In the waning days of the election season, campaigns are making lots of expenditures to get out their messages. The PDC encourages campaigns to provide as much detail as possible to help the public identify the purpose of those expenses.

Campaigns should "describe in detail the goods and/… read more

The PDC has received several inquiries about how to provide sponsor ID for political advertising via text message, which is considered an online transmission method under WAC 390-05-290(2). PDC staff has advised political committees that text messages are eligible to use the small online ad… read more

If you file C-4 reports for a candidate who will be on the November ballot or a political committee that's involved with the general election this year, you have a C-4 report due Oct. 16. This C-4 should be a report for the period of Sept. 1 through Oct. 15.

If you don't see a C-4 with a… read more

It's lobbyist registration time once again.

State law requires registered lobbyists to file a new registration statement every two years. The deadline is the second Monday in January of odd-numbered years. Failure to do so terminates the lobbyist's registration.

Anyone planning to… read more

The Public Disclosure Commission continues to accept comments on its proposal to make changes to the rules governing campaign finance reporting requirements and enforcement procedures for alleged violations.

The proposed rules (posted here) will be the subject of a public hearing at 11 a.… read more

Candidates, political committees, elected officials and lobbyists who electronically file reports with the Public Disclosure Commission can now get email alerts when a PDC filing system is experiencing an outage or other issue.

The alerts are available by signing up at the PDC's… read more

Inspections of campaign books in the days preceding an election have new ground rules.

Washington state law has long allowed members of the public to inspect a candidate's or political committee's financial records prior to an election. The inspections provide additional disclosure of… read more

Campaigns and the public will see changes to the way the Public Disclosure Commission handles complaints alleging violations of RCW 42.17A and WAC 390 under a new law that took effect this week.

The modified process was prescribed by Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2938, which was signed… read more

Campaigns that receive online or credit card contributions have new reporting requirements under Washington state campaign finance law.

The changes were part of Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2938. This is the fourth of several guides to help explain the legislation, which took effect… read more

Campaigns that wish to take an extra step to wind down their operations can, beginning June 7, file a notice of intent to dissolve with the Public Disclosure Commission.

The new option was part of Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2938, which amends RCW 42.17A.225 and RCW 42.17A.235 to… read more