The e-mail appeared to tie future campaign contributions to legislative and gubernatorial action on a particular bill. Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, Speaker of the House Frank Chopp and Governor Chris Gregoire referred the matter to law enforcement.
“We certainly understand why the recipients were concerned,” said Batiste. “It was entirely appropriate for them to have requested a criminal review.”
Because detectives were quickly able to determine the e-mail did not violate criminal statutes, no investigation beyond the initial review was necessary.
At the request of the Public Disclosure Commission, all materials reviewed by WSP detectives will be forwarded to the commission.