November 21, 2013 •
WA AG Pursues Lawsuit against Grocery Manufacturers Association after Defeat of I-522
Although Initiative 522 was ultimately defeated in an election several weeks ago, State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is moving forward with a lawsuit against the Grocery Manufacturers Association, alleging the group broke state campaign finance laws in its effort to defeat Initiative 522.
Under Washington campaign finance law, an outside group like the GMA must form a political committee, register it in the state of Washington, and file disclosure forms listing the sources of its funding.
Ferguson alleges GMA failed to timely do so and as a result, robbed Washington voters of “transparency and openness in elections”.
The case will not go to trial until early next year.
State and Federal Communications, Inc. provides research and consulting services for government relations professionals on lobbying laws, procurement lobbying laws, political contribution laws in the United States and Canada. Learn more by visiting stateandfed.com.