OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate and state Attorney General Rob McKenna has returned nearly $14,000 in donations from people tied to a firm that helps mediate foreclosures.
McKenna's office had put the company, Northwest Trustee Services, Inc., on notice in 2010 that they could face investigation, but his campaign accepted donations from the donors on Sept. 30. He has since returned the money, according to an amended financial disclosure form that was submitted on Feb. 9, the same day McKenna announced Washington state's share of a $25 billion settlement with the nation's biggest mortgage lenders over foreclosure abuses.
McKenna campaign spokesman Charles McCray said that the timing was a coincidence, and noted that the refund was made on Feb. 2, and that the Feb. 9 filing was in advance of a Feb. 10 filing deadline.
"The mortgage settlement is unrelated to the refunds," he said. "The important part to focus on is that we made the refund."
The $13,800 in donations was made by three attorneys, and two wives, associated with either the law firm Routh, Crabtree, Olsen, or Bellevue-based Northwest Trustee Services Inc. The law firm is an affiliate of the trustee.
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