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Washington state continues fight against campaign finance violations

By Mark Iandolo | Nov 1, 2017

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Oct. 27 that his office has filed a complaint against the Clark County Republican Central Committee for alleged campaign finance violations.

The complaint, which was filed in Thurston County Superior Court, specifically asserts the committee failed to timely report $486,268 in contributions, and $463,079 in debts and expenditures since 2012.

Ferguson’s office looked into the matter after receiving a citizen action notice in September. After examining the issue, Ferguson’s office said the Clark County Republican Central Committee made multiple violations of the state’s public disclosure laws.

Washington seeks penalties and injunctive relief. The Clark County Republican Central Committee has 20 days from the date they were served to respond.

Washington law mandates that political committees report financial information about contributions that exceed $25. These financial reports must occur on a regular basis. Additionally, political committees must regularly report information about their activities, including expenditures, debts and obligations.

Handling the case for Washington is senior assistant attorney general Linda Dalton.

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