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Seattle think tank to pay $30K in campaign-disclosure fines

July 18, 2017

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state attorney general’s office says the Washington Budget and Policy Center has agreed to pay about $30,000 in relation to violations of state campaign-disclosure law.

The Seattle Times reported Monday (https://goo.gl/wq2Vu4 ) that court records show the center didn’t properly report independent expenditures it made while opposing Initiative 1366.

Voters in 2015 approved I-1366, a Tim Eyman-sponsored, anti-tax proposal that a court later threw out.

The judgment orders the left-leaning center based in Seattle to pay $33,510 in penalties. Half will be suspended if the center doesn’t commit other campaign-finance violations in the next four years.

The center was also ordered to pay nearly $14,000 in attorney fees and other costs.

Officials with the center say the action stems from a complaint filed by the right-leaning Freedom Foundation.


Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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