Comes now, the three candidates challenging Prosecuting Attorney
Russ Hauge to lead Kitsap County’s criminal and civil prosecutors,
alleging those same lawyers are cooperating with Hauge and are
breaking campaign finance laws.
The complaint to the state Public Disclosure Commission was
received Wednesday and is signed by the campaign managers of the
three primary challengers to Hauge.
The complaint alleges that the guild’s independent expenditure
of $6,300 to buy a series of print and web ads in the Kitsap Sun
was not truly independent.
Here’s how it works: Groups or people can buy ads promoting a
candidate, such as the prosecuting attorney guild has done, and not
have them considered “campaign contributions,” which are subject to
individual limits. However, they may not coordinate or involve the
candidate at all, nor may they duplicate campaign materials, said
Lori Anderson, spokeswoman for the commission.
I noticed the Hauge ads probably at the same time as the three
challengers, when I saw them in the Sun. I made a few calls. One to
the commission, one to Chad Enright, the guild president, and one
to Hauge. I
was told by Hauge he wasn’t involved, and Enright said Hauge
wasn’t involved, and they plucked the picture of Hauge from his
Here is Hauge’s campaign
Here is the attachment from the complaint, as is, which outlines
the alleged campaign finance violations committed by the guild.
What do you they think?
On July 24, 2014 an online advertisement began to appear on
the Kitsap Sun website (see Figure 1 and Figure 2). The ad stated
the following “Re-Elect Russ Hauge Kitsap County Prosecutor
Democrat.” The ad claims that “No candidate authorized this ad” and
states that the ad was paid for by The Kitsap Deputy Prosecuting
Attorney’s Guild (the “Guild”). The ad contains a picture of Mr.
Hauge that appears to be identical to the picture from Mr. Hauge’s
official campaign website (www.reelectrusshauge.com) and the
coloring, design and lettering for most of the ad appear to have
been taken directly from the banner of Mr. Hauge’s campaign website
(See Figure 3). When you click on the ad paid for by the Guild you
are taken directly to Mr. Hauge’s campaign website home page (See
Figure 3). The online ads paid for by the Guild continue to appear
with great frequency on www.kitsapsun.com.
The Guild has placed at least two 1⁄4 page print ads in the
Kitsap Sun newspaper on July 26 and 27. (See Figure 4). The print
ads paid for by the Guild appear to have an identical banner
(language, picture, art work, and color) to the banner used on Mr.
Hauge’s official campaign website (www.reelectrusshauge.com). In
addition, there is a very prominent endorsement quote in the Guild
ads from Congressman Derek Kilmer. The language used in the quote
appears to be identical to the language that is found in the same
quote from Congressman Kilmer on Mr. Hauge’s official campaign
website. (See Figure 5).
The Kitsap Deputy Prosecuting Attorney’s Guild filed a C6
form with the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) on July 25, 2014.
(See Figure 6). The Guild claimed to have spent $6,300 on
“newspaper” with the Kitsap Sun in support of Russell Hauge for
Kitsap County Prosecutor. The Guild checked the box claiming that
this money would be spent for “Independent Expenditure Ads.” The
president of the Guild, Chad Enright, signed the form under penalty
of perjury. Mr. Enright swore that the expenditure listed in the
form “was not made in cooperation, consultation, or concert with,
or at the request or suggestion of, a candidate, a candidate’s
authorized committee, or an agent of a candidate nor does it
otherwise constitute a contribution under RCW 42.17A.005.”
The evidence contained in this complaint demonstrates that
the advertisements purchased by the Guild as Independent
Expenditure Ads are actually replications of campaign materials
produced by the Committee to Re-Elect Russ Hauge Kitsap County
Prosecutor. In addition, there is evidence that there was
cooperation and coordination between the Guild, Mr. Hauge and the
Committee to Elect Russ Hauge in the production of the Guild’s ads.
Therefore, it appears that these expenditures are in violation of
campaign finance laws.
There appears to be a close association between the Guild,
Mr. Hauge and the Committee to Re-Elect Russ Hauge. All of the
members of the Kitsap Deputy Prosecuting Attorney’s Guild are Mr.
Hauge’s employees. A number of Guild members have been active in
Mr. Hauge’s campaign. (See Figure 7). About 80% of Guild members
have endorsed Mr. Hauge (See Figure 8) and about half of the Guild
membership have made financial contributions to his campaign (based
upon an examination of individual contributions made to the
Committee to Re-Elect Russ Hauge on the PDC website and a
comparison with the employment roster of the Kitsap County
The president of the Guild is a Deputy Prosecutor named Chad
Enright. Mr. Enright has been involved with Mr. Hauge’s campaign.
(See Figures 7, 9, 10 and 11). Mr. Enright has also contributed
$250 to Mr. Hauge’s campaign (See Figure 12) and endorsed him
publicly (See Figure 8). Mr. Enright has been seen attending a
number of Mr. Hauge’s campaign events including the 23rd District
Democrats endorsementmeeting where Mr. Enright spoke publicly
urging the 23rd District to endorse Mr. Hauge, the Bainbridge
Island 4th of July Parade, the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce Eggs
and Issues forum, the League of Women Voters forum and the
Silverdale Whaling Days Parade.
Based upon the content of the Guild’s political
advertisements and the close relationship between Mr. Hauge and the
Guild and its President, Chad Enright, it appears that the Kitsap
Sun advertisements purchased by the Guild were made in cooperation,
consultation, or concert with, or at the request or suggestion of
Mr. Hauge or his campaign committee. If true, this would mean that
the expenditures must be classified as a contribution to the
Committee to Re-Elect Russ Hauge (under RCW 42.17A.005(13)(a)(ii))
and would therefore violate campaign contribution limits of
The second potential violation of state campaign finance
laws comes from RCW 42.17A.005(13)(a)(iii). RCW
42.17A.005(13)(a)(iii) defines a contribution as “the financing by
a person of the dissemination, distribution, or republication, in
whole or in part, of broadcast, written, graphic, or other form of
political advertising or electioneering communication prepared by a
candidate, a political committee, or its authorized
The advertisements purchased by the Guild appear to use
identical photographs, artwork, language and endorsements to the
official campaign materials used by Mr. Hauge and his Committee to
Re-Elect Russ Hauge. In addition, the online advertisements
purchased by the Guild have a direct link to Mr. Hauge’s official
campaign website: www.reelectrusshauge.com. Therefore, the $6,300
of advertising purchased by the Guild to support Mr. Hauge’s
campaign should be classified as a contribution under both RCW
42.17A.005(13)(a)(ii) and RCW 42.17A.005(13)(a)(iii).
It is important to note that the Guild has already
contributed the maximum amount allowable to Mr. Hauge’s campaign.
On June 18, 2014, the Guild contributed $950 to Mr. Hauge’s
campaign for the primary election. (See Figure 13). Therefore, any
funds spent by the Guild on the advertisement used to promote Mr.
Hauge’s campaign website should be found to be in excess of the
PDC’s contribution limits. (See Figure 14).
This apparent unlawful campaign activity has irreparably
harmed the campaigns of Mr. Hauge’s three challengers in the
primary election: Bruce Danielson, Tina Robinson and Bob Scales,
all of whom have adhered to the PDC campaign contribution limits.
It should be noted that an expenditure of $6,300 for newspaper
advertising is extremely high and will likely have a significant
impact on the outcome of the primary election for Kitsap County
Prosecuting Attorney. By contrast, the other three campaigns for
Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney have raised a comparable amount
of cash donations for their entire campaigns (Bob Scales $7,120,
Tina Robinson $6,455, Bruce Danielson mini-reporting
The campaign committees for Bruce Danielson, Tina Robinson
and Bob Scales are urging the PDC to put an immediate end to the
apparent unlawful advertising paid for by the Kitsap Prosecuting
Attorney’s Guild and the apparent unlawful contributions given to
Russell Hauge and the Committee to Re-Elect Russ Hauge Kitsap
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