campaign finance

The Record
2:46 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Are Lobbyists Influencing Washington's Attorney General?

Credit Flickr Photo/SalFalko (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with New York Times reporter Eric Lipton about the influence of lobbyists on attorneys general. Reynolds also gets a response from Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Campaign Finance
5:13 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Who’s Buying The Washington State Senate?

Credit KUOW/Kara McDermott

With control of the Washington state Senate up for grabs, millions of dollars are pouring into key legislative races around the state. One race on Seattle’s Eastside has attracted more cash than any other: Republican state Senator Andy Hill versus Democratic challenger Matt Isenhower.

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Marijuana Legalization
6:31 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Big Bucks Pour In For Oregon Ballot Measure Campaigns

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 4:53 pm

Oregon’s ballot measure campaigns are continuing to pull in big-money donations.

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Elections
7:16 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Some Lobbyists Play Key Role In Washington Campaign Finance

Former contract lobbyist Jim Boldt uses a sports analogy to explain why it's important for lobbyists and their clients to contribute to political campaigns. He says, 'What you're buying is a uniform.'

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 5:54 pm

Environmentalists, unions, trial lawyers and business interests may be among the top political spenders in Washington this election year, but there’s a group of influential players who don’t necessarily show up in the campaign finance reports.

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Elections
9:20 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Political Action Committees Pack A Punch In Washington Campaigns

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 4:23 pm

The Washington Education Association has taken in $1.5 million this year, making it the head of the pack when it comes to money raised by political action committees.

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Election Season
7:48 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Fundraisers Galore As Washington Campaigns Kick Into High Gear

File photo of the Washington Capitol Building in Olympia

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 8:12 am

The 2014 election is about six weeks away. That means campaigns are kicking into high gear and asking their funders to help them cross the finish line.

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Election Season
7:47 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Wealthy Individuals Bankroll Washington Campaigns

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 9:31 am

So far this year, business interests have contributed more than $16 million to political campaigns and committees in Washington.

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Campaign Finance
7:41 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Washington Governor Finds Wealthy Partner In Fight Against Climate Change

California billionaire Tom Steyer has launched a crusade to combat global climate change.

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 5:01 pm

In the world of Democratic politics, Tom Steyer, a former California hedge-fund manager, is like a real-life Bruce Wayne, aka Batman.

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Logging And Landslides
9:03 am
Wed April 16, 2014

DNR Head Defends Taking Timber Money Despite Vow

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark thanks one of the volunteers at the Great Gravel Pack-In at the Capitol State Forest, March 29, 2014.
Credit Flickr Photo/Diana Lofflin, DNR (CC BY-NC-ND)

It's not unusual for elected officials to cozy up to people with money. Yet Washington Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark's relationship with the timber industry he regulates has changed dramatically since the two-term Democrat first ran for the office six years ago.

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Campaign Finance
3:16 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

How The Koch Brothers Raised $400 Million In Anonymous Campaign Funds

Marcie Sillman talks with Washington Post reporter Matea Gold about the Koch brothers involvement in a complex network of political donors to avoid campaign finance laws.

Campaign Finance
4:17 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Attn. General Says I-522 Donor Violated Campaign Finance Laws

Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Steve Scher talks with Attorney General Bob Ferguson about the lawsuit that finds No on I-522 donor, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, in violation of campaign finance laws. Penalties are expected after the election is over.

Proposition 1
2:48 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Should Property Taxes Be Funding City Council Candidates?

Seattle City Council complex.
Flickr Photo/Canadian Pacific

This November voters in the city of Seattle will have a chance to decide whether or not City Council races should be publicly funded. Proposition 1 would create a program that funnels public money to candidates who decide to opt in to the program. To qualify, prospective candidates have to receive donations of at least $10 from 600 voters. If they do, they will receive six public dollars for every one dollar they raise up to $210,000 dollars.

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Elections 2013
5:39 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Kitsap Senate Race Brings In $2M, Breaks State Record

Republican Jan Angel and Democrat Nathan Schlicher are vying for a state senate seat in a race that has brought in a record $2.1 million.
Credit Photo courtesy of Jan Angel and Nathan Schlicher

A California billionaire has pumped $400,000 into the race for a single seat in the Washington state senate. Out-of-state businesses and political groups have poured tens of thousands into the election as well.

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Campaign Finance
5:35 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Opponents Of GMO Labeling Raise Record $17 Million

While some foods now tout their lack of genetically modified ingredients, I-522 would require foods with genetically modified ingredients to advertise that fact.
KUOW / John Ryan

Opponents of genetic labels on food just got a $5 million boost. The donation from the Grocery Manufacturers Association sends the No on 522 campaign into the record books. More money is going against the genetic labeling initiative than against any other ballot measure in Washington history.

The No on 522 campaign has amassed a war chest of $17.2 million.

With its latest $5 million check, the Grocery Manufacturers Association rockets past agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. as the campaign’s biggest donor.

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Campaign Finance
8:43 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Washington Billionaires Staying Out Of State Politics This Year

Nine men and one woman from Washington state made this year's list of American billionaires, recently updated by Forbes magazine.

The group of 10 had an oversized influence on Washington state politics in 2012. But so far this year, the billionaires are mostly sitting on the sidelines.

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