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 bona fide party committees, may not accept more than $5,000, in the aggregate from one source.

The limitations do not apply when the donor is a state party committee.

Also during this period, contributions of $1,000 dollars or more, in the aggregate, must be separately reported. The deadline for filing last-minute contribution (LMC) reports is within 24 hours by the contributor and 48 hours by the recipient. The reports can be filed online. The recipient may, in lieu of filing an LMC, submit a C-3 deposit report disclosing the contribution within the 48 hour window.

Individuals or other entities who do not currently have a filing requirement with the PDC are not required to complete a LMC disclosing that they made a contribution.

More information about LMC restrictions and reporting is available here for candidates, here for political committees, and here for lobbyists.