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April 7, 2014 at 3:52 PM

PDC survey: Put politicians’ financial disclosures online?

In a move that some government transparency watchdogs say is long overdue, the state Public Disclosure Commission is considering whether to post the personal financial affairs statements of elected officials and political candidates online.

The disclosures, known as F1s, list the investments, assets and income sources of elected officials and candidates. That’s so the public can look out for any real or perceived conflicts of interest. Such forms are available online in many states, but Washington has lagged behind.

The PDC also is considering other changes, including requiring more specifics when it comes to the value of high-end investments and income. Those are now reported in broad ranges that top out at $100,000-plus. The PDC might bump up that top category to $1 million or more to give the public a clearer picture of politicians’ financial interests.

The PDC is taking public input on the ideas via an online survey.

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