Ensure you’re compliant with state political disclosure  law, whether you’re a candidate, political committee, lobbyist, or an elected or appointed official. 

These guidelines are distilled from the requirements in RCW 42.17A and WAC 390. Care has been taken to ensure the guidelines are accurate and concise. Nevertheless, they do not take the place of local, state, or federal laws. 

Filter by audience for reporting guidelines and restrictions relevant to you or your interest area. Filter by interpretations or declaratory orders to see the Commission’s statements on how the law applies in certain situations.  
 

Title Type of Guideline Audience(s) Topic
Affiliation General Candidates, Political Committees, Out-of-State Political Committees, Incidental Committees Campaign Contributions, Contribution Limits, Registration
Affiliation General Candidates, Political Committees, Out-of-State Political Committees, Incidental Committees Campaign Contributions, Contribution Limits, Registration
Allowable Uses of Campaign Funds General Candidates, Political Committees Campaign Expenditures
Allowable Uses of Campaign Funds General Candidates, Political Committees Campaign Expenditures
Anonymous Contributions General Candidates, Political Committees Campaign Contributions
Anonymous Contributions General Candidates, Political Committees Campaign Contributions
Campaign Loans Commission Interpretation Candidates, Political Committees Campaign Loans
Campaign Loans Commission Interpretation Candidates, Political Committees Campaign Loans
Campaign Loans & Loan Agreements Commission Interpretation Candidates, Political Committees Campaign Loans
Campaign Loans & Loan Agreements Commission Interpretation Candidates, Political Committees Campaign Loans
Candidate Loan Repayments General Candidates Campaign Loans
Charging for Endorsement or Media Coverage

Charging money for an endorsement or media coverage is illegal.

General Candidates, Political Committees
Charging for Endorsement or Media Coverage

Charging money for an endorsement or media coverage is illegal.

General Candidates, Political Committees
Concealment General Candidates, Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee Campaign Contributions, Campaign Expenditures
Concealment General Candidates, Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee Campaign Contributions, Campaign Expenditures
Contributing to Other Candidates and Committees General Candidates Campaign Contributions
Contribution Limits General Candidates, Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee, Out-of-State Political Committees, Lobbyists, Lobbyist Employer Campaign Contributions, Contribution Limits
Contribution Limits General Candidates, Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee, Out-of-State Political Committees, Lobbyists, Lobbyist Employer Campaign Contributions, Contribution Limits
Contribution Limits After Redistricting Commission Interpretation Candidates, Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee, Sponsors of Independent Expenditures, Lobbyists Contribution Limits
Contribution Limits After Redistricting Commission Interpretation Candidates, Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee, Sponsors of Independent Expenditures, Lobbyists Contribution Limits
Contributions - Receiving Currency General Candidates, Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee Campaign Contributions
Contributions - Receiving Currency General Candidates, Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee Campaign Contributions
Contributions - Reimbursements General Candidates, Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee, Lobbyists Campaign Contributions
Contributions - Reimbursements General Candidates, Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee, Lobbyists Campaign Contributions
Contributions from Out-of-State Committees General Candidates, Out-of-State Political Committees Campaign Contributions, Reporting Deadlines
Contributions Given Within Three Weeks Of General Election ("11th Hour" Contributions) Commission Interpretation Candidates, Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee Campaign Contributions, Contribution Limits
Contributions Given Within Three Weeks Of General Election ("11th Hour" Contributions) Commission Interpretation Candidates, Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee Campaign Contributions, Contribution Limits
Definition of "Within 21 Days of a General Election" Commission Interpretation Candidates, Political Committees Contribution Limits
Definition of "Within 21 Days of a General Election" Commission Interpretation Candidates, Political Committees Contribution Limits
Definition of Political Committee Commission Interpretation Political Committees
Describing Candidates in Ads

Party preference must be stated if the office is a partisan one. Rules govern photo size and certain descriptive terms.

General Candidates, Political Committees, Sponsors of Independent Expenditures, Incidental Committees, Lobbyists Political Advertising
Describing Candidates in Ads

Party preference must be stated if the office is a partisan one. Rules govern photo size and certain descriptive terms.

General Candidates, Political Committees, Sponsors of Independent Expenditures, Incidental Committees, Lobbyists Political Advertising
Designation and Disposal of Surplus Funds

Candidates can transfer unspent campaign funds after an election to certain uses.

Commission Interpretation Candidates, Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee Surplus Funds
Designation and Disposal of Surplus Funds

Candidates can transfer unspent campaign funds after an election to certain uses.

Commission Interpretation Candidates, Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee Surplus Funds
Distinguishing In-Kind Loans, Debt, and Pledges Commission Interpretation Candidates Campaign Debt, Campaign Expenditures, Campaign Loans
Earmarked Contributions General Candidates, Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee, Lobbyists Campaign Contributions
Earmarked Contributions General Candidates, Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee, Lobbyists Campaign Contributions
Exempt & Non-Exempt Accounts General Political Committees
False Political Advertising

False political ads, published with actual malice, are illegal.

General Candidates, Political Committees, Out-of-State Political Committees, Sponsors of Independent Expenditures, Incidental Committees, Lobbyists, Lobbyist Employer Political Advertising
False Political Advertising

False political ads, published with actual malice, are illegal.

General Candidates, Political Committees, Out-of-State Political Committees, Sponsors of Independent Expenditures, Incidental Committees, Lobbyists, Lobbyist Employer Political Advertising
Guidelines for Local Government Agencies in Election Campaigns Commission Interpretation Candidates, Public Agencies Public Agency Facilities
Guidelines for School Districts In Election Campaigns

Public disclosure law governing use of public facilities in school district campaigns

Commission Interpretation Candidates, Public Agencies Public Agency Facilities
In the matter of the Petition from Institute for Free Speech Regarding Pro Bono Legal Work

The Commission issued an order concerning a non-profit organization's plan to provide pro bono legal services to a person who plans to appeal a ruling in a campaign finance court case. The order says the non-profit need not register or file reports with the PDC, nor disclose its donors, as long as it represents the person in his individual capacity in the appeal.  [Declaratory Order No. 18, issued May 27, 2021]

Declaratory Order Candidates, Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee, Out-of-State Political Committees, Sponsors of Independent Expenditures, Incidental Committees, Lobbyists, Lobbyist Employer, Grassroots Lobbying, Public Agencies, Official disclosing personal financial information, Elected Officials, Voters & the Public Enforcement Cases, Rulemaking
In the matter of the Petition from Institute for Free Speech Regarding Pro Bono Legal Work

The Commission issued an order concerning a non-profit organization's plan to provide pro bono legal services to a person who plans to appeal a ruling in a campaign finance court case. The order says the non-profit need not register or file reports with the PDC, nor disclose its donors, as long as it represents the person in his individual capacity in the appeal.  [Declaratory Order No. 18, issued May 27, 2021]

Declaratory Order Candidates, Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee, Out-of-State Political Committees, Sponsors of Independent Expenditures, Incidental Committees, Lobbyists, Lobbyist Employer, Grassroots Lobbying, Public Agencies, Official disclosing personal financial information, Elected Officials, Voters & the Public Enforcement Cases, Rulemaking
Internal Political Communications and Sponsor Identification Commission Interpretation Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee Political Advertising
Intra-Party Transfers and Federal Accounts of Party Organizations Commission Interpretation Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee, Out-of-State Political Committees Campaign Contributions, Contribution Limits
Items Exempt from Sponsor ID General Candidates, Political Committees, Sponsors of Independent Expenditures, Incidental Committees, Lobbyists, Lobbyist Employer Political Advertising
Items Exempt from Sponsor ID General Candidates, Political Committees, Sponsors of Independent Expenditures, Incidental Committees, Lobbyists, Lobbyist Employer Political Advertising
Legal Fees Related to Placing, or Not Placing, a Proposition on the Ballot Commission Interpretation Political Committees, Public Agencies
Legislative Session Freeze General Candidates, Lobbyists, Elected Officials Campaign Contributions