OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Oct. 28 he had filed a complaint in Thurston County Superior Court alleging campaign finance violations by the Freedom Foundation.
Ferguson alleges the Freedom Foundation failed to file
its independent expenditure reports disclosing money it spent to oppose
statewide ballot measures.
“Washingtonians demand that the financial forces at work in
their elections are fully and timely disclosed,” Ferguson
said. “I am committed to enforcing the laws that ensure the transparency vital
to our democracy.”
In August, the Campaign to Prevent Fraud and Protect Seniors
complained to Ferguson’s office that the Freedom Foundation
was committing multiple violations of state public disclosure law. The Public
Disclosure Commission looked into the matter and recommended Ferguson take
Handling the case for the state are senior assistant
attorney general Linda Dalton and assistant attorney general Chad Standifer.
Ferguson, since taking the attorney general’s office, has devoted significant
resources and a full-time attorney position to campaign finance casework.