Washington State Auditor

Indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley suddenly returned to office Tuesday, pending his federal criminal trial in March for money laundering and tax evasion. The first-term Democrat is also under investigation by the state for hiring a former business associate to work in the auditor’s office.

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Indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has returned to office. The first-term Democrat abruptly ended his seven month leave of absence  Tuesday. He says it’s because of efforts to impeach him.

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Another candidate has joined the 2016 race for Washington State auditor. It’s a Seattle attorney who’s never run for public office.

The auditor’s job is to shine a light on how public dollars are spent…or misspent.

Democrat Jeff Sprung said he’s had a similar career focus - fighting for taxpayers. And he wants to bring that experience, and a fresh perspective, to state government.

“I’m an outsider to Olympia and I have no stake in fighting old battles," Sprung said. "For the job of the people’s watchdog, I think that’s exactly what’s needed.”

A bipartisan group of Washington lawmakers has introduced a resolution to impeach indicted State Auditor Troy Kelley. That announcement Monday follows months of calls for the first-term Democrat to resign after being charged with possession of stolen funds and tax evasion unrelated to his duties in office.

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Indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley won a victory Thursday  in a pre-trial hearing in Tacoma. He gets back money the feds seized from him--even though for now he can't spend it.

In the second day of a pretrial hearing in the case of indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley, defense attorney Angelo Calfo continued to question the lead FBI investigator in the case. Calfo is seeking to undermine key foundational elements of the theft, money laundering and tax evasion case against Kelley even before it reaches a scheduled trial in March. 

The attorney for indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley aggressively sought to undermine the case against his client during a pretrial hearing in Tacoma.

Indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is scheduled to be back in court Tuesday. He’s fighting to get back nearly $1 million the feds seized in September.

The attorney for indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley wants some of the charges against his client dropped. Attorney Angelo Calfo is also petitioning a judge to break apart the criminal indictment into separate trials.

Washington Republicans have been talking about impeaching indicted state Auditor Troy Kelley. But now one of Kelley’s fellow Democrats says it’s time to proceed.

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