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Attorney for state Rep. Matt Shea counters PDC complaints over surplus funds

Attorney for Rep. Matt Shea rebuts PDC complaints over his surplus campaign fund.


Shea donations from surplus campaign money prompt complaint

State Rep. Matt Shea’s donations to certain charities from his surplus campaign fund generate a complaint to the state Public Disclosure Commission from a Democratic political watchdog.


Progressive groups file complaint over phony write-in ads

Groups supporting Jessa Lewis and other Democratic candidates targeted with ads urging write-in votes for people who aren’t seeking that office filed a complaint with the Public Disclosure Commission. The …


Washington expands voting and campaign laws

Washington will allow residents to register later, easier and pre-register younger under a series of bills signed Monday.


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.


PDC complaints becoming weapons in political wars

Campaign finance complaints pile up at the Public Disclosure Commission and the state Attorney General’s office as political activists wage war over who’s not following the rules.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 7:43 a.m.

Spokane campaign group backed by fire union given maximum fine for 2015 violations

Spokane for Honest Government fined $7,000 for campaign reporting violations in the 2015 city elections.


UPDATED: Fri., May 26, 2017, 9:52 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: It’s time to fix Washington’s flawed public disclosure rules

One hundred eighty-five candidates just filed to run for public office in Spokane County. And many of them were in violation of the Public Disclosure Commission rules the day they …


UPDATED: Fri., May 12, 2017, 10:24 p.m.

Washington takes Spokane Democrats to court charging campaign reporting violations

The Spokane County Democratic Party faces a lawsuit from the Washington attorney general for failing to report campaign contributions and expenses on time.


Head of Public Disclosure Commission stepping down in May

The executive director of the state’s campaign finance watchdog says she’s stepping down in May.


UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 9:49 p.m.

Western Washington political activist alleges financial disclosure violations by Spokane Democrats

Glen Morgan, executive director of the group Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, alleges the Spokane County Democratic Party failed to disclose salary expenses for its chairman on 2015 and 2016 …


David Ammons appointed to Public Disclosure Commission

David Ammons was named to a five-year term on the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission. Gov. Jay Inslee announced the appointment Thursday. Ammons recently retired from the secretary of state’s …


Election watchdog considers new allegations against Tim Eyman

Washington state’s election watchdog will consider asking the attorney general’s office to take “appropriate action” against initiative promoter Tim Eyman over allegations Eyman failed to disclose independent expenditures related to …


Snohomish County exec’s aide fined for campaign violations

An aide to former Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon has been fined for violating state laws during Reardon’s 2011 re-election campaign.


Spin Control: Question about Washington’s initiative petitions sets off alarm bells

Initiative petitions must have certain things on them, but for now, the five top donors isn’t one of those things.


Stevens County judge fined for campaign violations

Stevens County District Judge Gloria Tveit was fined $4,500 for reporting violations in her 2014 re-election campaign


Vestal: Tim Eyman’s financial deals all too familiar

No one should be surprised at the complex financial maneuverings of initiative promoter Tim Eyman; he confessed to engaging in similar tactics 13 years ago.


Condon builds fat stacks of campaign dollars

With about two months until Election Day, the elephant in the room is the mayor’s money. Mayor David Condon has outstacked the fat stacks he put together four years ago, …


Panel sets limit for Washington lawmakers’ free meals

OLYMPIA – Legislators could accept as many as a dozen free meals from lobbyists each year under a new rule adopted by their ethics board. But in what could be …


Spin Control: Campaign donation ‘error’ puts focus on Condon war chest

Before it was changed, a recent filing with the state Public Disclosure Commission by Spokane Mayor David Condon’s re-election campaign showed a small contribution that if true was not only …


GMO-label initiative promoters failed to disclose donors and could face a fine

OLYMPIA – The Washington attorney general is being asked to take legal action against an Iowa group that spent nearly $300,000 to help last year’s food labeling initiative campaign but …


Spokane Public Schools employees violated state election laws

A state investigation showed Spokane Public Schools employees violated campaign laws when they used public property to promote a school bond and a levy and assist in a board candidate’s …


Spokane school employees violate campaign laws

A state investigation showed Spokane Public Schools employees violated campaign laws by using public property to promote a school levy and assist in a board candidate’s campaign.


Council members break email rules

Two Spokane City Council members have apologized for using their city email accounts to send campaign messages. Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart and Amber Waldref sent electronic newsletters to …


Spokane campaign group fails to report funds

Spokane’s Feb. 12 special election has spawned three official campaign organizations, along with campaign reporting violations. It wasn’t until mid-December when the Spokane City Council decided to hold the Feb. …


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. …


McLaughlin apologizes for false claims

Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin publicly apologized this week to her opponent in the race for state Senate for using false information on a campaign mailer she sent before last …


Sen. Brown was financially ready for campaign

State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown perhaps was too prepared for her re-election bid. She already had ordered her campaign signs when she made the surprise announcement last week that …


Cline won’t be investigated by campaign finance panel

The Washington State Public Disclosure Commission has decided not to investigate a complaint filed against Spokane Valley City Council candidate Marilyn Cline alleging that she was running a hairdressing business …