OLYMPIA — Campaign committees would be less likely to hide who they are and where they get their money under a bill passed today by the Senate.
With a 46-0 vote, the Senate passed SB 5021, which requires political action committees to list the name of the person or group sponsoring them and raises the fine for major violations to $10,000. It was amended, however, to allow much lower fines for what Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, called “small, unintentional mistakes.”
Sen. Craig Pridemore, D-Vancouver, said the bill is not about reining in campaign spending. “It addresses who's giving.” he said, but it's not a panacea. “There will always be people who try to violate our rules.
The bill now goes to the House.