Jane Hague's Husband Uses Shell Companies to Funnel Cash to Her Campaign



Long-time conservative King County Councilmember Jane Hague is in a tough re-election matchup with progressive Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci to represent District 6 on the King County Council. Balducci has a strong track record of bringing people together to get things done in Bellevue, especially her leadership working across party lines to bring light rail to the Eastside. Hague knows she is in the political fight of her life, which has led her husband to resort to desperate, illegal tactics to funnel money to her campaign.

springman.jpg Charles "C" Edward Springman is Hague's husband. He is also the President and CEO of Sherron Associates, Inc and the "President, Secretary, Treasurer, Director" of CES properties.

Sherron Associates "is a property development, construction and management firm." The company appears to set up separate legal entities, usually LLCs, for dozens of their individual real estate projects. Springman himself is listed as a "Registered Agent" for 70 of these type of companies through the Secretary of State.

Together, Sherron Associates and CES Properties are the parent companies which control Springman's corporate real estate portfolio. They both share the same address: 12301 NE 10th Pl, Suite 303 Bellevue, WA 98005.

At least 14 of the companies tied to Springman have made a contribution to Jane Hague's campaign. Of these donations, 12 were a $950 max contribution and 6 of these donations were made recently during one week in mid-October, for a total of $12,200. Many of these LLCs even share the same address and office suite number with Sherron/CES and appear to be purely legal entities set up for each building or real estate project. It's clear that Springman is using his broad network of real estate shell companies to funnel late, maximum contributions to his wife's re-election campaign.

It is illegal under Washington state law for one person to donate more than $950 during the general election. By hiding behind his shell companies in order to donate thousands of dollars to his wife's campaign, Springman and Jane Hague are making a mockery of Washington state public financing laws.

We expect better from our elected officials. We urge the Washington state Public Disclosure Commission to thoroughly investigate this matter and pursue all appropriate penalties under the law.


springmanhaguemoneysmall.jpg Springman or a company he leads is a Governing Person for nearly all of these legal entities. According to the State of Washington Business Licensing Service: Governing People: These are the individuals that control a business. The term is most often applied to the controlling persons of legal entities such as officers of a corporation or partners in a partnership. The "Title" of a Governing Person is based on the duties or roles performed. http://bls.dor.wa.gov/LicenseSearch/lqsDefinitions.aspx?DefCode=defGP

Here is a list of Springman's fourteen businesses that have donated to Hague's campaign:

Pleasant Creek Association


Pleasant Creek Corners Associates L.P. lists C Edward Springman as the Registered Agent and CES Properties as a Governing "Partner" with the state. http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detail.aspx?ubi=602610250


Woodwind Association

Woodwind Homeowners Association is registered in Texas to Sherron Associates with the same mailing address: 12301 NE 10th Place, Suite 303, Bellevue WA 98005. https://mycpa.cpa.state.tx.us/coa/servlet/cpa.app.coa.CoaGetTp?Pg=tpid&Search_Nm=woodwind%20&Button=search&Search_ID=30007821587

Belmont-Colvin LLC

Belmont-Colvin (Sherron Associates) LLC lists CES Properties as its Registered Agent and Governing "Manager" with the state of Washington. http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detail.aspx?ubi=603242587

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Springman's office, the location of nearly a dozen businesses that have donated to Hague's re-election campaign

Belmont/Republican Associates LLC

Belmont/Republican Associates lists C Edward Springman as its Registered Agent and CES Properties as its Governing "Manager" with the state. Both addresses are listed at the 12301 NE 10th Place #303, Bellevue 98005. http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detail.aspx?ubi=601879595


Highlander Associates

Highland Associates lists C Edward Springman as its Registered Agent and Sherron Associates as its Governing "Manager" with the state. Addresses for both entities are listed as 12301 NE 10th Place, Suite 303 Bellevue. http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detail.aspx?ubi=602946845


Mickelberry Self Storage

There is no company called Mickelberry Self Storage registered with the state of Washington. However, Mickelberry Center One LLC (expired 3/31/2002) lists C Edward Springman as the Governing "Manager" and the Mickelberry Center Owners Association (expired 8/31/04) lists C Edward Springman as its Registered Agent. Both companies are legally inactive.

http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detail.aspx?ubi=601939706 http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detail.aspx?ubi=601651820


Market Street Townhomes LLC

Market Street Townhomes LLC lists C Edward Springman as its Registered Agent and CES Properties as its Governing "Manager" in its Secretary of State filings. The business license with the Dept. of Revenue lists CES Properties as the governing people. http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detail.aspx?ubi=603340723


Lake Sawyer Loan Fund LLC

Lake Sawyer Loan Fund lists C Edward Springman as the Registered Agent for Lake Sawyer Loan Fund. In addition, the company names CES Properties as its Governing "Manager" and addresses for both entities are listed as 12301 NE 10th Place, Suite 303 Bellevue. http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detail.aspx?ubi=603370839


CES Properties

CES Properties is one of the two main companies that C Edward Springman runs. The corporate filings with the Secretary of State list Springman as the "President, Secretary, Treasurer, Director" of CES Properties. http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detail.aspx?ubi=601840756


Forum Real Estate Group LLC

Jan Eivin Hansen is the VP for Finance and Acquisitions for Sherron. He is listed as the Governing "Manager" of Forum Real Estate Group in the corporate filings with the Secretary of State. The listed address is 12301 NE 10th Place, Suite 303, Bellevue.

http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detail.aspx?ubi=601972302 http://www.sherronassoc.com/people.htm


Westwood Associates

Westwood Associates is registered in Texas with the same mailing address of Sherron/CES: 12301 NE 10th Place, Suite 303, Bellevue WA 98005. https://mycpa.cpa.state.tx.us/coa/servlet/cpa.app.coa.CoaGetTp?Pg=tpid&Search_Nm=westwood%20associates%20&Button=search&Search_ID=32040208814


Guardian Self Storage Association

The corporate documents filed with the Secretary of State list C Edward Springman as the Governing "Manager" and CES Properties as the Registered Agent for Guardian Self Storage Associates, LLC. (http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detail.aspx?ubi=602005443)


Empire Way Asates

Empire Way Associates lists Sherron Associates as the Governing "Manager" with the state. The address for Empire Way Associates listed on the PDC campaign finance disclosure documents is also the same as Sherron Associates: 12301 NE 10th Place, Suite 303 Bellevue. http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detail.aspx?ubi=602135991


Sherron Asates
Sherron Associates is the parent company for these LLCs run by C Edward Springman. http://sherronassoc.com/people.htm

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