Campaign finance

Campaign cash pouring into southwest WA congressional race

BY: - October 16, 2023

U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, a Democrat whose unexpected win in 2022 flipped a Republican-held seat in southwest Washington, has amassed $2.1 million for a re-election bid next year, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. Gluesenkamp Perez hauled in $600,000 in the three-month period ending Sept. 30, outpacing Joe Kent and Leslie Lewallen, […]

AG Ferguson makes his case to be Washington’s next governor

BY: - July 18, 2023

SEATAC, Wash. – Democratic Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Tuesday made his opening argument to be Washington’s next governor, vowing to “change the culture of state government” and ensure “our decisions as a state are not dictated by powerful special interests in back rooms.” “I want to make sure every Washingtonian gets a fair shake […]

Gluesenkamp Perez piles up campaign cash as reelection battle looms

BY: - July 17, 2023

Two Democratic House members expected to be Republican targets in next year’s congressional elections are outraising potential opponents by comfortable margins, newly released campaign finance reports show. U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, whose unexpected win in 2022 flipped a Republican-held seat, reported $705,000 raised in the three-month period ending June 30 in filings with the […]

Complaint pushes for Ferguson to reveal donors of $1.2M in campaign transfers

BY: - July 10, 2023

Attorney General Bob Ferguson is facing further scrutiny over his shifting of $1.2 million of contributions from past campaigns into the account for his 2024 bid for governor. A complaint filed last month contends the individual donors of those contributions must be identified and their past donations – originally for Ferguson’s re-election and now considered […]

More cash starts to flow in 2024 governor’s race

BY: - June 12, 2023

Hilary Franz, Democratic public lands commissioner, on Monday revealed a first round of campaign donations in her run for governor. A filing with the state Public Disclosure Commission shows she raised about $176,000 in her first month of campaigning. Franz’s May contributions include at least $5,000 in “surplus” transfers – contributions received for previous campaigns […]

Candidates must reveal donors of money shifted to new campaigns

BY: - May 25, 2023

Editor’s note: Following publication, officials of the Public Disclosure Commission indicated commissioners left the door open for retroactivity. They also said PDC staff “is advising campaigns to amend past reports to identify the sources of any surplus funds transferred with permission from past campaigns for a different office. Those contributions are subject to contribution limits.”  […]

Candidates will be forced to reveal donors of money shifted to new campaigns

BY: - May 11, 2023

The state’s campaign finance watchdog on Thursday called for ending the practice of allowing candidates to shift surplus money from prior races into new campaigns without disclosing the source of those dollars. A unanimous Public Disclosure Commission issued new guidance requiring candidates to identify the donors and treat their contributions as if they are for […]