14th District Democratic House candidate Mathew Tomaskin continues to play catch-up with his records filings as the election draws to a close.
Tomaskin, a Parker resident and legislative liaison for the Yakama Nation, filed fundraising reports totaling $4,550 on Oct. 22, Public Disclosure Commission spokeswoman Lori Anderson said in a telephone interview.
But Tomaskin has yet to report his expenses, although campaign materials such as yard signs have been distributed widely.
“We’re getting our nickels and dimes counted with regard to filing expenses,” said Tomaskin, who was a delegate to this year’s Democratic National Convention. “We should have something filed soon.”
Tomaskin’s failure to report fundraising and expenses drew a formal complaint with the PDC filed by Yakima County Republicans chairman Max Golladay. Tomaskin said it was an error by his campaign manager that reports hadn’t been filed. He said he was unaware of problem until a PDC representative contacted him to inform him of the complaint.
Anderson said Tomaskin also failed to file mandatory reports summarizing campaign activities on Oct. 16 and Oct. 30. The Republicans’ complaint against Tomaskin is one of many complaints in races around the state that will not likely be addressed before the election is over, Anderson said.
“We will not get that one resolved before the election,” she said.
Tomaskin’s fundraising reports show the majority of his money has come from tribal and gambling interests.
The Washington Indian Gaming Association made two donations totaling $1,800, and he has received $2,300 combined from the Yakama, Colville and Tulalip nations.
The 14th Legislative District Democrats and the state Democratic Party have each contributed $100 to his campaign, well short of what the parties have contributed to other local Democrats this year.
Fellow Democratic 14th District House candidate Paul Spencer received $1,000 from the state Democrats and nearly $2,000 in donations from the 14th Legislative District Democrats.
Tomaskin is running against state Rep. Charles Ross, R-Naches. Spencer is running against state Rep. Norm Johnson, R-Yakima.
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