Charges Up to 300K stolen from state Senate Dems

first_imgSEATTLE — The former head of a campaign committee supporting Democratic state Senate candidates has been charged with theft after prosecutors said he admitted embezzling up to $300,000 to feed his drinking and gambling habits.Michael King, 32, faces eight counts of theft in King County Superior Court. Charging papers filed Tuesday say he confessed to stealing $200,000 to $300,000.“I did these things and I have to accept consequences and I do,” King said during a recorded interview with a prosecutor, according to a probable cause statement filed in the case.King, who had been respected in political circles for his acumen, headed the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, which fielded donations from political action committees, companies and individuals and directed them to Democratic senators and candidates.The financial irregularities came to light after a review discovered that King had appeared to have spent significant sums on polling after last fall’s election, when there was no reason to conduct polling, Seattle police said.His bank account showed dozens of withdrawals made at Goldie’s casino in Shoreline, the Tulalip Casino in Marysville and the Silver Dollar Casino in SeaTac, a detective wrote in the probable cause statement.last_img