Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson
announced Dec. 19 that his office has filed two separate complaints against the
Washington State Budget and Policy Center and a 2016 candidate for the Thurston
County Board of Commissioners for allegations of campaign finance violations.
to Ferguson’s office, James Cooper used campaign funds for personal use.
Additionally, Cooper allegedly concealed the identity of contributors to the
Thurston County Democratic Central Committee. Ferguson’s office argues that
Cooper did this by transferring campaign contributions to another political
In a separate
action, Ferguson’s office charged the Budget and Policy Center with failing to
properly report its independent expenditures in opposition to Initiative 1366
cases, the state of Washington seeks penalties and injunctive relief. Defendants
have 20 days from the date they were served to respond to the complaint. Senior
assistant attorney general Linda Dalton and assistant attorney general Walter
Smith are handling both cases.
finance casework has been at the forefront of Ferguson’s agenda since taking
office in 2013. Ferguson has made this a priority to ensure free, open and fair
elections in Washington.