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Money in Politics

The methods of financing political campaigns should enable candidates to compete equitably for public office and protect from corruption and undue influence in government.


Issue Team Chair: Cindy Madigan, cmadigan@lwvwa.org 
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Bill Tracking

Weekly Reports


Bill Descriptions


Get Involved

Overview for 2023 Legislative Session

We expect to see legislation requested by the Public Disclosure Commission and others strengthening our campaign finance disclosure laws.  We look forward to the introduction of new legislation supporting public financing of statewide legislative races through expanding the successful democracy voucher program.

Bill Tracking

League priority bills are in bold below.


Senate Bills Senate House After Passage
Bill # Bill Name (Brief Title) League Position Take Action In Committee On Floor Calendar Passed  In Committee On Floor Calendar Passed  Passed Legislature On Governor's Desk Signed
SB 5207 Campaign Contributions by Controlled Entities Supports
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SB 5284 Campaign Finance Disclosure Supports x









House Bills House Senate After Passage
Bill # Bill Name (Brief Title) League Position Take Action In Committee On Floor Calendar Passed  In Committee On Floor Calendar Passed  Passed Legislature On Governor's Desk Signed
HB 1317 Grassroots Lobbying Disclosure Supports x








HB 1330 Campaign Contributions by Controlled Entities Supports
x









Weekly Reports

These weekly updates will provide you with a "deep dive" into the progress of each bill, along with more analysis of the potential impact of the bill if it should pass. 


Bill Descriptions

HB 1317 Grassroots Lobbying Disclosure  - at request of Public Disclosure Commission.  Improves transparency in grassroots lobbying disclosure.

HB 1330 Adjusts threshold for candidate contribution certifications related to foreign nationals This threshold would reduce the requirement to provide a document with every contribution that certifies the entity is not financed or controlled by foreign nationals. 

SB 5207 Concerning campaign contributions by controlled entities  Adds requirements to ensure campaign contribution limits are not exceeded when an individual controls another entity

SB 5284 Campaign Finance Disclosure -  at request of Public Disclosure Commission.  Updates reporting deadlines, identification of digital advertising, use of the public disclosure transparency account for technology and reporting improvements.

How To Be Involved
  • Local Leagues in Washington have action chairs who coordinate action teams. Some local Leagues have democracy teams to take action locally. Contact your local League action chair to find out and join.
  • Volunteer to help with research. Do you like numbers and data-mining? Join us as we use the excellent tools provided by the https://www.pdc.wa.gov/political-disclosure-reporting-data to dig deep into the data.
  • You may also express your opinion on legislation with the LWVWA issue chairs. We will take your perspectives under considerations as we determine our support for legislation and prepare testimony. Contact: Cindy Madigan, Elections Issue Chair, cmadigan@lwvwa.org.

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