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Category: Campaign Finance

Feb.
5th

Federal appeals court upholds Washington law requiring finance disclosure by grassroots lobbying groups

A decision by the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld Washington state’s decades-old regulations that require public disclosure of grassroots lobbying activities. The decision is here, and a spokeswoman for the state Public Disclosure Commission welcomed the news.

“This challenge was one of several recent attempts to erode Washington State’s voter-enacted disclosure requirements. The Commission views every decision upholding I-276 as a great victory,” PDC spokeswoman Lori Anderson said in an email reply to a reporter.

At issue was a claim brought by two out-of-state groups – Many Cultures, One Voice and Conservative Enthusiasts

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Feb.
5th

Bill to protest Citizens United’s money flood in federal campaigns gets favorable testimony

In another busy day for election-related bills in Olympia, a liberal Seattle senator’s proposal to urge Congress to authorize a U.S. constitutional amendment got a hearing Tuesday in the state Senate Government Operations Committee. Most who spoke were urging passage of Senate Joint Memorial 8002, which is Sen. Adam Kline‘s  long-shot bid to get Congress to start a years-long process that could close a loophole in U.S. campaign finance law by sending a constitutional amendment out to the states.

It issue is the 2010 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case known as Citizens United, which

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