Political ads challenging Eastside state Senate candidate draw complaints

The advertising blitz is being fueled by a flood of campaign cash pouring into the 45th District state Senate race. That Eastside contest is expected to determine which party controls the state Senate.

Cable TV ads in a high-stakes Eastside state Senate race claim Democratic candidate Manka Dhingra mismanaged a nonprofit organization and suggest the veteran prosecutor isn’t earning her salary.

The GOP-associated political-action committee (PAC) Working Families pulled one of the ads this week following a complaint by state Democrats, according to a Comcast email that was provided by the Washington Senate Democratic Campaign.

But Mark Lamb, an attorney representing Working Families, said Friday the ad wasn’t pulled because of the complaint. The ad had already been scheduled to come off the air, Lamb said, adding that it will be back on TV soon.

A second ad, also paid for by Working Families, has drawn complaints for questioning Dhingra’s work ethic as an employee of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

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The advertising blitz is being fueled by a flood of campaign cash pouring into the 45th Legislative District, which includes Duvall, Woodinville and parts of Redmond and Kirkland.

Outside political committees reported more than $500,000 in new spending just this week, most of it from groups opposing Dhingra.

The contest is expected to be the most expensive state legislative race in Washington history, and determine which party controls the state Senate.

As of Friday, candidates and outside political groups had raised or spent about $3 million on the race, according to state records.

Dhingra faces Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund and independent candidate Parker Harris in the Aug. 1 primary. Dhingra and Englund are expected to advance to the November general election.

An attorney representing the Washington State Democratic Party contacted Comcast…

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