Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Oct 4 2016

Statement from Washington State Attorney General’s Office Communications Director Peter Lavallee:  "I want to set the record straight:  Contrary to any insinuation by the Kim Wyman campaign, Attorney General Bob Ferguson played no role in the decision, the substance or the filing of today’s campaign-finance complaint.  Career Attorney General’s Office legal staff made those calls.
"The Wyman campaign might have missed this passage in our press release:  'Attorney General Bob Ferguson is recused and has been screened from involvement in the matter.'
"The following statement from the Wyman campaign is thus inaccurate and highly misleading, suggesting, as it does, personal involvement by the AG:  'I expect that the Attorney General will follow the PDC’s recommendation to treat this as a minor violation with extenuating circumstances, and that he is not pursuing this purely for political purposes.'
"I trust the Wyman campaign will draw the proper distinctions going forward."


The Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal office for the state of Washington with attorneys and staff in 27 divisions across the state providing legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and commissions. Visit www.atg.wa.gov to learn more.


Peter Lavallee, Communications Director, (360) 586-0725; PeterL@atg.wa.gov