Stories tagged: campaign contributions
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 …
Wed., March 22, 2017
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.
Sun., Oct. 30, 2016, 4 a.m.
Control of Washington Legislature could be influenced with ‘independent’ cash
Independent campaigns for and against Washington legislative candidates are hitting a record.
Sun., July 17, 2016, 4 a.m.
Spin Control: Political requests for cash constant, from all sides
Emails begging for cash fill inbox during dog days of summer.
Sun., Sept. 13, 2015
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There are mornings when the content of my email inbox suggests the Democratic Party has been replaced by an online fundraising machine bent on extracting money from unsuspecting rubes by …
Thu., Oct. 30, 2014
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 …
Sat., Aug. 23, 2014
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 …
Fri., July 4, 2014
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 …
Wed., April 16, 2014
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 …
Fri., Feb. 21, 2014
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.
Sat., Feb. 16, 2013, 12:05 a.m.
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 …
Sun., Oct. 28, 2012
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 …
Tue., Oct. 23, 2012
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 …
Tue., Oct. 16, 2012
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. …
Wed., April 18, 2012
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 …
Tue., Feb. 22, 2011, 10:15 a.m.
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.
Wed., Oct. 13, 2010
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 …
Wed., Sept. 8, 2010
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 …
Sat., April 3, 2010
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 …
Sun., March 28, 2010
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 …
Tue., Aug. 11, 2009
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 …
Thu., March 19, 1998
Gop Donor Admits Campaign Violations Thomas Stewart Agrees To Pay $5 Million Fine
“I accept complete responsibility for the actions that brought us to the plea agreement today,” say Thomas Stewart. Photo by Associated Press
Sat., Oct. 18, 1997
Nra Gunning For 676 Gun Advocacy Group Pumps $1.3 Million Into Opposition
The National Rifle Association, as expected, is pouring huge sums of money into the campaign to defeat Initiative 676, the so-called handgun-safety measure. The advocacy group for gun owners’ rights, …
Fri., Oct. 3, 1997
Reno Widens Investigation Into Gore Calls But Ag Rejects Gop’s Request For Clinton-Related Prosecutor
Janet Reno turn up pressure on Gore.
Wed., Sept. 24, 1997
Campaign Finance Reform Open To Debate Senate Leader Bows To Clinton Threat To Call A Special Session On The Issue
Senate leaders agreed Tuesday to a full floor debate on campaign finance reform this year, hours after President Clinton threatened to convene a special session of Congress if necessary to …
Wed., Sept. 24, 1997
Republicans Target Democrats But Block Reform
Two simple facts help make sense of Congress’ current campaign finance conundrum: More money is flowing into party coffers than at any time in history, and Republicans continue to raise …
Sat., Sept. 20, 1997
Texan’s Tale Of Big Money Rivets Panel $55 Million Offer To Democrats Alleged At Campaign Finance Hearings
A bizarre story involving a murky Texas businessman, an offer to donate up to $55 million to the Democratic Party and an alleged request to shred a White House document …
Sat., Sept. 20, 1997
Vice President Hires Lawyers In Funds Probe Justice Department Investigation Gets Intense
George Frampton, former director of the Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Bureau, was hired as a private defense attorney by Al Gore, along with Jim Neal of Tennessee. File/Associated Press …