Stories tagged: Public Disclosure Commission
THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2016, 4:35 P.M.
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 …
SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2016, 9:46 P.M.
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.
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2016, 4 A.M.
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.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, OCT. 22, 2015
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
UPDATED: TUESDAY, SEPT. 29, 2015
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.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 18, 2015
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, …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2014
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 …
SUNDAY, OCT. 5, 2014
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 …
FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014
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 …
FRIDAY, FEB. 28, 2014
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 …
THURSDAY, FEB. 27, 2014, 2:28 P.M.
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.
THURSDAY, FEB. 7, 2013
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 …
THURSDAY, JAN. 31, 2013
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. …
TUESDAY, 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 …
TUESDAY, 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. …
SATURDAY, SEPT. 1, 2012
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 …
THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012
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 …
SATURDAY, NOV. 26, 2011
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 …
THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 2011
Complaint filed against Spokane Valley candidate
A complaint has been filed with the Washington state Public Disclosure Commission against Spokane Valley City Council candidate Marilyn Cline, alleging that she has been running a home-based business without …
SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 2011
Grafos leads field in campaign funds
Spokane Valley City Council candidates continue to amass money as the November election approaches, and Councilman Dean Grafos is by far the biggest recipient of campaign cash in his hunt …
SATURDAY, SEPT. 3, 2011
Event expenses go unreported
Confusion reigned early this week among four Spokane Valley City Council candidates over who had donated what for a joint campaign event in July, but candidates were able to quickly …
THURSDAY, AUG. 11, 2011
Candidate refuses to disclose funds’ source
A Spokane City Council candidate is refusing to disclose where he’s getting thousands of dollars that he says is funding his campaign. Chris Bowen, who is running for an open …
FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2011, 5:27 P.M.
State watchdog reconsiders $1 million transfer
Jay Inslee will no longer be able to augment his Democratic campaign for governor with unlimited transfers from his $1 million federal campaign account, Washington’s election watchdog said Friday.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19, 2011
Mager accuses successor French of libel
Former Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager on Tuesday announced a Public Disclosure Commission complaint accusing her successor, Al French, of libel. With exhibits, Mager’s complaint is 107 pages long and …
TUESDAY, JAN. 18, 2011, 6:15 P.M.
Mager levels libel charge against French
Former Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager Tuesday announced a Public Disclosure Commission complaint accusing her successor, Al French, of libel.
FRIDAY, OCT. 29, 2010
Democratic strategist faces sanctions
A Democratic political strategist active in shadowy independent ads in a Spokane legislative campaign faces court sanctions for campaign violations in an Everett primary race. Lisa MacLean’s tactics to hide …
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2010
Ballot envelopes disputed over auditor’s name, status
A Republican complaint to the state Public Disclosure Commission accuses Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton of electioneering by printing her name prominently on ballot envelopes. Dalton dismisses the complaint out …
TUESDAY, OCT. 12, 2010, 4:05 P.M.
9th Circuit upholds Washington campaign finance laws
A federal appeals court upheld Washington state’s campaign disclosure laws today, saying the requirements don’t violate the First Amendment rights of a group that didn’t want to reveal their donors …
SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2010
Spin Control: Enough already with oohs, aahs over young vote
After listening to decades of hype about young voters, I have a request. Don’t bug me about Rock the Vote, unless it’s something akin to “Rock Around the Clock” the …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29, 2010
Marr changing TV ad that lacked disclosure
The state Public Disclosure Commission is warning state Sen. Chris Marr that he violated campaign law by failing to mention his Democratic Party affiliation in a TV ad. Phil Stutzman, …