OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Aug. 1 that his office has filed a complaint in Thurston County Superior Court against the Washington & Northern Idaho Laborers Political Action Committee (the PAC) for alleged campaign finance violation.
The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) specifically says the PAC failed to report a total of $350,855 in contributions and $226,600 in expenses in a timely manner. The AGO first looked into the case after it received a citizen action notice alleging multiple public disclosure law violations.
After examining the case, the AGO said the PAC failed to file numerous reports in a timely manner over a period of four years between 2013 and 2017. Reporting deficiencies included 20 separate contribution reports that ranged from 31 to 714 days late and 16 separate expenditure reports that ranged from nine to 352 days late.
The AGO seeks penalties and injunctive relief in the case, and the defendants have 20 days from the time they were served to respond to the allegations. Handling the case for Washington is senior assistant attorney general Linda Dalton.