October 12, 2020

Curious about who’s funding recall efforts involving local elected officials?  

Here’s how to find that information on the PDC website.  

Recalls are ballot propositions, and groups that raise or spend money to support or fight a ballot proposition are political committees, or PACs.  

To find the PACs involved in a local recall election, start here

The page defaults to the current year. Type the official’s last name (and/or first name) or the committee name in the filter box under the Committee heading. A search may also reveal if there is a committee raising money to defend that official.  

 

If you don’t find what you’re looking for you may need to search under a future year. Some recall petitions won’t make the ballot for months because of the process involved. If the recall effort does not yet have an election date, you can try to change the year in the drop-down menu:  

Once you find the committee you’re interested in, click on its name. You’ll get an overview that shows the date the committee registered, the name of its treasurer, contact information and more. Tabs at the top of the page take you to information about contributions, expenditures and other financial details.  

Recall committees have one important difference from other ballot measure groups: contribution limits. A donor to a recall committee can only give as much money to that effort as they would have been able to give to elect the officeholder. 

Need more information or help finding recall committees? Email us at pdc@pdc.wa.gov