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October 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

NRA not making its fundraising disclosures on time in I-594 campaign

This spring, the National Rifle Association (NRA) set up an independent spending committee here in Washington to persuade voters to reject Initiative 594, which would expand gun purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. Gun rights advocates, including the NRA, have argued that if the proposal became law it could criminalize ordinary gun owners. But in its quest, the…

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August 18, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Paul Allen gives $500K to support gun-sale background checks

OLYMPIA (AP) — A campaign seeking to expand gun-sale background checks has received a $500,000 donation from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The donation to Initiative 594 posted on the state’s Public Disclosure Commission website Monday afternoon. I-594 would require background checks for all gun sales and transfers in Washington state, including at gun shows and private sales….

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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…

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Comments | More in State government | Topics: personal financial disclosures, Public Disclosure Commission

October 14, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Port of Seattle stops welcome messages after complaint

The Port of Seattle says it will stop airing welcome messages at Sea-Tac Airport until after the November election following a complaint that they violate election laws. Passengers heading from the parking garage to the terminal hear one of Seattle’s Port commissioners welcoming them to the airport, with a few facts about job creation and the…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Andrew Pilloud, Public Disclosure Commission, Sea-Tac airport

January 23, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Lawmakers to take up Eyman’s latest initiative

Tim Eyman’s latest initiative qualified for consideration Wednesday, meaning state lawmakers must decide this session to either accept it or send it to the voters. The “Protect the Initiative Act,” or Initiative 517, would increase from six months to one year the time that initiative supporters have to gather signatures; make it a crime to interfere with…

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Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: GMO, initiatives, Public Disclosure Commission

January 23, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday politics: abortion poll; gun control and Senate; Rodney Tom and his district

Good morning. Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. NBC and the Wall Street Journal took the opportunity to offer a poll that shows a new majority now favors abortion. The poll is interesting, because poll numbers on this topic have been bopping around in recent years. Take a look.  In Olympia, meanwhile,…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Joe Biden, parental notification, poll

January 18, 2013 at 3:50 PM

City Attorney Holmes cited for minor violations

State election watchdogs cited Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes for first-time, inadvertent, minor violations of state law in his campaigning last year for Initiative 502, which created the state’s legal marijuana law. The Public Disclosure Commission also found that Holmes’ assistant Kim Garrett violated the law in the way she scheduled campaign events for her boss…

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September 24, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Monday briefing: Voting begins in some states already — yikes!; gov campaigns court female voters

Good Morning, All: Election is kind of beginning: If it feels like the pace of the 2012 campaign season is picking up, and politicians are getting increasingly testy, it’s not your imagination. The 2012 election is officially under way, voting, that is. That’s right. As the National Journal points out, voting has already started in…

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Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, State budget, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate | Topics: absentee voting, military overseas ballots, montana

September 11, 2012 at 12:45 PM

McKenna and Inslee both spend more than $1 million on TV ads

The latest state Public Disclosure Commission reports indicate GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and Democratic candidate Jay Inslee are about even when it comes to campaign spending on television. Both campaigns have spent more than $1.1 million on media buys and production, according to the reports. Inslee spent all of that on television ads through the primary….

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Comments | More in Governor, homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: democrat jay inslee, democratic governors association, Public Disclosure Commission

August 10, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Inslee campaign files PDC complaint against McKenna

It is that time of the election cycle when campaigns start filing complaints with the state Public Disclosure Commission. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee fired first, filing a complaint on Thursday with the PDC that alleges GOP candidate Rob McKenna has under reported debts and expenses, and that he used money from his attorney…

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