Washington AG forced to sue labor group, keeps $36K settlement very quiet

The Washington & Northern Idaho District Council of Laborers PAC recently settled a campaign finance lawsuit brought by the Washington State Attorney General’s office in Thurston County Superior Court (linked here), based on a...

Tukwila Firefighters PAC settles campaign finance lawsuit for $23k, promises to do better

The Tukwila Firefighters for Democracy Political Action Committee recently settled a campaign finance lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court.  The final settlement was signed December 8th, and it included a $19,038.25 fine ( $4,759.56 payable...

Democratic Party attacks campaign transparency in Washington

In a stunning public reversal of their public statements about campaign finance laws, the Washington State Democratic Party is declaring war on the state’s Public Disclosure Commission.  Concerns have been raised by conservative and...

Dem Representative Morris settles AG lawsuit quietly and cheaply

Just before Thanksgiving Washington State Representative Jeff Morris, a Democrat from the 40th Legislative District located in San Juan County, quietly settled the lawsuit filed against him by the Washington State Attorney General’s office...

Dem PACs dissolve after campaign finance complaints

The Washington State Democratic Party has been promoting to their local party committees an unusual political and legal strategy over the past few months.  These recommendations primarily deal with how to strategically address situations...

Washington State Democrats find hope in AG’s $38,520 fine against the Pierce County Democrats

Last month, the Pierce County Democrats settled a lawsuit brought by the Washington State Attorney General for $38,520 for violating campaign finance laws.  This lawsuit was initiated by a complaint filed by this author...

Thanksgiving spirit – bringing Democrats and Republicans together in King County

In Washington State, the King County Democrats and Republicans issued a joint press release today celebrating their agreement with this author on the need for campaign finance reform.  This appears to be the first...

The Empire always strikes back – State Democratic Party lashes out after widespread lawbreaking...

If you dare to speak truth to power, there will always be repercussions.  The powerful always strike back.  We are witnessing this in Washington State as the cascading exposure of widespread violations of the...

The Scorched Wasteland of Washington’s Campaign Finance Laws

When Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson decided to emphasize aggressive enforcement of the state’s campaign finance laws, his intention was to focus on outsiders like initiative activist Tim Eyman, deep pockets like the...

AG attorney complains suing Democrat lawbreakers “unfair,” quits to sue Republicans

Recent Washington State Attorney General employee Walter Smith believed it was “unfair” that he was forced to sue so many Democratic politicians and Democratic Political Committees for violating the state’s campaign finance laws.  He...

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