A possible investigation of the campaign in support of Benton County's proposed public safety tax ballot measure will be left up to the state Public Disclosure Committee.
The Office of the Washington State Attorney General referred allegations of the use of public resources for political purposes to the Public Disclosure Commission "for review and possible investigation," according to a letter to the commission this week.
If the commission determines an administrative hearing is appropriate, it should advise the Office of the Attorney General, said the letter signed by Linda Dalton, senior assistant attorney general.
Leon Howard of West Richland alleges that county and city officials used their positions to solicit contributions, raised campaign money before the measure was placed on the ballot and used public resources to organize the campaign.
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Proponents of the tax have dismissed Howard's claims as "dirty politics" and a publicity stunt.