Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1978 NO. 28 > Oct 26 1978

(1) There is, at present, no state statutory authority whereby a state employee may cause portions of his or her salary or wages to be withheld, through a payroll deduction system, for the specified purpose of making voluntary political contributions to a labor union or other employee organization.   (2) Nothing contained in the Federal Elections Campaign Act of 1971, as amended, either authorizes or requires a state to provide for a system of payroll deductions in order to facilitate voluntary political contributions by state employees.