In Washington State - Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson may be the biggest beneficiaries of the ActBlue Illegal Campaign Finance Money Laundering operations

This article has been written to support a video I recently launched describing the ActBlue Campaign Finance Money Laundering scheme.  In that video I provided a brief reference to how interested activists can help document the part of this conspiracy or money laundering operation which may be occurring near where you live.  If you want to better understand how this apparent campaign finance money laundering operation works, you can watch the video below.

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Please note, this video was launched on our YouTube Video Channel on April 5th, the same day this article went live:

While many people have been noticing irregular and strange reports coming out of ActBlue and the candidates/causes they support based on public filings with the FEC and local campaign finance reports filed at the state level (for example, in our state at the Public Disclosure Commission), it has only been in the past few weeks that the widescale aspect of what appears to be a major campaign finance money laundering operation has been exposed at ActBlue.  For more background on this story – which has gained prominence lately due to work by James O’Keefe, formerly of Project Veritas.  You can see more at stories linked here, here, and here

If you want to see what people are discovering in their own states, you can go here.  If you want to see what people are discovering in our home state of Washington, you can go here.  These are just examples. 

This is how most regulating agencies will approach this investigation. Sometimes they really don’t want to get to the bottom of it.

Without repeating too much what I covered in the above video, I want to emphasize that this appears to be a massive campaign finance money laundering operation which uses the identities of often retired or unemployed small dollar donors to Democratic Party or other Leftist causes using the ActBlue fundraising platform to facilitate hundreds and often thousands of improbable small dollar contributions to launder donations to targeted candidates and causes without publicly disclosing the true source of the original funds.  In most cases the person whose identity has been hijacked to carry out the thousands of contributions probably has no idea this is being done in their name. However, it takes some serious work to prove this, and nobody is going to make it easy. I expect very little cooperation or incentive for the insiders to provide us.

For clarity, this campaign finance money laundering operation is illegal.  It is illegal at the federal level (see here), and it is illegal at the state level in every state.  In Washington State, the law broken by this effort can be found here:  RCW 42.17A. 

Who broke the law?  Who gets in trouble here?

First, let’s be super clear here – unless the small dollar donor willingly colluded to allow themselves to be part of the money laundering operation – they are not at fault.  They don’t have legal liability in this case – unless they knew about it and went along with the scam.  So far, this isn’t what appears to be found by contacting the named money laundering donors in the field.  I am unaware of even one of them who has admitted this yet.

This will be how most politicians will look into this story.

Secondly, in most cases, the campaigns who receive the illegal funds are probably not legally liable either, UNLESS they were aware of the money laundering efforts and the efforts of those who were the true source of these funds and decided to accept the funds anyway.  I expect most of them to play dumb and claim they knew nothing.  In some cases they might be honestly ignorant.  Despite this, they are still going to be required to forfeit the illegal funds.  Typically, if a campaign can’t accept the funds or it is an illegal overlimit contribution – they would return the funds to the donor, and they are under a legal obligation to do this in a timely manner.  It happens, and this is not uncommon.  However, that would probably imply they were part of the conspiracy to money launder cash if they knew the identity of the original source of funding.  So, I would expect these funds to be treated as illegal anonymous contributions.   In Washington State, it seems likely the enforcement agency (the PDC) would treat these funds this way and the money would be forfeit.  This doesn’t mean the campaign gets to donate it to their favorite charity or friends running a non-profit.  They must forfeit the funds to the state treasurer where the money would be deposited in the general fund and squandered along with the rest of our tax dollars.

I am unfamiliar with how these forfeit funds would be distributed in other states or at the Federal Level, but I will update this article with that information once I am certain.

FTX’s Sam Bankman Fried in trouble for fraud and campaign finance violations

If we can identify the source of the original funds – the people setting up and facilitating this scheme are absolutely liable.  Sam Bankman Fried – the well-known crypto con artist for the late FTX scam is currently in Federal Court on this very issue (for all we know, some of his client’s money he stole might be part of this ActBlue money laundering operation).  However, absent a serious insider whistleblower, we won’t know the true source of the funds unless the Feds get serious about an investigation and can follow the money using subpoena power.  Keep in mind, much of the funding that appears to have been laundered ended up in the political campaigns of the most powerful people in this country and in our states.  I am unsure how motivated they will be to uncover the truth. 

Is ActBlue liable?  Most likely.   The improbable nature of the transactions, and the thin veneer of legitimacy used to mask these transactions appears so obvious that it is not credible that many of the employees working at ActBlue were not either aware and just looking the other way (the ends justify the means) or they were actively encouraging the behavior.  However, there is a lot more digging to do on this front.  Again, absent serious whistleblowers or a Federal Investigation, I am certain they are lawyering up and getting their stories straight and making sure they bleachbit (Clinton style) the files and make the harddrives break (IRS style) and simply make the evidence vanish.  This is a scandal likely too big to uncover, but we can try.

The initial complaints I plan to file will be against the individual campaigns so that we can start this process of what I expect to be a rash of naughty, naughty letters and unserious investigations, but which might result in forfeiture of illegal funds at some point.  I suspect there will be some variation campaign to campaign and in different states.   This just helps us get the process going, and in the rare and unlikely case that we discover an honest investigating agency or individual, perhaps they will uncover more significant leads that can direct us to the next level of criminal activity.

How can you help us?

As I detailed in the video, we need help to document the truth in this case.  We  need evidence to support the complaints that I (and I presume others) will be filing with the appropriate state and federal agencies against the various entities involved in this apparent money laundering operation.  At the state level, I’ve done hundreds of these complaints over the past few years (about 680 so far) and I’ve had some success with sanctions, fines, and settlements (see list here).  At the Federal Level, the enforcement mechanisms are slower and probably less efficient, but it is best to start the process now. 

I prefer to file complaints with evidence and documentation to better facilitate both the investigation by the official authorities, and to verify that the complaint isn’t frivolous.  However, there are some challenges that make this a complicated process and why I am asking for crowdsourcing assistance to make these complaints happen. 

Concealing the source of campaign contributions is nothing new

The biggest challenge involves geography and legal jurisdictions.  The most obvious cases of campaign finance money laundering operation “victims” tend to use fake “donors” from outside the state of the candidate they are supporting (in the case of Federal Congressional or Senate campaigns or State races for Governor, etc).  This means the local people who care about these races would have to doorbell or contact fake “donors” in other states.  In my home state of Washington, most of these fake “donors” were used to funnel funds to campaigns in Texas or Georgia, or New York – for example. 

So, in Washington State we can use our teams of volunteers to contact the fake “donors” to help prep the complaints against mostly out of state campaigns.  This is fairly simple and we already have a number of people doing this now.   We can always use more help, but this is pretty straightforward right now.  For convenience, we are matching volunteer doorbellers with the fake “donors” who live closest to them (Spokane volunteers matched with Spokane fake “donors”, Clark County volunteers with Camas fake “donors”, etc).  This just keeps it efficient and easy. 

Here is a good local website which has detailed the process of finding the fake “donors” near you.  Go there if you want to put together your own list from the source files –

For those volunteers outside Washington State who can visit the fake “donors” who made questionable contributions to recent candidates in our state, we will need some help.  Again, we can provide the list of these people near you and we only ask you visit and verify that the victim (fake Donor) was unaware of how their identities were used to launder the cash. 

Please note, it is likely that the investigating agency will follow up directly with those fake donors to verify the facts.  They better do this, but our initial efforts will help point them in the right direction and we need to document it enough to facilitate that process. 

For the LOVE of GOD and common sense, please read this below BEFORE you doorbell:

If you are doorbelling, for the love of God and all that is rational and good on this planet, please be professional, courteous and follow the basic steps I outline below.  If it sounds like I am being condescending when I describe these steps to you – please understand that I have been involved in managing teams of hundreds of doorbellers and I’ve seen it all, and there is no excuse for you to make the same dumb mistakes made by others. 

  1.  Wear neutral, professional clothing.  Don’t wear camouflage, political t-shirts, or anything that makes some type of narcissistic political statement.  Please.  You are looking to discover the truth, not have some type of confrontation or make some type of statement.  You are at someone else’s home.  Be respectful of this fact.  They are most likely a victim and they will probably be shocked someone did this to them (even if they did support the candidate to whom the cash flowed). 
  2.  Please remember most people have Ring Cameras today – they can see and hear every word you say as you approach the house.  Be quiet, professional and courteous.  Say nothing that you don’t want to be recorded and played on YouTube in the future.
  3. Do not videotape your encounter.  Some people might want to do this anyway.  I suggest you don’t because that can be offensive (remember you are at their house), and state laws vary on the legality of doing this.  Please remember, these people are probably, in most cases, victims of the money laundering scheme.  They are likely to be in shock.  Just verify the facts, and courteously let them get on with their day.
  4. Go with a partner.  Not a crowd.  Just go with one other person (think about it – would you open your door to some , also dressed appropriately and professionally.  This will allow you to have a second witness to the statements made by the victimized fake “Donor.” 
  5. Once you are outside of Ring Camera distance and back into your car, please transcribe, to the best of your ability the interaction you had with the person.  Their name, address, date, and time of contact.  Identify yourself and your partner and outline what you witnessed.  Please note:  in most cases the victim (fake “donor”) probably only made one or a few contributions, possibly not even to the same campaign.  Based on what we are seeing they are unaware of the other thousands of contributions. It is okay if you want to let them know they may be contacted by an official investigating agency (we can’t be certain whether it is the FEC, FBI, or a local law enforcement agency – so you can’t honestly tell them which one, but it helps if they know this).
  6. When your data is compiled, please email a photo of the report, or scan of the report, or summary of the report to and we will compile these reports into formal complaints to file with the appropriate agencies once we have enough data collected.  This is what gets the process started.

I’m sure you have more questions and those questions would be similar to other questions that others might have – feel free to leave them in the comments section below so that I can respond publicly and others can see the answers as well.

Thank you in advance to all who are willing to help on this project.  We have a lot of work to do and we should move forward with deliberation, efficiency and focus.  No time to waste. 

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Governor Jay Inslee are not going to look too closely at where their campaign cash comes from


Background articles and reference links:

Direct link to YouTube Video – “ActBlue Money laundering straw donor scandal”

ActBlue official website

American Spectator: “ActBlue under fire: O’Keefes latest investigation reveals suspicious donations”

Gateway Pundit: “James O’Keefe strikes again, O’keefe Media Group exposes massive Democrat money laundering scheme in US elections”

Red State: “Bombshell: James O’Keefe uncovers massive potential political money laundering to Democrat Campaigns”

A place you can go if you plan to send me documents or files – please go here first

A current list of over 200 politicians, PACs, judges, etc who I have caught breaking the law and who were either fined or received formal sanction from the AG, PDC, or Ethics Board

RCW 42.17A.565 – “Solicitations of contributions by public officials or employees”

Governor Jay Inslee signed “Stop Glen Morgan” campaign finance bill, but will it change anything?

Adventures in Political Accountability and Campaign Finance Enforcement in Washington State

The Scorched Wasteland of Washington’s Campaign Finance Laws

October 2022 – Ethics Complaint against Inslee and 11 Senators and Legislators

Washington State Executive Ethics Board

Washington State Public Disclosure Commission

Washington State Legislative Ethics Board

Video about Governor Inslee being sanctioned by the PDC for breaking the law

RCW 42.52.180 – “Use of Public Resources for Political Campaigns”

WAC 292-110-010 – “Use of State Resources”

RCW 42.17A.555 – “Use of public office or agency facilities in campaigns”


  1. I missed the top contributors in my zip code when I restricted employer to ‘Not Employed’. After downloading all 2022 data, I discovered the top contributor had 768 transactions totaling $58,344.84 for 2022. Employer – NONE Occupation – NOT EMPLOYED

    A self employed realtor made 2nd place with 1,727 transactions totaling $ 33,920.39 for 2022.
    Occupation – REALTOR, REAL ESTATE

    Both had many contributions to the out-of-state candidates favored by all the top contributors.

  2. Hmmmm….this sounds like a fishing expedition for evidence you don’t have to support your wild and unsubstantiated accusation.

    It also sounds like a way to harrass Democratic donors at their homes and to discourage them from making future donations through ActBlue.

    And, by the way, of the 680 complaints you’ve filed, only 109, or 16%, have resulted in sanctions and fines. That’s not a particularly good track record. No problem with you filing valid complaints, but it appears you use the complaint process to harrass politicians you don’t like.

    • The question on the percentage of of complaints that result in fines/sanctions versus the volume filed is a good one, but your math is wrong. Roughly (so far) 209 have either been formally sanctioned, fined, or settled lawsuits filed by the AG (or Citizen Action Notice cases before that was banned in 2018). This is closer to 30% “success,” but that number actually is misleading based on the accuracy of the complaints themselves. Almost twice as many complaints resulted in recognition of underlying violations, but resulted in what is now euphemistically called “reminders” or “technical corrections.” When you include this in the final total, the accuracy of the complaints I file rises to roughly 72%. Partly, this change in classification for lower level pre-penalty phases for lower level campaign finance violations is generally a trend I have supported because it provides a lower tier of settlement where there is a recognition of violations, but it doesn’t mean they need to go scorched earth on the minor violators. A large part of the remaining 28% of the other complaints that were dismissed were mostly some that were caused by inaccurate paperwork filed in the first place (a few were mistakes made by the PDC with computer glitches that explained the apparent violations), some I have disagreed with their conclusions, a few were based on supreme court case decisions that invalidated the law originally violated, but the law hasn’t been changed yet, some are still in process of being investigated (about 12 right now), etc.

      The evidence I am collecting on this next batch of this type of complaints is selected by pretty narrow criteria – the only way I can ensure they are not frivolous is to actually vet the evidence itself rather than just make speculation based on weird data sets. Some of them might indeed be real, as improbably and unlikely as it appears. I am willing to go the extra mile to do it right, but the geographical dispersion of this series of violations means I need to work with a few hundred of my friends around the country to verify the facts. This makes the effort we are embarking on right now just that much more honest and accurate than anything I’ve ever seen the Feds do recently, so I’m pretty happy with the approach.

      Of course, the devil is always in the details, and we have to ensure good quality control and process procedures to make sure we do a good job with these complaints. I guarantee they will be more accurate than the complaints I have typically seen filed in the past.

      I love the fact that you commented on this. I always appreciate it.

  3. In your article it says “here is a good website to find local “fake” donors..” but there is no link for the website. Can you repost that part with the link or guide me to where I need to go to find the link? Thanks for all you do! God Bless you and your efforts!

  4. I downloaded the 2022 data for ‘Not Employed’ in my zip code which is a small city in WA with population less than 10,000. Several potential straw donors with 300 – 400 small dollar contributions. Unlikely but not impossible numbers. Many of these frequent donors contributed to out-of-state political campaigns and national PACS. Warnock (Georgia) and Fetterman (PA) were popular.

    I need to revive my SQL skills and take a closer look at the data. My initial impression is that that these small $ donors don’t contribute much to Washington State campaigns and causes.

      • Progress Report: I downloaded 2022 FEC data for ‘Not Employed’* contributors in single Washington State Zip Code with a population of around 15,000. The dataset had 24,649 rows x 79 columns. This small dataset has close to 2 million individual cells in an Excel worksheet. I loaded data from 40 of these columns into a MySQL database and identified the contributors with high transaction counts. The top contributor made 1,562 donations, almost double #2 on the list.

        By tomorrow evening I hope to publish:
        • Some examples of suspect transactions without identifying individuals
        • Column names that contain useful data and suggested MySQL data types.

        I am aware that the contributors are probably not aware of the contributions made in their name. I have no intention of confronting anyone in person unless the moving truck is already packed. The political class here is vicious – last summer their goons assaulted elderly residents attending a permitted rally for a woman who objected to men in the women’s locker room. I was there and requested (and was denied) help from the police.

        *‘Not Employed’ does NOT mean unemployed. It could mean financially independent persons, under-the-table-gig-economy workers, drug dealers, government dependents, etc.

        • Thank you. That is good data. We do need to verify the actual “donors” because some of them could be real, but we won’t know for sure until we verify.

          • Good news! Looks like this project requires less than 10 of the 79 columns of FEC data. Exported some good stuff to Excel tonight and posted some screen shots at Click on the MySQL category. Unfortunately, I have to take a break from this until after April 15.

            • Sounds good. We are getting people out there. Have had some contact with the FEC to make sure the complaints are properly structured for ease of processing.

  5. Interesting article and research. Presumably more to come.

    I first saw it around April 1st, so it seemed like an April fools joke… You might want to put a bit more thought into when these sorts of stories are published.

    A part of me wants to ask is this possibly were some of the unemployment money stole from WA State went? Meanwhile, the person in charge when the theft happened was moved into a national position? To do what? Asking for a friend…

    • I don’t publish stories on April 1st because most stories about government could be considered April Fools jokes, until you realize they really are that incompetent and corrupt. I only celebrate Big Government on April 1st, and then get back to the real work the rest of the year.

      Yep, it is interesting to speculate on the source of the funds, but right now we don’t know for sure.

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