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January 14, 2015 at 1:08 PM

Bill filed to require one-year ‘cooling off’ for state officials before lobbying

Legislation banning top state officials from lobbying state government for a year after leaving their jobs was introduced Wednesday in the state House of Representatives. The proposal – which we wrote about last week –¬†would apply the one-year “cooling off period” to state legislators, statewide elected officials, the directors and senior¬†staff of major state agencies…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Attorney General Bob Ferguson, lobbying rules, Rep. Reuven Carlyle

October 29, 2014 at 3:42 PM

NYT probes lobbying ties of AG Bob Ferguson and former AG Rob McKenna

Update: In an interview, Ferguson says the NYT piece contained critical omissions. In particular, Ferguson said it failed to mention that he was one of the attorneys general who did file a lawsuit against 5-Hour Energy. He said the NYT also failed to mention he’d returned the campaign contribution referred to in the story,…


Comments | More in Attorney General, State government | Topics: Attorney General Bob Ferguson, former Attorney General Rob McKenna, lobbyists

January 13, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Grocery group claims its civil rights violated by Washington campaign-finance laws

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is raising alarms over a grocery-industry group’s challenge of Washington campaign-finance laws. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is trying to invalidate some state restrictions on spending by out-of-state political committees, arguing the laws violate its civil and constitutional rights. The arguments were made in legal filings this month combating the state’s…


Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Grocery Manufacturers Association

October 16, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Attorney General sues grocery association, alleging campaign-finance violations

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit today against the Grocery Manufacturers Association, alleging the group illegally collected and spent more than $7 million to oppose Initiative 522, the measure requiring labeling of genetically modified foods.

Ferguson’s lawsuit, filed in Thurston County Superior Court, said the Washington D.C.-based trade association solicited big money from its members specifically for the anti-GMO-labeling campaign, yet illegally concealed the identity of those donors from the public by failing to register and file reports as a political committee.

“In our view it’s a clear violation. It’s an important violation,” Ferguson said at a news conference in Seattle.

Ferguson said unless the GMA immediately discloses its donors, his office will ask a judge for a temporary restraining order to force the grocery association to register as a political committee and reveal its donors so that voters will have the information as they cast their ballots for or against I-522. He added the state will seek civil penalties and attorney’s fees from the group.


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest | Topics: Attorney General Bob Ferguson, campaign finance, GMO labeling