Seattle Citizens Against the Tunnel (SCAT), the group that's collecting signatures for an initiative to stop the deep-bore tunnel, has finally filed its required public-disclosure documents with the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, after a delay of several weeks. As we reported last week, the group missed its August 13 deadline to file as a political committee, arguing that they did not have to file until the city council actually puts its anti-tunnel measure on the ballot---in other words, several months from now, if at all.

In an email, city ethics director Wayne Barnett told SCAT founder Elizabeth Campbell that she had to file when "you have the expectation of raising or spending money to support or oppose a ballot measure."
You’ve filed a ballot measure with the City Clerk, so your filing obligation ripened when you had the expectation of raising or spending money to support your effort.  And it’s my understanding – can’t remember if I read it or heard it – that you not only expect to raise money, but have in fact already received $10,000 to support your work on that ballot measure.  So at the very latest, you had two weeks from the time that $10,000 was received to file.

In response, Campbell argued that SCAT's potential ballot measure is merely "prospective" until the group gathers enough signatures and the city council puts it on the ballot. Barnett responded that SCAT's initiative is "neither more nor less prospective than Jean Godden’s reelection campaign," which is already filing reports with the commission.

According to the group's disclosure reports, SCAT has raised $10,999 so far.