, you are lodging some serious allegations without any factual basis for them. Your complaint is for an unrelated organization's lapse in reporting. Those delays have now been remedied and all information is available to the public. So please stop making such unsupported claims.
Ken James October 27, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Nothing to see here, folks... just Democrats working so hard that they forgot some minor paperwork, everything is on the 'up and up'. They did not have improper fiscal relationships with that politician, Roger Goodman. They didn't lie, not a single time.


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