Seattle City Council to Vote on Registration and Disclosure By Public Lobbying Groups - State and Federal Communications

December 14, 2020  •  

Seattle City Council to Vote on Registration and Disclosure By Public Lobbying Groups

Seattle - by Daniel Schwen

The Seattle City Council is scheduled to vote Monday afternoon on a new ordinance.

The ordinance’s rules are meant to shine a light on groups spending money to build public pressure on Seattle politicians.

Recommended in January by the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, the rules would apply to groups spending at least $750 in a month or $1,500 in three months on presenting a program to the public to affect legislation.

The individuals behind a group would need to identify themselves, their contractors, and donors for contributions of $25 or more.

The group also would be required to describe its purpose and record spending on monthly reports.

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