Commission highlights: January 2023

The Commission found Lynnwood City Council Member Joshua Binda in violation of campaign finance law for improperly using $2,742 in 2021 campaign funds for personal expenses. Binda was also found in violation for filing a final campaign report 280 days… read more

Following two years of delivering enhancements and new features in our ORCA system, we’re about to unveil the biggest upgrade of them all.

Starting March 1, 2023, ORCA (Online Reporting of Campaign Activity) will operate as a fully web-based system, without a desktop application.

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ORCA has a new import contact function that is easier and more straightforward for campaigns to use. 

To import contacts to a new year or campaign, open the previous year's campaign and select search contacts. Scroll to the bottom of the contact list and select the export to CSV… read more

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

Registering as a single-election committee means you only need to do one set-up, which will cover… read more

The Public Disclosure Commission is seeking public comment on a proposed rule that would make inflationary adjustments to statutory monetary limits and reporting values for campaigns.

A public hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 26, 2023 to accept public comment. Written comment can be… read more

Commissioners discussed inflationary adjustments to campaign finance reporting thresholds and limits.

The law requires the Commission to periodically look at dollar values that determine contribution limits or establish when campaigns must report certain activities.

The… read more

If a campaign or political committee has its own credit card, here’s how to report transactions made with that credit card in the latest version of ORCA.

When your campaign gets its own credit card, click on Bank Accounts on the Accounting section of the ORCA dashboard. The Bank… read more

The Commission began a review of possible inflationary adjustments to monetary values listed in the Fair Campaign Practices Act.

Such adjustments could apply to contribution limits, monetary thresholds governing campaign finance reporting, reports of lobbying activity or the financial… read more

Spending in state legislative races approached record levels during the 2022 cycle.

Candidates vying for the 26th District Senate seat have reported spending a combined $1.6 million, placing it in line to become at least the third costliest legislative race in state history – just behind… read more

Paying a person, such as an influencer, to post on social media in support of or in opposition to a candidate or ballot measure campaign meets the definition of political advertising under state law. RCW 42.17A.005 (40)

Like other political advertising, payments should be reported to the… read more