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UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 9:02 a.m.

‘Ghost gun’ ban, other firearms laws signed

New gun laws could be “model” for rest of country, Gov. Jay Inslee says.


Spin Control: State Democrats’ talk doesn’t match actions in alarm raised about Matt Shea

State Democrats asking for donations over the controversy surrounding Rep. Matt Shea.


Brace for an ad onslaught as big money pours into initiative campaigns

Millions of dollars pour into initiative campaigns, fueling ads on television, the internet and in the mailbox.


Paul Allen backed initiatives and candidates

Paul G. Allen backed gun control and animal protection measures and was a bipartisan supporter of candidates


UPDATED: Sat., July 14, 2018, 10:13 a.m.

McMorris Rodgers, Brown both claim wins in money race

Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown both report big gains in campaign dollars.


UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 10:09 a.m.

Spin Control: Candidates can be relentless in the race for cash

Pleas for money fill up the inbox in campaign season.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 10:46 p.m.

Greater campaign information required by bills

State residents would know more about parties who spend money for campaign ads under two bills heard by a Senate panel Friday.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 9:08 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers reject removing campaign contribution limits

An Idaho legislative panel charged with reviewing possible campaign finance reforms has rejected a proposal to lift the state’s campaign contribution limits.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 3:58 p.m.

Some Democrats returning money they received from Weinstein

Congressional Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and potential 2020 presidential contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren among them, are starting to give charities thousands of dollars in donations they had received …


Transparency shouldn’t be gamed for political gain

Transparency and open government are important principles. If broadly and fairly applied, they should be supported. If not, it’s the cynical thrust and parry of politics.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 10:40 p.m.

Kim Wyman to pay $10,000 over campaign finance violations

Secretary of state fined more than $10,000 for failing to report campaign contributions on time.


Control of Washington Legislature could be influenced with ‘independent’ cash

Independent campaigns for and against Washington legislative candidates are hitting a record.


Spin Control: Political requests for cash constant, from all sides

Emails begging for cash fill inbox during dog days of summer.


Spin Control: Democrats’ email fundraising pitches relentless

There are mornings when the content of my email inbox suggests the Democratic Party has been replaced by an online fundraising machine bent on extracting money from unsuspecting rubes by …


Washington election: Campaigns spending heavily as deadline nears

OLYMPIA – With control of the Washington Senate in the balance, legislative candidates could pull in record amounts of money, and some ballot measure campaigns are spending heavily as the …


Gun control measure backing from Seattle region

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 …


Two gun control issues will be on Washington ballot

OLYMPIA – Washington voters will face a pair of gun control issues this fall and will probably decide whether to have fewer students in some public school classes. But, because …


McMorris Rodgers raises 12 times the money as her foe

WASHINGTON – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has raised about 12 times as much money as her Democratic challenger in the first three months of this year, reports filed with the …


Shedding light on dark money a struggle in Rodney Tom’s world

However things go in Olympia this session, no one can say the leaders of the Senate haven’t contributed something to the state. They stood up for secrecy in big-money politics.


Vestal: Microsoft PAC backs broad slate

The explosion of money – and particularly secret money – in politics has gotten a lot of attention. Much of that attention has focused on groups and donors who tend …


Spin Control: Ranting donor’s cash still hard to give up

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 …


Donors keep the big checks coming

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 …


Inslee campaign cleared by state panel

OLYMPIA – The state’s campaign watchdog rejected complaints about contributions and spending by Democrat Jay Inslee while a small-business group tried to boost Republican Rob McKenna’s chances for governor Monday. …


Labrador way ahead in campaign cash

North Idaho’s freshman GOP congressman Raul Labrador has geared up his re-election campaign, according to the latest campaign finance reports, while his prospective opponents haven’t. Labrador’s pulling in PAC money …


Court rejects appeal to hide campaign donors

The U.S. Supreme Court won’t consider the order that Human Life of Washington must disclose its donors to a 2008 campaign against assisted suicide.


Courts rule on state campaign laws

Federal courts weighed in twice Tuesday on Washington state’s campaign finance laws, saying disclosure laws don’t violate First Amendment protections for free speech and leaving in place a cap on …


Judge tosses limit on late campaign contributions

OLYMPIA – State officials are mulling their next steps after a federal judge overturned a state law limiting campaign contributions in the final weeks of ballot measure campaigns. If the …


Spouse of prosecutor’s race donor facing charges

A candidate for Spokane County prosecutor has accepted a $500 campaign contribution from the wife of a man being prosecuted by the office he wants to oversee. Records show that …


New law puts limits on giving to candidates

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 …


Campaigns note contributors

With one week until the primary, Spokane city races are mostly low-budget affairs, with half the candidates for City Council planning to spend so little they don’t have to make …