An independent spending committee for the National Rifle Association is being investigated by the state Public Disclosure Commission for how it filed its campaign finance disclosure forms during the 2014 elections.
OLYMPIA — An independent spending committee for the National Rifle Association is being investigated by the state Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) over its campaign-finance disclosure filings during the 2014 elections.
The committee — the National Rifle Association of Washingtonians Opposed to I-594 — argued against the initiative ultimately approved by voters that expanded gun-purchase background checks to private transfers and sales.
During the campaign, the PDC confirmed that the local spending committee made at least five campaign-disclosure filings later than the legal requirement.
Starting in June each election year, campaigns are required to file reports for any donations by the following Monday after they are received.
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But disclosure reports filed by the NRA committee were made weeks, and in some cases more than a month, after donations were received. Those filings involved about $350,000 transferred from the NRA to its local spending committee.
All told, the late filings represented the bulk of the $486,000 raised by Washingtonians Opposed to I-594.
The money went toward producing web advertisements, printing banners and fliers, and to pay staff, according to campaign filings.
The complaint was made in mid-October 2014 and its status was upgraded to an investigation in mid-October of this year, according to Lori Anderson of the PDC.
Neither the NRA nor a representative of the independent spending committee responded immediately Friday to requests for comment.