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 (WAC 390-17-400).

The fundraising freeze is in effect starting 30 days before the regular session and continues through adjournment, as well as during any special session. RCW 42.17A.560

Legislators and state officials may accept online and credit card contributions, as well as mailed contributions, on Dec. 15 or later as long as the donor made the contribution before the session freeze period began.

Non-incumbent, newly elected state officers are not subject to the legislative session freeze period until they are sworn in to office.

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