Interpretation: The Commission interprets the definition of “bona fide political party,” contained in RCW 42.17A.005(6) as excluding the national party committee of a political party and the federal committee (account) of a state or local party organization.
Effect of Interpretation: Neither a national party committee nor a federal committee (account) of a state or local party organization may contribute in excess of the following limits pursuant to RCW 42.17A.405 and RCW 42.17A.420(1),
A national party committee or the federal committee (account) of a state or local party organization may make unlimited contributions to a political party’s (state, county, or legislative district) exempt account.
Interpretation: The Commission interprets the definition of “contribution” contained in RCW 42.17A.005(13) to include:
Effect of Interpretation: That portion of an expenditure constituting a contribution to a candidate subject to contribution limits by the federal account of a state or local party organization, or by the state account of a state or local party organization, is subject to the state statutory limit imposed on the respective account. (That is, the federal account is subject to limits on contributions it makes as outlined above. The state non-exempt account of a state party organization may contribute to these candidates during an election cycle no more than $.90 times the number of registered voters in the candidate’s jurisdiction. The state non-exempt accounts of all local party organizations in a candidate’s district may, during an election cycle, jointly contribute $.45 times the number of registered voters in the candidate’s jurisdiction.) Once a federal account of a state or local party organization reaches its contribution limit with respect to a candidate subject to limits, the non-exempt account of the state or local party organization must be used to make any additional contributions by the state or local party organization to that candidate up to the maximum allowed by state law.
Interpretation: Pursuant to RCW 42.17A.405 and WAC 390-17-060 neither the national party committee of a political party nor the federal committee (account) of a state or local party organization may contribute in excess of $4,500 in the aggregate per calendar year to the state non-exempt account of a state or local party organization. Except during the 21 days before the general election, the national party committee or a federal committee (account) of a state or local party committee may give unlimited contributions to the state exempt account of a state or local party organization. See above for details on the limit imposed by state law during the 21 days before the general.
If a state or local party organization deposits contributions into its federal account that are otherwise legally eligible for deposit into its state non-exempt account pursuant to RCW 42.17A.405 and this interpretation, the party organization may, using the Last In, First Out accounting method, re-assign these legally permissible state funds to its state non-exempt account so long as the original contributors remain eligible to donate to the party’s non-exempt state account, the reassignment is accompanied by a C-3 report showing the original source of each contribution making up the reassignment, along with the other information required by the C-3 report, the deposit of the re-assigned contributions occurs prior to the expenditure being made or obligated, and the expenditure is properly reported as part of the C-4 report.
Re-assignment of legally permissible state funds from the party organization’s federal account to its state non-exempt account does not constitute a transfer as discussed above.
Also see the following materials for an explanation and justification for the interpretations reflected above:
 RCW 42.17A.420(1) prohibits a candidate for statewide office from receiving aggregate contributions exceeding $50,000 and all other candidates and political committees from receiving aggregate contributions exceeding $5,000 within 21 days of a general election. By law, this prohibition does not apply to contributions made by or accepted from a bona fide political party’s state committee. The prohibition also does not apply to ballot measure committees, pursuant to the federal court ruling in Family PAC v. McKenna et al., 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Nos. 10-35832 and 10-35893 (Dec. 29, 2011).
 Candidates for school board are subject to contribution limits effective June 2012. Chap. 202, Laws of 2012 (HB 2210).
 See footnote two.