campaign finance

Campaign Fundraisers
7:56 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Washington Legislative Caucuses Race Freeze On Fundraising

Invitations to legislative caucus fundraisers in Olympia before the December 13 campaign freeze takes effect.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The election is over, but not the political fundraising. Washington state lawmakers are racing the clock to replenish their coffers before the freeze.

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Campaign Advertising
6:23 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Big Money Still Flows Into TV Ads Despite Shifting Media Landscape

The vast majority of election spending in Oregon goes to television advertising.
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This has been a record setting year in Oregon when it comes to election spending.

A measure that would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods has eclipsed the previous mark for an Oregon initiative. And it's not the only big bucks ballot measure this year. So where is all that money going?

The vast majority goes to television advertising. 

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Government And Politics
4:53 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

National GOP Group Drops $500K Into Idaho Governor's Race

TV cameras focus on Idaho Governor Butch Otter (top left) and Democrat A.J. Balukoff (top right) at the gubernatorial debate in Coeur d'Alene on October 3.
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New campaign finance reports showed a national Republican group has spent more than $500,000 trying to re-elect Gov. Butch Otter in Idaho.

Much of that money has gone to television ads. The spending suggests the Republican governor faces a tougher than expected challenge this year from his wealthy Democratic opponent.

Democrat A.J. Balukoff has been running as a centrist businessman focused on education who backed Mitt Romney for president. It's an image the Washington, D.C.-based Republican Governors Association seeks to shatter in its just unveiled political ad.

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Campaign Finance
5:08 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

From Advertising To Nail Care, Washington Campaigns Spend Bucks

The Washington State Legislative building in Olympia.
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Political campaigns and committees in Washington have spent nearly $70 million so far this year. That includes statewide initiatives and legislative races.

So where’s all the money going? It’s everything from address labels to Zipcar rentals.

The single biggest category of spending this year is campaigns contributing to other campaigns. Political money has a tendency to move around a lot before it actually gets spent on something tangible.

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Washington Midterms
6:36 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Nearly $33M So Far In Washington Mid-Term Elections

The House Chamber at the Washington state Capitol in Olympia
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Washington’s August primary is less than a month away. It’s a midterm election year with no statewide offices on the ballot. Even so, already nearly $33 million has been contributed to campaigns. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins takes a look at who’s giving.

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Bitcoin Donations
6:51 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Oregon Marijuana Campaign Would Like Some Of Your Bitcoin Stash

A physical representation of Bitcoin, a digital currency.
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An Oregon political campaign wants your digital donations. The group behind the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana says it's now accepting bitcoin contributions. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports on this new frontier in campaign finance.

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Washington Initiatives
4:43 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Washington Voters May Decide Class Size And Money In Politics Measures

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman (right) unloading boxes of petitions for a ballot measure.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

This is the season for summer concert lineups. But there’s another lineup coming this fall - the one on your ballot. Thursday is the deadline for initiative sponsors in Washington and Oregon to submit their petitions to qualify for the November election. Pot legalization and GMO-labeling are among the issues likely to make the ballot in Oregon. In Washington, it’s guns, money and class-size.

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