Washington Democrat Charged With Embezzling at Least $250K

Prosecutors say he used the funds to feed booze, gambling habits


Prosecutors charged Michael King, the former executive director of Washington state’s Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, of embezzling at least $250,000 in campaign donations.

King allegedly wrote himself checks from the campaign account and then used the money to feed his alcohol and gambling problems between 2011 and 2013, according to the Seattle Times.

The Times reported:

King, 32, of Seattle, is charged with eight counts of theft carrying a possible sentence of 22 to 29 months, the Prosecutor’s Office said. He is set to be arraigned Oct. 7.

The alleged thefts diverted campaign donations that could have helped Democrats maintain control over the state Senate.

In Southwest Washington last year, Democrat Tim Probst fell just 74 votes short of unseating Republican state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver. A few months later, Republicans joined with two conservative Democrats to seize control of the state Senate