Campaign Finance

Political Fundraising
4:01 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Washington Special Session Has Political Fundraising Implications

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 3:42 pm

An expected special session of the Washington legislature would mean another freeze on political fundraising. State law prohibits lawmakers from soliciting contributions while they are in session. For most members that’s probably not a huge concern since this is an off-election year. But a few legislators will be on this year’s ballot.

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Political Contributions
6:09 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Starbucks Shareholders Want Ban On Political Contributions

Starbucks shareholder Bruce Herbert lobbies for a proposal to ban Starbucks from making political contributions.
Credit Deborah Wang / KUOW

Starbucks holds its annual shareholders' meeting in Seattle on Wednesday. And on the agenda, a proposal from a group of investors that's meant to limit the company's involvement in political campaigns.

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Oregon Ballot Measures
5:41 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Oregon Ballot Measure Campaigns Have Few Big Spenders

Oregon voters will decide seven citizen initiatives this year.
Credit Kevin Mooney

Oregon has a spirited history of legislating from the ballot. But this year looks pretty sleepy on the ballot measure front. Oregon voters will decide seven citizen initiatives this year.

But in an unusual twist, the groups behind three of the measures have stopped campaigning. And there's been relatively little spending by the backers of the four others.

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Oregon Campaign Contributions
4:31 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Oregon Supreme Court Affirms Unlimited Campaign Contributions

Oregon political campaigns will continue to have access to unlimited campaign contributions. That's the upshot of a ruling Thursday from the Oregon Supreme Court.

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Democratic Party Donor
5:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

New Age Spiritual Leader Risks 'Ridicule' To Support Wash. Democrats

The gate to Ramtha's School of Enlightenment, Yelm, Wash.
Richard David Ramsey Wikipedia

She is perhaps the Northwest’s most famous new age spiritual leader. JZ Knight of the Ramtha School of Enlightenment in southwest Washington. Now Knight has a new role: major political donor. She recently wrote a $50,000 check to the state Democratic Party.

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Third-Party Spending In Elections
5:36 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Wash. Election Regulators Brace For Onslaught Of Third-Party Spending

Independent Super PACS are playing a big role in the presidential election. At the state level, Washington campaign regulators also predict a deluge of spending by third-party interest groups.

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