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In the courts

The state attorney general may be stepping into a pair of complaints about violations of Washington’s campaign disclosure laws.

Last week Attorney General Bob Ferguson said his office will file against the Service Employees International Union 775, and its political action committee, for allegedly not reporting cash and in-kind contributions moved from one to the other over the last five years. It will be acting on a complaint originally filed with the Public Disclosure Commission by the Freedom Foundation.

About the same time, the PDC asked Ferguson to take up the latest complaints against perennial initiative entrepreneur Tim Eyman for the way he allegedly accepted payments from a signature gathering committee and loaned money to an initiative-rights group without properly reporting it. The AG hasn’t said yes on that one, but PDC staff contends the violations are so egregious the commission’s power to issue a penalty is inadequate.

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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