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Spokane firefighters union continues financial support of fined political action committee

Spokane Firefighters Local 29 made a $2,000 payment to the group Spokane for Honest Government in February, four months after pledging to no longer have any financial relationship with the committee responsible for dubious campaign mailers in last year’s City Council races. The money was used to pay a fine for a previous campaign violation tied to 2015 city elections.

Spokane City Council overrides Condon veto of campaign finance reporting law

Lawmakers stood firm in their support of the campaign finance law, pushed by City Council President Ben Stuckart, to require more stringent reporting of donors and cap contributions. Opponents, who sided with the mayor, argued the law disadvantaged those running against progressive incumbents on the council.

Spokane City Council races cost candidates, supporters more than $400,000 in 2017

Final reports filed with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission show November’s contests for three seats on the Spokane City Council cost a total of nearly $420,000, based on the amount spent by the candidates themselves and groups supporting or opposing them. That’s slightly less than the $458,000 that was spent in 2013, but a 10 percent bump over the amount spent two years ago.

Spokane County Commissioner fined $100 for past campaign violation

The Washington Public Disclosure Commission laid to rest a three-year-old election spat involving Todd Mielke on Thursday, fining the Spokane County commissioner $100 for authorizing a public employee to campaign. The case stems from a complaint made by Mielke’s Democratic opponent in the 2012 County Commissioner’s race, John Roskelley, following a debate in front of the Newman Lake Homeowner’s Association that summer. Both Mielke and Roskelley sought information from a county engineering employee to answer questions about the area’s complex tax levies.

Public Disclosure Commission fines Mielke over campaign email

The Washington Public Disclosure Commission on Thursday fined Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke $100 and put him on four-year probation after finding he improperly used county email to obtain information ahead of a candidate debate against John Roskelley in June 2012.

Washington Senate passes disclosure bill aimed at nonprofits

OLYMPIA – Many nonprofit organizations that give $25,000 or more to political campaigns in Washington would have to disclose their largest donors, under a bill the Senate passed unanimously on Wednesday. Saying the change amounted to “bringing dark money into the light,” Sen. Andy Billig, the prime sponsor, urged the Senate to close a loophole in state campaign laws that political groups all along the political spectrum exploit.