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Bob Ferguson

Oct 15 2020
Attorney General Bob Ferguson offered the following statement on the Washington State Supreme Court striking down Initiative 976:
Oct 13 2020
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that Twitter will pay $100,000 to Washington’s Public Disclosure Transparency Account for violating the state’s campaign finance disclosure law, which Washingtonians adopted through initiative in 1972. Twitter unlawfully failed to maintain for public inspection records about Washington political ads that ran on its platform from 2012 until Nov. 22, 2019. On that date, Twitter implemented a ban on all political advertising.
Aug 7 2020
Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement today after a King County Superior Court Judge Douglass A. North denied Facebook’s attempt to dismiss Ferguson’s campaign finance lawsuit against the multinational social media company.
Jun 8 2020
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that a Thurston County Superior Court judge ordered the Freedom Foundation to pay $80,000 over its campaign finance violations. This recovery will go into the state Public Disclosure Transparency Account, which funds enforcement of campaign finance laws.
Apr 16 2020
OLYMPIA — The Washington State Supreme Court ruled that the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association intentionally violated Washington’s campaign finance laws, and reinstated the historic $18 million penalty in Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s campaign finance lawsuit against the trade organization.
Apr 14 2020
Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a campaign finance lawsuit today against Facebook for selling Washington state political ads without maintaining information for the public as required by Washington state campaign finance law. The complaint asserts that Facebook intentionally violated the state’s campaign finance disclosure law, which was first adopted by initiative in 1972 and reenacted and amended multiple times since 1976 by the Legislature.
Apr 9 2020
A federal bankruptcy judge ordered initiative promoter Tim Eyman to comply with a court approved plan to pay the contempt sanctions he has accrued by refusing to follow court orders in a campaign finance case brought by Attorney General Bob Ferguson. The bankruptcy plan starts with an immediate $278,137.93 payment, followed by significant monthly payments until all court penalties are paid. This includes any future judgments.
Mar 9 2020
OLYMPIA — As a result of Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s campaign finance case, a former Grant County Superior Court judge and a Moses Lake business owner will pay $250,000 in civil penalties, costs and fees.
Feb 21 2020
OLYMPIA — A Thurston County Superior Court judge ruled today that Tim Eyman has committed more than 100 violations of multiple Washington state campaign finance laws by concealing $766,447 in political contributions. Eyman faces significant potential penalties which will be determined in July.
Jan 7 2020
OLYMPIA — A Thurston County Superior Court judge ruled that a former Grant County Superior Court judge and Moses Lake business owner violated Washington campaign finance law numerous times when they sent a 2014 mailer in the election for Grant County prosecutor, and concealed that they were the source. 

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