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What to watch for when watching political advertisements

When the calendar nears Election Day all over Washington, it can seem like the stream of political advertisements from the TV and radio will never end. The First Amendment largely protects the contents of these advertisements, and while it can be easy to link a particular candidate or campaign to some of the spots broadcast into your home or car, others aren’t so simple.

Campaign finance bill dies in Senate

OLYMPIA – A campaign finance reform bill that supporters said would shine light on “dark money” in politics appears dead after a procedural fight between the two caucuses in the Senate Wednesday. The bill would have required certain nonprofit organizations that use some of their dues or other donations for campaigns to list their top 10 donors of more than $10,000 and all donors above $100,000. Much stricter limits are set on donors if the organization forms a political action committee, but don’t apply if it makes a direct contribution to a campaign.

WALeg Day 101: Campaign finance bill likely dead

OLYMPIA – A campaign finance reform that supporters said would shine light on “dark money” in politics appears dead after a procedural fight that suggested growing acrimony between the two caucuses in the Senate Wednesday. The Republican leader said the bill still needed study but its prime sponsor said "dark money found a way to kill the bill."