Jay Manning - Former Director of Dept. of Ecology, Former Chief of Staff for Governor Gregoire, Political Insider, and now campaign finance lawbreaker

Jay Manning is the consummate Washington State political insider.  He was the former Director of the Department of Ecology before he became Governor Gregoire’s Chief of Staff for two years.  Jay currently sits on the Board of Trustees for Eastern Washington University, and he is chair of the Leadership Council for the Puget Sound Partnership.  He is also a partner with Cascadia Law Group.  

Jay Manning is currently attempting to steer the scandal plagued Puget Sound Partnership agency as chair of it’s leadership council

Mr. Manning is also a prolific violator of campaign finance laws, and there is some speculation that he is too politically connected to suffer any consequences for his illegal actions.  Only time and the Washington State Attorney General’s office will be able to confirm if these speculations are true.

Recently re-elected Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson campaigned with the promise of focusing additional energy by the Attorney General’s office on enforcing the campaign finance laws of Washington State.  In 2016, under Ferguson’s direction – several public sector unions were fined by the AG’s office as a result of the Freedom Foundation’s efforts to expose these union’s many campaign finance violations.   Ferguson used this increased emphasis during his political campaign to file lawsuits against Kim Wyman (Republican Secretary of State), Tim Eyman (Anti-tax initiative guy), and the Grocers Manufacturing Group (opposing an anti-GMO initiative).  Once the election was over, the AG’s office also filed lawsuits against Washington State Budget and Policy Center (who opposed one of Tim Eyman’s initiatives), Theresa Purcell (failed Democratic candidate for 19th Legislative District), and Jim Cooper (failed Democrat candidate for the Thurston County Commission).

Jay Manning made campaign donations to Attorney General Bob Ferguson

However, Jay Manning as a campaign finance violator is another matter.  He isn’t a public sector union which can just pay the fines and increase member dues as a cost of conducting political business.  He isn’t a Republican and he isn’t a failed Democrat candidate.  He isn’t the initiative guy every bureaucrat and Leftist loves to hate.  He is a Democrat political insider with friends in high places.  Bob Ferguson is one of his friends, and Mr. Manning donated to his 2012 election campaign (see report linked here).  This is one of those political friend conundrums for sure.

What does Jay Manning and an ancient warrior spirit named Ramtha have in common and how did they violate campaign finance laws?

JZ Knight channels Ramtha, a Lemurian warrior spirit who has travelled through 35,000 years of space and time to endorse (and give money to) Democrats. She/it also hired Jay Manning to manage a local Super PAC without much regard for the Campaign Finance Laws.

Jay Manning’s primary campaign finance violations were committed while he was the Director of Thurston County’s own Super PAC – People for Thurston, PAC – almost entirely funded by JZ Knight, a local cult leader who, since the late 1970s, claims to channel a 35,000 year old Lemurian homicidal warrior king spirit named “Ramtha.”  JZ/Ramtha made national news in 2012 when videos of her/it’s racist hate speeches about Mexicans, Catholics, Jews, gays, and organic farmers were made public by some of her followers.  The 2012 racist speech scandal prompted the Washington State Democratic Party to divest itself from her/it’s most recent donations.  Local Democrats and other political candidates also divested themselves of her/it’s donations.  Even the Southern Poverty Law Center got involved to identifying JZ/Ramtha as a hateful cult leader.

However, the Thurston County Democratic Party was dependent on the largess of JZ/Ramtha, and continued to accept over $200,000 to support their enlightened candidates.  This wasn’t enough for JZ/Ramtha, and she/it wanted to ensure the Democrat Party retained control of the Thurston County Commission.  This lead to the creation of the People for Thurston, PAC with a donation of $54,000 from JZ/Ramtha and Jay Manning was chosen to manage it.  Unfortunately, not only did all the money from People for Thurston PAC fail to retain the Thurston County Commission for the Democrats, Mr. Manning also violated a wide array of campaign finance laws while working for JZ Knight/Ramtha.

Thurston County Democratic Party Chair Katie Nelson took $50,000 of Ramtha cash too, and also violated many campaign finance laws in the process (image source: KOMO news)

What are these violations?

Here is a summary of just a few of these violations:

PDC tracking #9044 –  October 18, 2016

1) Violated WAC 390­-18-­060 (3) by failing to electronically report electioneering communications in a timely manner as required by law.
2)  Failure to identify party affiliation of candidates in campaign mailers (Violation of RCW 42.17A.320(1))

3)  Illegal coordination with candidates, and other violations

PDC tracking #9995 – November 28, 2016

1)Additional failures to identify party affiliation of candidates in campaign mailers  RCW 42.17A.320 (1)

PDC tracking #10006 – November 28, 2016

1)The complaint alleges that People for Thurston County violated RCW 42.17A.205 by failing to include an 80%+ sponsor in the name of the committee listed on the C1PC report

PDC tracking #11384 – December 7, 2016

1) Failing to include the proper sponsor in campaign advertising (RCW 42.17A.320 (1))

PDC tracking #11386 – December 14, 2016

1) Failure to report the expenditure or in ­kind contribution from The Law Offices of Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt, LLP or Jay Manning, potential failure to report in ­kind or direct contribution from JZ Knight. (Violation of RCW 42.17A.235)

2) Failure to accurately break down expenditures. (Violation of RCW 42.17A.235 & WAC 390-­16-­205)

3) Failing to report over­limit contributions made by People for Thurston PAC to the Kelsey Hulse campaign. (Violation of RCW 42.17A.405(14))

PDC tracking #12110 – January 13, 2017

1) Failure to timely, accurately report debt. (Violation of RCW 42.17A.240(8))

2) Failure to report last minute contributions. (See RCW 42.17A.265)

3) Failure to timely report contribution (pledge). (Violation of RCW 42.17A.235, see RCW 42.17A.005 (13)(a)(i))

4) Failure to list Christian Sinderman and JZ Knight/Ramtha as committee officers. (Violation of RCW 42.17A.205 (2) (c), see WAC 390-­05­-245).

6) Failure to report earmarked contribution, illegally serving as a conduit for overlimit contributions. (Violation of RCW 42.17A.270, .405 see WAC 390-­16-­240)

7) Failure to properly break down expenses. (Violation of RCW 42.17A.235, see WAC 390­-16­-205)

In addition to these pending campaign finance violation complaints, the Attorney General’s office has been notified of additional violations by Jay Manning including failure to file an F1 financial affairs statement (Violation of RCW 42.17A.700(1),(3)) as well as failure to file as a lobbyist in 2016 while actively lobbying the state senate for SB 6276.

Are the campaign finance laws applied equally to everyone?

Jay Manning speaking in Marrakesh, Morocco recently at a US government sponsored event on climate change (paid for by your tax dollars, hard at work in Morocco)

Jay Manning is a veteran of Washington State politics, the political process, and the campaign finance reporting laws.  Yet in just a few months he committed a large variety of violations.  While ignorance of the law is no excuse, Mr. Manning can’t plead ignorance. Jay Manning is an attorney and very familiar with the law and the penalties for failing to follow the law.  Based on the extensive work of the law firm he has hired to defend himself, and their efforts to dismiss as many of these violations as either “the consultants (or maybe Ramtha) made us do it”, many of these violations can’t be denied.
Will the law written by the legislature, the rules written by the bureaucrats, and the enforcement of both by our state’s attorney general only apply to the little people?  Or, will politically connected insiders like Jay Manning be held accountable as well?

Nobody Should Be…



(Full Disclosure:  Ramtha and JZ Knight sued the author in 2014 in Federal Court for providing videos of various racist tirades she/it made in previous years to her/it’s followers as part of a public record to the Thurston County Commissioners (whose political campaigns she/it funded).  Ramtha/JZ Knight claimed that the videos were selectively “edited.”  She/it refused to release a full unedited video to prove the clips were edited out of context.  Finally, she/it wisely chose to drop the hopeless lawsuit in 2015 since it was obvious all JZ Knight/Ramtha claims were bogus.  Additionally, all the referenced PDC complaints were filed by the author against Jay Manning and the JZ Knight/Ramtha PAC he managed.  The author was hopeful to see common sense restored to Thurston County once again despite the large sums of money spent by JZ Knight/Ramtha and supervised by Jay Manning.  The author has been informed that Ramtha recently travelled through space and time to berate JZ Knight for wasting her money on the Democrats in Thurston County.  It is nearly impossible to make this stuff up, even if you tried).

Public Disclosure Commission Links:

Complaint #9044 – Jay Manning / People for Thurston PAC

Complaint #9995 – Jay Manning / People for Thurston PAC

Complaint #10006 – Jay Manning/ People for Thurston PAC

Complaint #11384 – Jay Manning/People for Thurston PAC

Complaint #11386 – Jay Manning/People for Thurston PAC

Complaint #12110 – Jay Manning/People for Thurston PAC

Sampling of AG and Prosecutor documents to Jay Manning

170105 – AG2JManning – 3 CAN notices

Ltr – TCP – 20161020 NP – People for TC PAC

Ltr-20161202 -AG2PDC People TC (3 complaints)


Background articles on Attorney General lawsuits:

PDC – Jay Manning 2012 Donation Report to Bob Ferguson for Attorney General campaign

AG Files Campaign Finance Complaint Against 19th District House Candidate

AG Files Campaign Finance Complaints Against Budget and Policy Center, Thurston County Candidate Jim Cooper

AGO Files Campaign Finance Complaint Against Secretary of State Kim Wyman

AG:  Eyman and Committees Violated Campaign Accounting and Disclosure Laws

AG Files Campaign Finance Complaint Against SEIU 925

AG Files Campaign Finance Complaint Against SEIU 775

Background Articles on JZ Knight/Ramtha Campaign Finance Scandals

SPLC – Ramtha Riled article

NPR – Ramtha Channeler JZ Knight channels $54,000 into Olympia elections

Ramtha, New Age Cult Leader, Unleashes drunken, racist, homophobic rants to large following

Western Free Press – C’mon JZ Knight, how many accents does Ramtha have?

Seattle Times – State Democratic Party will donate money from JZ Knight after offensive comments

Ancient Warrior Spirit endorses Democrats

Seattle Times – Democrats again under fire over JZ Knight donations

NPR – Washington Democrats reverse course, shed JZ Knight contributions

Seattle PI – Democrats do penance for JZ Knight donations

Will County Commissioner Candidates return racist Ramtha $$?

JZ Knight Tirade Videos Submitted to Politicians she supports

The Olympian – Romero to give away JZ Knight Campaign Cash

Thurston County Dems Accept Money from JZ Knight Again

Anti-Semitic Cult Leader who channels ancient Lemurian warrior is “Democrat in Good Standing”

Thurston County goes Independent, first time in state history

Why we must abolish the Puget Sound Partnership scam 


  1. Same nice man who’s been advising Whatcom Family farmers to pay cash to the Lummis by way of the newly created Portage Bay Partnership fund?

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