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Index of Interpretations

RCW Chapter 42.17 recodified to 42.17A, effective January 1, 2012.
recodification cross-reference table


Number Subject / Date
14-01 Campaign Loans- PDF (September 25, 2014) (153 KB)
12-01 In-Kind Loans, Pledges, And Disclosure Of Contributions On 21- And 7-Day Pre-Election Reports- PDF (June 28, 2012) (110 KB)
11-01 Determining When an Entity is the Functional Equivalent of a Public Agency under RCW 42.17 -- Telford v. Thurston County Board of Commissioners- PDF (March 24, 2011) (18.69 KB)
10-01 Public Service Announcements By State-Elected Officials and Municipal Officers Section 703, Chapter 204, Laws of 2010- PDF (June 24, 2010) (34KB)
09-01 Implementing RCW 34.05.110 - Penalty Waivers for Small Business Paperwork Violations- PDF (August 27, 2009/June 10, 2010) (39KB)
08-01 Internal Political Communications and Sponsor Identification- PDF (April 17, 2008) (86KB)
07-04 Online Campaign Activities- PDF (October 25, 2007/June 27, 2013) (218KB)
07-02 Primary Purpose Test Guidelines- PDF (May 2, 2007) (33KB)
07-01 Computing Thresholds for Independent Expenditures (March 22, 2007)  (Supersedes 02-02) (Superseded by WAC 390-16-063) 
06-01 Servicemembers Civil Relief act and PDC Filings- PDF (February 23, 2006/April 26,2012) (30KB) (Supersedes 04-03)
04-03 Servicemembers Civil Relief act and PDC Filings (September 28, 2004)  (Superseded by 06-01)
04-02 Guidelines for Local Government Agencies in Election Campaigns- PDF (September 28, 2004/April 26, 2005/May 31, 2006/September 28, 2006/August 23, 2012/May 22, 2013) (Supersedes 00-05) (76KB) [Updated link for Attorney General's Office memorandum referenced on p.3: http://www.ethics.wa.gov/RESOURCES/Resources.htm]
AGO 2005 No. 4 Meaning of the term 'elected legislative body' as used in RCW 42.17.130- PDF (April 4, 2005) (455 KB)  UPDATE:  See Chapter 215, Laws of 2006.

Election-Related Communications by Local Government Agencies
04-01 Contribution Limits: Impact When a Candidate Subject to Limit Does Not Have a Primary Election (February 24, 2004/August 27, 2009/May 26, 2011) (Superseded by WAC 390-17-301) 
  September 28, 1993 Public Disclosure Commission meeting minutes
  September 1, 1993 Memorandum from Roselyn Marcus, AAG
02-06 Requests for Modification of the Requirements to Report Information on the Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1) For Applicants Whose Spouses Create a Reporting Obligation for the Applicant  (January 28, 2003/May 27, 2003/June 26, 2008/April 9, 2009/February 26, 2012) (Superseded by WAC 390-28-100(1)(e)(iv))
02-05 Requests for Modification of the Requirements to Report Information on the Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1) For Motor Vehicle Dealers (January 28, 2003/February 26, 2010) (Superseded by WAC 390-28-100(1)(e)(iii))
02-04 Requests for Modification of the Requirements to Report Information on the Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1) For Judges and Judicial Candidates (January 28, 2003/April 9, 2009) (Superseded by WAC 390-28-100(1)(e)(ii)
02-03 Requests for Modification of the Requirements to Report Information on the Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1) For Lawyers and Law Firms (January 28, 2003/April 9, 2009/March 22, 2012) (Superseded by WAC 390-28-100(1)(e)(i))
02-02 Filing a Report of Independent Expenditures That Support or Oppose More Than One Candidate or Ballot Measure (October 2, 2002)  (Superseded by 07-01)
02-01 2012 Contribution Limits From Bona Fide Political Party Committees and Caucus Political Committees to Legislative Candidates- PDF (February 26, 2002/October 27, 2011) (46KB)
01-04 Participation in Fund Raising Events by State Officials During Legislative Freeze Period- PDF (December 4, 2001) (12KB)
01-03 Guidelines for School Districts in Election Campaigns- PDF (January 13, 2004/April 26, 2005/May 31, 2006/September 28, 2006) (84KB) [Updated link for Attorney General's Office memorandum referenced on p.3: http://www.ethics.wa.gov/RESOURCES/Resources.htm]
AGO 2005 No. 4 Meaning of the term 'elected legislative body' as used in RCW 42.17.130- PDF (April 4, 2005) (455 KB)  UPDATE:  See Chapter 215, Laws of 2006.

Election-Related Communications by Local Government Agencies
01-02 Contributions to State Office Candidates Who Lose the Primary Election (July 24, 2001)(Superseded by WAC 390-17-302)
01-01 Participation in Fund Raising Events by State Officials During Legislative Freeze Period- (April 24, 2001) (Supersedes 96-01) (Superseded by 01-04) 
00-05 Guidelines for Local Government agencies, Including School Districts, in Election Campaigns (September 26, 2000) (Superseded by 04-02)
00-04 Use of 'Soft Money' for Issue Advocacy (September 29, 2000) (Withdrawn by Commission on April 17, 2008)
00-03 Use of Robes and Courtrooms in Campaign Literature by District and Municipal Court Judges- PDF (July 25, 2000/June 28, 2012) (20KB)
00-02 Guidelines for Contributions Made Over the Internet, Via 1-900 Telephone Numbers, and Using Other Technologies Such as Text Messages - PDF (June 29, 2000/May 26, 2011/June 27, 2013) (Supersedes 95-05) (59KB)
00-01 Reporting of Field trips and Other Excursions(April 25, 2000) (Superseded by WAC 390-20-146)
99-01 The Eight-Day Period for Inspection of Campaign Books (June 29, 1999) (Withdrawn by Commission on April 24, 2001)
98-01 Slate Cards and Other Candidate Listings (August 25, 1998) (Withdrawn by Commission on April 24, 2001)
96-04 'Within 21 Days of a General Election,' Definition, for Purposes of RCW 42.17.105(8)(March 26, 1996/April 26, 2012) (Supersedes 92-02)
96-03 L-2 Reporting Guide for Entertainment, Travel and Educational Expenditures (January 23, 1996) (Superseded by WAC 390-20-020A)
96-02 Commercial Loans to a Candidate (July 15, 1996) (Superseded by WAC 390-16-226)
96-01 Participation in Fund Raising Events by State Officials During Legislative Freeze Period(February 20, 1996) (Superseded by 01-01)
95-05 Fund Raising Through 900 Telephone Numbers (October 24, 1995) (Superseded by 00-02) 
95-04 Internal Political Communications of Membership Organizations(October 24, 1995) (Superseded by WAC 390-05-515)
95-03 Definition of 'Local Official' for Purposes of RCW 42.17.750(June 27, 1995)
95-02 Transfers of Candidate Surplus Funds to Bona Fide Political Party and Caucus Political Committees(June 27, 1995/May 24, 2012)
95-01 Definition of 'General Election' (June 27, 1995) (Withdrawn by Commission on July 23, 2002) April 24, 2001
94-02 State and Local Party Organizations: Intra-Party Transfers and Federal Accounts of Party Organizations(June 29, 1994/April 26, 2012)
94-01 State and Local Party Organizations: Intra-Party Transfers and Federal Accounts of Party Organizations(April 25, 1994) (Superseded by 94-02)
92-03 Definition of 'Open Press Conference' for Purposes of RCW 42.17.130(August 25, 1992)
92-02 'Within 21 Days of a General Election,' Definition(April 28, 1992) (Superseded by 96-04)
92-01 Wearing Political Pins, Buttons, Etc. and RCW 42.17.130(March 24, 1992)
91-03 Library Displays of Campaign Materials and RCW 42.17.130- PDF (August 27, 1991) (24 KB)
91-02 Legal Fees Related to Placing, or Not Placing, a Proposition on the Ballot(June 25, 1991)
91-01 Who is an 'Officer' for Purposes of RCW 42.17.241(1)(g)?(April 23, 1991) (Superseded by WAC 390-24-150)