Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Oct 19 2020

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson released the following statement about his decision to file a second campaign finance disclosure lawsuit against Google:

“My office will file a lawsuit against Google for violating Washington campaign finance disclosure laws. I take repeat violations of our campaign finance laws seriously. This is the second time Google has been accused of not complying with campaign finance laws related to making required information about political advertisements available to Washington voters. The first time resulted in Google paying $217,000 to Washington. The Public Disclosure Commission referred this matter to our office on Sept. 3. Normally, we don’t announce lawsuits until they are filed, but we are required by statute to publish a decision on whether to commence an action within 45 days after a referral. In 1972, the people of Washington passed Initiative 276 requiring transparency in our elections. We will continue working to ensure that our elections are transparent.”

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