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Tag: Public Disclosure Commission


Campaign rules there for a reason, so obey them

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

Should supervisors in government agencies not so subtly suggest how workers should vote if they want to keep their jobs?

Should churches collect donations for a political cause that aligns with their beliefs and send them to the campaign?

The first scenario seems like a no-brainer. Of course bosses shouldn’t apply political pressure in the workplace – especially in government offices. In fact, the Hatch Act expressly prohibits certain government employees from partisan politicking at work.
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Campaign accounts not meant to be slush funds

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

There’s a big gray area in state campaign finance policy that could use more black and white.

That gray area lurks in the little-scrutinized surplus accounts – where excess money donated to lawmakers’ campaigns sits until the next election. Some lawmakers return the money to donors, give it to their party to spend on other candidates or donate it to charity.

But they can also use money in those accounts for what state law calls “public office-related expenses.” And apparently that’s a matter of fairly loose interpretation.
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The county councilman’s newsletter that looks like a newsletter

Best I can tell, Dick Muri is the only other Pierce County Council member besides Shawn Bunney who has put out a newsletter this year. What a coincidence: Muri, too, is running for higher office.

But Muri’s not incurred the scrutiny of the Public Disclosure Commission like Bunney has. The probable reason (other than he’s not the guy running against Cathy Dahlquist)? His newsletter looks like a newsletter – “good, honest, government boring,” as Councilman Tim Farrell would say.

I emailed Muri, whose issued his newsletter before the June candidate filing week, to ask

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