No state executives, legislators, or their employees or agents may solicit or accept contributions for any state office candidate, to defray public office related expenses, or to retire a campaign debt during what is known as the “session freeze period;” that is, during the regular legislative session, the 30 days before a regular session, and during any special session of the legislature. This prohibition also means that no pledges or payments of earlier pledges may be requested or received during the session freeze period. RCW 42.17A.560
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.