State PDC allows supermajority vote campaign to proceed
The committee backing a ballot initiative to make it harder to increase taxes in Yakima is back on track after the state’s campaign finance watchdog agency ruled that while it had broken fundraising limits, it had acted in the spirit of transparency.
During a hearing Tuesday in Olympia, the state Public Disclosure Commission issued a $500 fine for the violation and approved the committee’s request to change its reporting status from mini to full reporting, allowing it to raise much more money but also requiring filing regular fundraising and spending reports.
In its decisions, the commission followed its staff’s recommendations, which had been endorsed by top members of the committee, Citizens for Two-Thirds, prior to the hearing.
“We admitted we screwed up, and they admitted it was not done intentionally,” said Bruce Smith, the committee’s secretary and publisher of the Yakima Valley Business Times.