Complaint filed over Shea’s use of leftover campaign funds

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Republican State Rep. Matt Shea’s use of leftover campaign funds for contributions to conservative groups has drawn a complaint from a Democratic watchdog.

Olympia attorney Walter Smith this month asked the Public Disclosure Commission to investigate donations of surplus campaign funds by Shea, R-Spokane Valley, to groups that aren’t registered as charities with the state of Washington.

The groups include Americans for America, which describes itself as “defending Western civilization and its Judeo-Christian heritage against all enemies, especially Islamic supremacism”; and Citizens for Free Speech, which opposes false propaganda.

The Spokesman-Review reported that Shea contributed $3,500 to Americans for America in September and $2,000 to Citizens for Free Speech in August.

Shea said in an email that all the organizations involved in the complaint are charities.