- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A judge has ruled in favor of the Port of Tacoma and two other groups, finding that they didn’t violate campaign finance laws.

The News Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2gM1AXG ) the judge’s decision Wednesday dismisses the case brought against the port, the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce.

The state Attorney General’s Office had filed a complaint, arguing that port officials should’ve reported the $45,000 they spent in public funds to challenge the constitutionality of two ballot measures as campaign expenditures. The board and chamber both spent about $10,000 in the effort.

The judge found the groups’ lawsuit challenging the validity of the measures from the group Save Tacoma Water doesn’t constitute a campaign activity, keeping them from having to file campaign finance reports.

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Information from: The News Tribune, https://www.thenewstribune.com

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