- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The state Attorney General’s Office has filed a complaint against the Freedom Foundation, alleging campaign-disclosure violations in its opposition to Initiative 1501.

The complaint filed in Thurston County Superior Court Friday alleges the group didn’t properly report money it spent while opposing the measure.

The measure on the Nov. 8 ballot was conceived by the Service Employees International Union Local 775 as part of an ongoing fight with the conservative group over access to union members’ contact information.

The Seattle Times says (https://bit.ly/2eGGDuO ) the Freedom Foundation’s Greg Overstreet blasted the complaint and vowed to fight it. He says the “contributions allegedly not reported here is under $2,000.”

The complaint comes after the state Public Disclosure Commission found that the group failed to properly disclose some staff expenses expressing the group’s opposition to I-1501.

The complaint says the group paid its staff their regular salaries while preparing and presenting a statement opposing I-1501 for the state voter’s guide.


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

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