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Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

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. 
Oct 28 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 the Freedom Foundation. Specifically, the AGO alleges that the Freedom Foundation failed to properly and timely file independent expenditure reports disclosing money it spent to oppose statewide ballot measures.
Oct 4 2016
OLYMPIA — The Attorney General’s Office today announced the filing of a complaint in Thurston County Superior Court alleging campaign finance violations by Secretary of State Kim Wyman and her campaign, Citizens for Kim Wyman. The complaint alleges the Wyman campaign failed to timely file contribution and expenditure disclosure reports, as required under the state’s campaign finance laws. It also alleges that the campaign failed to timely deposit contributions.
Oct 4 2016
Statement from Washington State Attorney General’s Office Communications Director Peter Lavallee:  "I want to set the record straight:  Contrary to any insinuation by the Kim Wyman campaign, Attorney General Bob Ferguson played no role in the decision, the substance or the filing of today’s campaign-finance complaint.  Career Attorney General’s Office legal staff made those calls.  
Sep 26 2016
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced the filing of campaign finance complaints against Tim Eyman, three political committees, and their officers and treasurer. The AG alleges that shoddy accounting practices and improper disclosure of the source of funds for the committees and their ads violated Washington law.

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