Seattle Tried to Reform Campaign Finance with Democracy Vouchers. It Didn’t Work for Everyone.

Despite an increase in donor participation, the new program has some big flaws.

12/19/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Morning Fizz

Washington State AG Ferguson Wins Major Campaign Finance Case Against Grocery Association

Superior court judge blasts food industry for breaking campaign finance laws, issues $18 million fine.

11/03/2016 By Josh Feit

Afternoon Jolt

Thursday Jolt: Citizens United, Prostitution, and Abortion

A survey of this week's action and nonaction in the state legislature

03/12/2015 By Josh Feit


"Hypocrisy" and "Offensive Beliefs": Charges Fly in 1st District Race

The race for northwest Washington's congressional seat gets messy.

09/09/2014 By Casey Jaywork

Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: Podlodowski "On Leave"

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring shakeup at the mayor's office?, campaign finance reform on the ballot, and a school downtown.

04/04/2014 By Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: The Problem Surfaced on the Left and the Right

Caffeinated news and gossip featuring secret donations, regulations, inaugurations, and Boeing.

01/06/2014 By Morning Fizz


Candidate Cash Flow

A guide to who's getting and spending in the Seattle mayor's race.


Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: Coming Through the August Primary

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring polling, taxing, messaging, and funding.

06/04/2013 By Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: 46th District Endorses Murray, Steinbrueck

Caffeinated News and Gossip featuring: mayor's race endorsements, city council proposals, Olympia rumors, and bikes.

05/17/2013 By Morning Fizz

City Hall

Council Members Squirrel Away Funds in Anticipation of New Campaign-Finance Restrictions

In anticipation of new restrictions on campaign fundraising, city council members squirrel away money for 2015 just before a critical deadline.

12/12/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Council Committee Passes Amended Election Reform Legislation

A city council committee passes an amended version of Mike O'Brien's campaign finance legislation.

09/19/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

"I Don't Think A Case Has Been Made for This Legislation."

City council members aren't fans of their colleague Mike O'Brien's proposed campaign-finance reforms.

09/05/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Council Members Skeptical of O'Brien's Campaign Finance Proposal

City council members take up Mike O'Brien's campaign-finance reform proposal.

08/15/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Council Committee Takes Up O'Brien's Campaign Finance Proposals

The city council takes up a proposal by council member Mike O'Brien to place time limits on fundraising and prohibit candidates from carrying surplus funds over from campaign to campaign.

08/15/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

O'Brien's Election Reforms No Sure Thing

City Council member Mike O'Brien's campaign finance reform proposal faces hurdles.

04/27/2012 By Josh Feit

City Hall

Panel Places New Restrictions on City Campaign Finance

A new interpretation of city campaign-finance law will restrict the amount candidates can raise from some donors for their reelection campaigns. Image via

04/05/2012 By Josh Feit


Campaign Finance Update

Local May campaign finance reports are rolling in.

06/08/2011 By Erica C. Barnett