SUNDAY, DEC. 4, 2016
SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2016
Sat., July 16, 2016, 5:45 p.m.
Emails begging for cash fill Inbox come from all sides but have a familiar ring.
SATURDAY, OCT. 17, 2015
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29, 2014
Wed., Oct. 29, 2014, 5:35 p.m.
OLYMPIA – With control of the state Senate in the balance, legislative candidates could pull in record amounts of money. Some ballot measure campaigns also are spending heavily as the election deadline approaches. Their fates may be decided by a relatively small number of voters....
MONDAY, OCT. 13, 2014
Mon., Oct. 13, 2014, 10:07 a.m.
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...
SATURDAY, SEPT. 6, 2014
Sat., Sept. 6, 2014, 6:01 p.m.
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...
FRIDAY, AUG. 22, 2014
Fri., Aug. 22, 2014, 11:30 p.m.
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...
SATURDAY, OCT. 27, 2012
Sat., Oct. 27, 2012, 5:09 p.m.
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...
MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012
Mon., Oct. 22, 2012, 6:40 p.m.
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...
MONDAY, OCT. 15, 2012
Mon., Oct. 15, 2012, 4:23 p.m.
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...
THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012
Thu., Oct. 4, 2012, 3:48 p.m.
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...
SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2012
Sat., June 23, 2012, 5:41 p.m.
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...
TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2012
Tue., Feb. 7, 2012, 11:33 a.m.
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...
MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2012
Mon., Jan. 30, 2012, 6:26 p.m.
OLYMPIA – In the wake of a campaign season that saw a single donor spend nearly $21 million on an initiative to change state liquor laws, a House panel approved a proposal that requires political ads for or against a ballot measure would have to...
FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2012
Fri., Jan. 27, 2012, 4:20 p.m.
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...
SUNDAY, JAN. 15, 2012
Sun., Jan. 15, 2012, 8 a.m.
After dinging Rep. Andy Billig a bit below on proposed changes to voter registration, it only seems fair to note an excellent idea of his, which also got a hearing last week. The Spokane Democrat has a bill that would set the same $800 limit...
SUNDAY, DEC. 11, 2011
Sun., Dec. 11, 2011, 6 a.m.
OLYMPIA – Washington Republicans are exorcised over a wrinkle in state election laws that restricts some candidates, but not others, from raising money during a legislative session. Their concern is logical, although not necessarily consistent. It goes like this: No state elected official can raise...
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2, 2011
Wed., Nov. 2, 2011, 12:07 p.m.
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...
TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2011
Tue., Nov. 1, 2011, 4:04 p.m.
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...
SUNDAY, SEPT. 5, 2010
Sun., Sept. 5, 2010, 6:55 a.m.
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...
THURSDAY, SEPT. 2, 2010
SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2010
Sun., June 27, 2010, 6:25 a.m.
Washington voters are on track to have at least nine statewide measures on the Nov. 2 ballot, which would be a state record. While some applaud this as a triumph of direct democracy, it is, more accurately, a triumph of electoral capitalism.Along with three referenda...
SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2010
Sat., March 27, 2010, 8:18 p.m.
OLYMPIA – With little fanfare last week, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill that could force a big change in Spokane politics.Senate Bill 6344 could cut the tendons of groups that have flexed the most muscle in recent city council and mayoral campaigns, the city...
MONDAY, NOV. 2, 2009
Mon., Nov. 2, 2009, 2:28 p.m.
(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...
MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2009
Mon., April 6, 2009, 10:31 a.m.
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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