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Washington Supreme Court Review: Court Flags Nonprofit’s Failure To Report Pro Bono Campaign Finance Disclosures

March 2019 Bar Bulletin

State of Washington v. Evergreen Freedom Foundation
No. 97581-7, January 10, 2019 (5-4)

Justice Madsen Writes for the Majority:

This case involves statutory interpretation concerning application of the reporting requirements contained in the Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA), chapter 42.17A RCW. The specific issue is how the FCPA reporting requirements in RCW 42.17A.255 and the definition in RCW 42.17A.005(4) (“ballot proposition”)1 are to be applied in the context of local initiatives. For the reasons explained below, we hold that under the circumstances of this case, pro bono legal services, which Evergreen Freedom Foundation provided to initiative proponents, were reportable to...

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