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Charter Amendment No. 2
Amendment of Section 690 – Campaign Finance

Shall Section 690 of the King County Charter be amended to specify that timely filing of a statement of campaign receipts and expenditures with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission in accordance with chapter 42.17 RCW satisfies the filing obligations of Section 690 of the King County Charter, as provided in Ordinance No. 16885?



Section 690 of the King County Charter sets forth campaign contribution and expenditure filing requirements for candidates for county elective office. Currently, Section 690 requires the candidates to file contribution and expenditure statements with the King County elections department within ten days after an election. When filed, the statements become public records. Pursuant to state law, chapter 42.17 RCW, the same information must be filed with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission (“PDC”). The statements are posted on the PDC’s website and are publicly available.

If adopted, Charter Amendment No. 2 would eliminate the duplicative filing of campaign contribution and expenditure statements. The amendment would provide that timely filing of the statements with the PDC satisfies the filing requirements of Section 690.

This cost-saving change reduces duplication in government!

Currently candidates and political committees must file campaign-related reports and statements twice - once with the King County Office of Elections; and a second time with the Public Disclosure Commission - PDC. Under this proposed County Charter amendment, the records would only go to the PDC, saving King County taxpayers money and making our Elections Office more efficient.

Last year the State Legislature unanimously passed Senate Bill 6243 which allows counties to eliminate this duplicate paperwork and save taxpayer dollars.

With the internet being a primary source of information today, it is not necessary to have redundant sets of the data in two places. Citizens benefit from reduced costs of government and having campaign information easily available and accessible online from the Public Disclosure Commission on their home computer, at any public library or other computer.

Statement submitted by: Kathy Lambert

No statement submitted.

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Simple majority (King County Charter Section 800 and Washington Constitution Article X, Section 4)

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