Here's where you can find updates to filer guidance and timely reminders about how to properly disclose campaign or lobbying activity.

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January 14, 2019

In case of forgotten or misplaced passwords, you can reset them without the assistance of the customer service team by filing a new campaign registration.

  • Open ORCA.
  • Select "Open Campaign."
  • Select Committee Information under the File menu.
  • Remove your Filer ID from the "Committee Information" section and select OK to save.
  • Select the Reports menu and choose Preview/Print C1. 
  • Choose Submit Report and enter the new Read more
January 11, 2019

I mistakenly filed a C-4 report marking it "Final." How do I fix it?

  • With the campaign open, go to Reports>Preview/Print & Submit Reports
  • Click on the C-4 tab
  • Find the last C-4 report you filed and click to highlight
  • Look below the Upload/Amend Icon at right where you will find the Final Report box (which is blank)
  • Click in the box and a check mark will appear. This has now activated this feature.
  • Click Read more
January 11, 2019

Political party or other continuing committees that want to opt for mini reporting in 2019 must send the PDC a C-1pc political committee registration indicating that choice.

Mini reporting status does not automatically carry forward from year to year. Committees previously registered under mini reporting that do not file a new C-1pc will be converted to full reporting committees and will be expected to file monthly reports.

Under mini reporting, committees register with the Read more

January 2, 2019

We're having a bit of fun with this week's tip. Happy new year to all of our filers.

Should old committees be forgot
And never brought to mind?
No! Old committees can have a shot
Resurrected for auld lang syne!
 
Chorus:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
Read more
December 24, 2018

Continuing political committees “close out” at the end of every calendar year. In preparation for the end of year C-4 report due on Jan. 10, 2019, there are a few steps that you can take in order to clean up your campaign for the year. 

December 22, 2018

As you finish your 2018 campaign, make sure that you keep track of your campaign books. By law, you need to keep the records of the contributions to your campaign, including loans, and the expenditures that you’ve made from campaign funds for 5 years from the date of each contribution and expenditure.

If you or your treasurer used the ORCA filing software to report your 2018 campaign, it’s a good idea to keep a backup file of your ORCA campaign too. Here's how to do that:   

December 7, 2018

Beginning Dec. 15, legislators, state executive office holders and their employees or agents may not accept or solicit contributions:

  • for any candidate for state or local office;
  • to a public office fund;
  • to retire a campaign debt; or
  • for a political committee, including a caucus political committee or party, if the contribution is used for the benefit of incumbent state officials or known candidates ( Read more
November 8, 2018

With ballot counts beginning to wind down this week, many candidates will be looking to close out their PDC reporting. Things to consider when wrapping up that campaign.

October 27, 2018

From Oct. 27 until Nov. 5, any individual may email a campaign at the address reported on the C-1 or C-1pc to request to inspect its books of account. If someone contacts your campaign to check your books, make an appointment to meet that person. The appointment must be between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on a weekday, unless you both agree to meet at a different time. 

The inspection must be allowed within 48 hours of the date and time the request was made, provided that if the request is not Read more

October 24, 2018

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency should be treated as the equivalent of cash and limited to $100 (RCW 42.17A.475). The cryptocurrency should be converted to legal tender, deposited in the campaign depository within five business days of receipt (RCW 42.17A.220), and timely reported.

If cryptocurrency is paid directly to a vendor for goods or Read more

October 22, 2018

In the waning days of the election season, campaigns are making lots of expenditures to get out their messages. The PDC encourages campaigns to provide as much detail as possible to help the public identify the purpose of those expenses.

Campaigns should "describe in detail the goods and/or services to be provided" (WAC 390-16-037). That rule, as well as  Read more

October 15, 2018

Washington state law puts restrictions and special reporting requirements on large contributions received within 21 days of the general election. 

Beginning Oct. 16 and continuing through Nov. 5:

  • a statewide office candidate may not accept campaign contributions exceeding $50,000, in the aggregate;
  • a legislative or local office candidate may not accept campaign contributions exceeding $5,000, in the aggregate; and
  • a political committee, including all Read more
October 13, 2018

The PDC has received several inquiries about how to provide sponsor ID for political advertising via text message, which is considered an online transmission method under WAC 390-05-290(2). PDC staff has advised political committees that text messages are eligible to use the small online ad alternative outlined in WAC 390-18-030, which allows sponsor ID Read more

October 11, 2018

If you file C-4 reports for a candidate who will be on the November ballot or a political committee that’s involved with the general election this year, you have a C-4 report due Oct. 16. This C-4 should be a report for the period of Sept. 1 through Oct. 15. 

If you don’t see a C-4 with a due date of Oct. 16 in ORCA, make sure that you are set up for the general election. Open your campaign in ORCA, and click the word “File” on the upper left.  Read more

October 5, 2018

It’s lobbyist registration time once again.

State law requires registered lobbyists to file a new registration statement every two years. The deadline is the second Monday in January of odd-numbered years. Failure to do so terminates the lobbyist’s registration.

Anyone planning to lobby in 2019 and 2020 are encouraged to complete their registration for the 2019-20 biennium now. Registrations can be submitted Read more