Breaking the Law

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seattle times 2The Democrat state attorney general of Washington is suing an SEIU local for failing to report campaign contributions.

For the second time in recent weeks, the state Attorney General’s Office has filed a lawsuit against a union accused of violating state campaign-finance laws.

The office Tuesday filed the suit against SEIU 925 for allegedly failing to properly report political contributions it made to its political-action committee and others.

Filed in Thurston County Superior Court, the suit comes after the Attorney General’s Office — headed by Democrat Bob Ferguson — filed a similar complaint against SEIU 775 last month.

The Freedom Foundation, an Olympia-based think tank, filed the complaint against SEIU 925…

But the lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges that between 2011 and 2015, SEIU 925 failed to file reports for contributions totaling about $635,000. Those contributions went to the union’s political-action committee, as well as to individuals and other political committees, according to a news release from the Attorney General’s Office.

The lawsuit also alleges SEIU 925 failed to file reports for what are known as in-kind contributions — things like office space, staff time, use of telephones and other services — that it made to its political-action committee, the AG’s office says.

And the lawsuit alleges that while the political-action committee reported the contributions it received, it did not properly file reports of in-kind contributions made by the union. The suit seeks civil penalties and attorney costs.

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