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 …