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


March 22, 2019

Getting reminders from the PDC to file your Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1) and don't understand why? 

You might fall into one of the categories of filers who are often surprised to find out they owe another F-1 report:

March 12, 2019

Are you thinking of running for office? What in the disclosure law determines that you are a candidate?

By doing any one of these actions, you have become a candidate:

  1. Accept a contribution or spend money for your campaign,
  2. Reserve space or purchase advertising to promote your candidacy,
  3. Authorize someone else to do any of these activities for you,
  4. State publicly that you are seeking office,
  5. File a declaration of candidacy Read more
March 5, 2019

If you are a registered lobbyist who submits monthly L-2 reports, you report any contributions that you make to Washington state candidates. For lobbyists who live in Seattle, those reports should include any democracy vouchers they use to donate to City Council candidates.  

Report the democracy voucher on the monthly lobbyist report, as you would any other campaign donation. A campaign voucher counts as a $25 contribution, so if you give a City Council candidate Read more

February 27, 2019

Wondering if your campaign can keep a contribution from a supporter who is too young to vote? Or from a person born or living abroad? In many cases, the answer is yes.

A non-citizen who is a permanent resident and has a green card may donate to your campaign. No green card, no contribution. You also are allowed to take a campaign contribution from a U.S. citizen who is living in a foreign country.

Someone under 18 years of age can donate too, but it's mom and/or dad who will Read more

February 19, 2019
Trying to file a C-4 report only to find you have no C-4 reporting periods available?
When beginning a new ORCA campaign, one often forgets to populate the necessary C-4 reporting periods. Just 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 Read more
February 5, 2019

A common error among repeat users of the electronic filing application for the Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1) is picking the wrong option when going to file a new report.

Users trying to file a new report should always select "File F1." After verifying your contact information, you will choose “My ANNUAL report.” Any information submitted in the previous year's report (provided it was electronically filed using the same account) will be automatically loaded into the form 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 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!
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