Podcasts & RSS Feeds
Most Active Stories
- Grieving Widow Helps Spearhead First-Of-Its-Kind State Law On Suicide Prevention
- Central Wash. Home To Nation's Biggest Bitcoin Mine, More Coming
- Everything You Need To Know About Woodland Park Zoo's Precious Doo
- Seattle-Area Skygazers May See Glimpse Of 'Blood Moon' — If They're Persistent
- TurboTax Offers Taxpayers Option Of Getting Refund In Amazon Gift Card
News & Music Contributors
Tue September 4, 2012
Ex-lawmakers want to eliminate surplus campaign accounts
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Two former members of the state Legislature say it is time for lawmakers to eliminate campaign surplus accounts.
Former state Rep. Toby Nixon and former state Sen. Bill Finkbeiner said Tuesday the accounts are being misused. They are working to build support among lawmakers to eliminate the accounts after an Associated Press story found that some politicians had spent excess money on iPads, clothing, car repairs tuition and alcohol.
Nixon is currently president of the Washington Coalition for Open Government. Finkbeiner is a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.
State law currently allows politicians to use their surplus accounts for "office-related expenses." Nixon and Finkbeiner say that is too broad. They propose the elimination of the accounts and would allow politicians to either return excess money to contributors or to save it for future elections.