These guidelines are distilled from the requirements in RCW 42.17A and WAC 390. Care has been taken to ensure the guidelines are accurate and concise. Nevertheless, they do not take the place of local, state, or federal laws.
Filter by audience for reporting guidelines and restrictions relevant to you or your interest area. Filter by interpretations or declaratory orders to see the Commission’s statements on how the law applies in certain situations.
|Title||Type of Guideline||Audience(s)||Topic|
|Contribution Limits||General||Candidates, Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee, Out-of-State Political Committees, Lobbyists, Lobbyist Employer||Campaign Contributions, Contribution Limits|
|Employee Withholding for Political Contributions||General||Lobbyist Employer, Public Agencies||Campaign Contributions|
|False Political Advertising
False political ads, published with actual malice, are illegal.
|General||Candidates, Political Committees, Out-of-State Political Committees, Sponsors of Independent Expenditures, Incidental Committees, Lobbyists, Lobbyist Employer||Political Advertising|
|In the matter of the Petition from Institute for Free Speech Regarding Pro Bono Legal Work
The Commission issued an order concerning a non-profit organization's plan to provide pro bono legal services to a person who plans to appeal a ruling in a campaign finance court case. The order says the non-profit need not register or file reports with the PDC, nor disclose its donors, as long as it represents the person in his individual capacity in the appeal. [Declaratory Order No. 18, issued May 27, 2021]
|Declaratory Order||Candidates, Political Committees, Bona Fide Party Committee, Out-of-State Political Committees, Sponsors of Independent Expenditures, Incidental Committees, Lobbyists, Lobbyist Employer, Grassroots Lobbying, Public Agencies, Official disclosing personal financial information, Elected Officials, Voters & the Public||Enforcement Cases, Rulemaking|
|Items Exempt from Sponsor ID||General||Political Advertising|
|Limits on "Last Minute" Contributions||General||Candidates, Political Committees, Lobbyists, Lobbyist Employer||Contribution Limits|
|Lobbyist Duties and Restrictions||General||Lobbyists, Lobbyist Employer||Registration, Lobbying|
|Penalty waivers for Small Business Paperwork Violations||Commission Interpretation|
|Political Advertising Guide
Learn the definition of political advertising and how to ensure your ad complies with state law.
|Post-Election Deadlines for Candidate Contributions||General||Candidates, Incidental Committees, Lobbyists, Lobbyist Employer||Reporting Deadlines|
|Sponsor ID Placement and Size
Sponsor identification rules on political advertising varies, depending on whether the ad is in print, on a billboard or poster, broadcast or online.
|Sponsor ID: What to Include
Political advertising must identify who is paying for it. Learn what details to include.