No legislators, other state officials or their employees or agents may solicit or accept contributions for any state or local office candidate, to defray public office related expenses, or to retire a campaign debt during what is known as the "legislative session freeze period." The freeze period is in effect during the regular legislative session, the 30 days before the regular session and during any special session of the legislature. RCW 42.17A.560.
This prohibition also means that no pledges or payments of earlier pledges may be requested or received during the session freeze period. Online and credit card contributions, as well as contributions mailed to the candidate, are not considered received within the freeze period provided the donor made the contribution before the 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.