Morning Jolt: State Republican Party Fined for Campaign Finance Violations

By Afternoon Jolt August 24, 2011

An early loser today: The Washington State Republican Party

The State elections commission has fined the Washington State Republican Party $6,700 for campaign violations during the 2010 state senate elections.

The commission investigation found that the Republicans were late to report a $60,000 contribution to state senate candidate Sen. Steve Litzow (R-41, Mercer Island), who ousted Democratic incumbent Sen. Randy Gordon and late to report a nearly $10,000 contribution to state senate Republican candidate Marty McClendon, who ran a losing campaign to oust Democratic incumbent Sen. Derek Kilmer (D-26, Gig Harbor).

The GOP also was late to report a batch of contributions it received from its campaign committees totaling $378,000 as well as contributions from companies including Microsoft and Premera Blue Cross totaling over $100,000.
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