When you start a new campaign as a candidate you may have surplus funds from a past election that you'd like to use for the new campaign.

If you're a candidate running for reelection to the same office, you may use funds from the previous election for your next election.

If you… read more

If your committee is organized to support or oppose ballot measures like a committee that supports or opposes a school, fire, or library levy or bond we recommend that you register a separate campaign for each election.

If you register as a single-election committee, you only do one… read more

A long-running case initiated by a Public Disclosure Commission investigation led to a court ruling Wednesday that initiative campaigner Tim Eyman intentionally violated state campaign finance laws.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge James J. Dixon found that Eyman misappropriated… read more

Trying to file a C-4 report only to find you have no C-4 reporting periods available? When beginning a new ORCA campaign, some filers forget to populate the necessary C-4 reporting periods. Follow these simple directions to create or add more. In your new ORCA candidate or committee campaign:… read more
New Commission chair for 2021

Fred Jarrett presided over his first Commission meeting as chair. Jarrett joined the Commission in 2019, following a long career of public service as Mercer Island mayor, state senator and representative and senior deputy county executive in King County.

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If you or your organization employed a lobbyist at any time in 2020, you need to file a lobbyist employer's annual report, the form L-3. You should also file one if a lobbyist reported that they had a contract to lobby for you in 2020, even if they didn't actually end up lobbying. The due date… read more

If you file for a continuing political committee, such as a political party committee or some other committee that is not tied to one election, and the committee intends to use the mini reporting option this year, you must update the committee registration to indicate that.

Mini reporting… read more

This is the time of year when many filers set up new campaigns using ORCA (Online Reporting of Campaign Activity) software. A continuing political committee, such as a PAC or party committee, needs to make a new ORCA campaign at the start of the calendar year if it chooses the full reporting option… read more

We are seeking feedback on a proposed reorganization of the PDC website so it can better serve you.

Please participate in an online study to test our new, draft structure.

Participation involves finding a location for information within the structure, and answering survey-style… read more

Attention all treasurers: ORCA version 1.300 is now available. This new version of the PDC's online campaign reporting software is currently optional, but will soon be required.

You should back up your campaign first, then update ORCA. To back up your data, follow these steps:

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