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


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