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Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Mar 14 2017
OLYMPIA —The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) announced that Representative Frank Chopp will pay $6,469.78 over campaign finance allegations brought by the office. Attorney General Bob Ferguson has recused himself from any involvement in the matter.
Mar 14 2017
OLYMPIA —The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) announced that it has filed two separate complaints in Thurston County Superior Court, one against state Senator Sam Hunt, and another against the Thurston County Democratic Central Committee. Attorney General Bob Ferguson recused himself from any involvement in these matters. The complaints allege deficient campaign finance filings.
Mar 1 2017
OLYMPIA — In a letter opinion, a Thurston County Superior Court judge today ordered the Grocery Manufacturers Association to pay nearly $1.1 million in costs and fees stemming from Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s campaign finance lawsuit. GMA has previously been penalized $18 million for its intentional violations of Washington law, the largest campaign finance judgment in history.
Feb 13 2017
OLYMPIA —The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) announced the resolution of two campaign finance cases today. Eastern Washington University trustee Jay Manning failed to timely file two financial disclosures after his appointment and will pay $4,812.50. Audubon Washington failed to timely file independent expenditure reports for work on a TVW video voters’ guide and will pay $4,390.
Jan 20 2017
OLYMPIA — In an action brought by the Attorney General’s Office, Secretary of State Kim Wyman will pay the state $10,115 over her campaign’s failure to timely file contribution and expenditure disclosure reports and timely deposit contributions. Attorney General Bob Ferguson is recused and was screened from any involvement in the matter.
Dec 19 2016
OLYMPIA —The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) announced that it filed a complaint in Thurston County Superior Court today alleging campaign finance violations by Teresa Purcell, a former legislative candidate for the 19th Legislative District, and her political committee. Specifically, the AGO alleges that Purcell failed to timely report debts and obligations as they were incurred, instead filing reports only when the invoices were paid — potentially months late — as well as failure to report complete information for 42 contributors.
Dec 19 2016
OLYMPIA —The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) announced that it filed two separate complaints in Thurston County Superior Court today, alleging campaign finance violations by the Washington State Budget and Policy Center and a 2016 candidate for the Thurston County Board of Commissioners.
Nov 21 2016
OLYMPIA — A Thurston County judge today ordered an Iowa organization and its belatedly registered political committee to pay $319,281 in penalties, plus costs and fees in Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s campaign finance disclosure lawsuit.
Nov 21 2016
OLYMPIA — The Attorney General’s Office today announced it has filed a complaint alleging campaign finance violations by Jared Karstetter, an attorney who formerly represented the King County Corrections Guild and King County Court Protection Guild.
Nov 2 2016
OLYMPIA — In a historic decision, a Thurston County Superior Court judge today ordered the Grocery Manufacturers Association to pay $18 million in penalties and punitive damages, after Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s lawsuit revealed GMA intentionally violated Washington campaign finance laws. The case arose from Ferguson’s investigation of the finances of opposition to voter Initiative 522, which would have required labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, in food sold to consumers. 

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