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


July 20, 2021

The PDC has created a new experience to help filers enter monetary expenditures for surplus funds and sub-vendors.

After the new update to ORCA self-installs, you will see some new features appear on the Monetary Expenditure transaction page. 

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June 21, 2021
Check out the new ORCA expenditure screen where you’ll find updated features. 
You can view your current available cash on hand balance. You’ll be able to use an Add More Expenses button to quickly enter several expense items into one expenditure transaction. Also note the drop-down arrows for vendor names, bank accounts, and expense item account names.
May 28, 2021

Beginning June 1, C-3 deposit reports will be due on a weekly basis instead of monthly for candidates and committees participating in the 2021 election.

C-3 reports become due each Monday beginning June 1st. On Monday, June 7th, all deposit activity for the period of June 1-6 must be reported.

C-3 reports for deposit activity during the period of May 1-31st are due no later than June 10.

May 17, 2021
Monday, May 17 kicks off the 2021 candidate filing week in Washington state.  
Candidates who have filed for office with their county elections office or the Secretary of State should also check with the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) about possible additional reporting requirements. 
If you’re running for a state or local office Read more
April 15, 2021
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April 15, 2021
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April 1, 2021

You may be wondering whether loans and payments provided through COVID-19 relief programs are reportable in your F-1 Personal Financial Affairs Statement.

The Paycheck Protection Program’s (PPP) unforgiven loans of $2,400 or more, made to you or a family member, should be reported within the debt portion of the F-1. If you are liable for the loan made to a business Read more

March 15, 2021

The lobbyist application is designed for each user to have their own user account. If you are taking over the filing requirements for your organization, please create your own user account and then request to link to the lobbyist or lobbyist employer that you will be filing for in the application.  

Such linking requests are sent to PDC staff, who will ask you to confirm that you handle L-2 reports (for requests to link to lobbyist records) or L-3 reports (for requests to link to Read more

March 1, 2021

When you start a new campaign as a candidate you may have surplus funds from a past election that you’d like to use for the new campaign.  

If you’re a candidate running for reelection to the same office, you may use funds from the previous election for your next election.  

If you file using ORCA, enter the funds from the previous race into the new campaign by clicking on File at the top, then Committee Information. On the Committee Read more

February 16, 2021

If your committee is organized to support or oppose ballot measures – like a committee that supports or opposes a school, fire, or library levy or bond – we recommend that you register a separate campaign for each election. 

If you register as a single-election committee, you only do one set-up, which will cover multiple years including the year in which your election will take place.

If you register as a continuing committee, you will be required to set up a Read more

February 8, 2021
Trying to file a C-4 report only to find you have no C-4 reporting periods available?
When beginning a new ORCA campaign, some filers forget to populate the necessary C-4 reporting periods. Follow these simple directions to create or add more.
In your new ORCA candidate or committee campaign:
  2. Select the Election your committee will be participating in Read more
February 3, 2021

If you or your organization employed a lobbyist at any time in 2020, you need to file a lobbyist employer’s annual report, the form L-3.  You should also file one if a lobbyist reported that they had a contract to lobby for you in 2020, even if they didn’t actually end up lobbying.  The due date for the L-3 form is March 1, 2021 this year.

File your L-3 report online through our web page  Read more

February 1, 2021

If you file for a continuing political committee, such as a political party committee or some other committee that is not tied to one election, and the committee intends to use the mini reporting option this year, you must update the committee registration to indicate that. Read more

January 21, 2021
This is the time of year when many filers set up new campaigns using ORCA (Online Reporting of Campaign Activity) software.
A continuing political committee, such as a PAC or party committee, needs to make a new ORCA campaign at the start of the calendar year if it chooses the full reporting option. 
One real time saver is to import contacts from an old campaign to your new one. Read more
January 13, 2021

Attention all treasurers: ORCA version 1.300 is now available. This new Read more