SEATLLE, Wash. -

The former executive director of a state Senate Democratic campaign committee pleaded guilty Thursday in Seattle to eight counts of theft of campaign contributions.

Michael Walter King admitting he embezzled up to $330,000, much of which was spent at casinos.

The Seattle Times reports prosecutors are recommending a two-year prison sentence for the 32-year-old Seattle man when he is sentenced Nov. 22 in King County Superior Court. He'll also have to pay $250,000 in restitution.

The fund was established to help Democratic candidates win state Senate elections. Charging papers say King swindled campaign funds with faked expenses.

The Times reports diverted donations might have helped Democrats maintain control over the state Senate.