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SUNDAY, DEC. 4, 2016


SATURDAY, OCT. 17, 2015

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29, 2014

MONDAY, OCT. 13, 2014

Elway Poll: Voters split on gun initiatives 

OLYMPIA -- Support for both gun initiatives on the November ballot is falling, but the proposal to expand background checks to most sales still has majority support, a new Elway Research poll says. Three of five voters polled last week said they would definitely or...

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Sunday Spin: Gun inits duel over cop support 

OLYMPIA – Law enforcement agencies may not be getting much love in most of the country after images of heavily armed cops filled news coverage of protests in Ferguson, Missouri. But here in Washington, the dueling gun initiatives are competing for the claim of “cops...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 22, 2014

This is a map of the contributions to I-594 by Washington State ZIP code (Jim Camden)

Gun initiatives: Where the money comes from 

The vast majority of money supporting the initiative to expand background checks on guns comes from just 10 ZIP codes in the Seattle area, much of it from people with ties to the state's tech industry. An analysis of contributions reported to the state Public...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 27, 2012

Sunday Spin: Democrats flip-flop and denounce donor 

Several court decisions make clear that political contributions are protected political speech, so in most cases donors are free to make them. Missing from all the discussions about the kinds and limits of the donations, however, is the responsibility of the people on the other...

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MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012

Big money continues to roll in to campaigns

With just two weeks left for voters to return their general election ballots, large amounts of money are flowing into some Washington campaigns for top offices and measures that propose major changes to state law. The state Democratic Party reported a $350,000 contribution Monday to...

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MONDAY, OCT. 15, 2012

PDC: Inslee campaign followed rules

The state’s campaign watchdog on Monday rejected complaints about contributions and spending by Democrat Jay Inslee. Just days before Washington’s voter get their ballots in the mail and just over three weeks before the deadline to mail them back, the Public Disclosure Commission voted unanimously...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012

Cantwell has big lead in poll, fundraising 

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell's re-election campaign was crowing about two bits of good news for her: Federal Election Commission reports filed this week showed she raised more than $1 million fo the third quarter of this campaign year. And a new poll by Rasmussen Reports...

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Sunday Spin: Asking for money a waste of an e-mail

Last week, like most weeks, among the hundreds of e-mails that made it through the spam filter were some cheery yet urgent missives from politicians. Among them was one from Patty Murray, Washington’s Democratic senior senator, andanother from Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican. Not...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2012

Who's buying whom in Congress?

Powered by Tableau A Washington, D.C., group that researches money in politics has created lists of what organizations spend what on whom, congressionally speaking. MapLight also has put its research on a map that allows you go see that information with a few clicks of...

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MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2012

FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2012

School Board campaign limits pass House 

OLYMPIA -- A proposal to place the same limits on campaign contributions to school board candidates that apply to legislators and other city and county candidates passed the House overwhelmingly Friday. But not before some grousing by a few Republicans who thought the Legislature has...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 15, 2012

SUNDAY, DEC. 11, 2011


Long freeze coming for some candidates

OLYMPIA -- The upcoming special session of the Legislature may complicate campaign cash-grabbing for some candidates, but give others a leg up. State law bans state elected officials from accepting campaign contributions during a special session and from 30 days before a regular session until...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2011

Murray in Common Cause sights for defense $

Super committee co-chairwoman Patty Murray gets more money from defense contractors than any other member of the panel assembled to find ways to cut the budget deficit. So says Common Cause, a public watchdog organization and longtime critic of the campaign financing system, in a...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 5, 2010

Money pours into initiative campaigns

Soda pop sellers, liquor distributors and discount retailers are pouring millions of dollars into Washington to convince you how to vote on a slew of statewide ballot measures.Some $30 million so far – the majority from out of state – has flooded the coffers of...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2010


MONDAY, NOV. 2, 2009

Following the money: Prop 4 spending

(Note: This story appeared in Sunday's paper, and through an oversight on my part didn't get posted simultaneously to the blog. So it appears here with links to the spread sheets that show the campaign spending, for those political junkies out there that eat this...

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On the Web: Deep Throat would be proud

Follow the money. That's what Deep Throat told Bob Woodward during Watergate. Or at least, that's what Hal Holbrook told Robert Redford in the Hollywood version.People have been repeating the admonition ever since. And the National Institute on Money in State Politics has borrowed it...

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