The following list provides an index of current and past interpretations by the Public Disclosure Commission. Interpretations are intended to provide guidance by informing the public and the regulated community of the Commission’s interpretation of applicable rule and law.

Current Interpretations (In Effect)

Political Advertising

Campaign Disclosure

Contribution Limits

Public Facilities and Election Activities

Other

 

Past Interpretations (No Longer in Effect)

Political Advertising

  • Computing Thresholds for Independent Expenditures - Interpretation 07-01 (superseded by WAC 390-16-063)
  • Filing a Report of Independent Expenditures that Support or Oppose More Than One Candidate or Ballot Measure - Interpretation 02-02 (superseded by #07-01)

Campaign Disclosure

  • The Eight Day Period for Inspection of Campaign Books - Interpretation 99-01 (withdrawn)
  • Fund Raising Through 900 Telephone Numbers 95-05 - Interpretation (superseded by #00-02)
  • Internal Political Communications of Membership Organizations 95-04 - Interpretation (superseded by WAC 390-05-515)
  • State and Local Party Organizations Intra-Party Transfers and Federal Accounts of Party Organizations - Interpretation 94-01 (superseded by #94-02)
  • "Within 21 Days of a General Election" Definition - Interpretation 92-02  (superseded by #96-04)

Contribution Limits

  • Contribution Limits:  Impact When a Candidate Subject to Limit Does Not Have a Primary Election - Interpretation 04-01 (superseded by WAC 390-17-301)
  • Contributions to State Office Candidates Who Lose the Primary Election - Interpretation 01-02 (superseded by WAC 390-17-302)
  • Session Freeze - Interpretation 96-01, 01-01, 01-04 (superseded by WAC 390-17-400)
  • Use of "Soft Money" for Issue Advocacy - Interpretation 00-04 (withdrawn)
  • Slate Cards and Other Candidate Listings - Interpretation 98-01 (withdrawn)
  • Commercial Loans to a candidate - Interpretation 96-02 (superseded by WAC 390-16-226)
  • Definition of General Election - Interpretation 95-01 (withdrawn)

Disclosing Lobbying Activities

  • Reporting of Field Trips and Other Excursions - Interpretation 00-01 (superseded by WAC 390-20-146)
  • L-2 Reporting guide for Entertainment, Travel and Educational Expenditures - Interpretation 96-03 (superseded by WAC 390-20-020A)

Personal Financial Affairs Statements

  • 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 - Interpretation 02-06 (superseded by WAC 390-28-100(1)(e)(iv))
  • Requests for Modification of the Requirement to Report Information on the Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1) for Motor Vehicle Dealers - Interpretation 02-05 (superseded by WAC 390-28-100(1)(e)(iii))
  • Requests for Modification of the Requirements to Report Information on the Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1) for Judges and Judicial Candidates - Interpretation 02-04 (superseded by WAC 390-28-100(1)(3)(ii))
  • Requests for Modification of the Requirements to Report Information on the Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1) for Lawyers and Law Firms - Interpretation 02-03 (superseded by WAC 390-28-100(1)(e)(i))
  • Who is an "Officer" for Purposes of RCW 42.17A.710(1)(g) - Interpretation 91-01 (superseded by WAC 390-24-150)

Public Facilities and Election Activities

  • Guidelines for Local Government Agencies, Including School Districts, in Election Campaigns - Interpretation 00-05 (superseded by #04-02)

Other

  • Service members Civil Relief Act and PDC Filings - Interpretation 04-03 (superseded by #04-03)