AUTO files ethics complaint and suit in Thurston County against the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC)
On August 16, 2016, AUTO filed a civil suit in Thurston County alleging the PDC violated the Open Meeting Act and Administrative Procedures Act in an attempt to assist Attorney General Robert Ferguson and others who have been recipients of large campaign contributions from tribal governments. On the same day, AUTO filed a complaint with the Executive Ethics Board alleging the PDC used public resources (staff, equipment, facilities) in an attempt to assist Ferguson and others in the upcoming elections. To read more click here
AUTO has filed a complaint with Attorney General Robert Ferguson and King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg challenging the legality of campaign contributions Ferguson's campaign has received from tribal governments that could end the tens of millions in campaign contributions flowing out of tribal governments to those running for the Legislature and statewide offices. State law forbids candidates from taking contributions of public funds controlled by government entities. To read more, click here.
On May 12, 2015, the Washington State Supreme Court heard oral arguments in AUTO's legal challenge to the payments made tribal station operators out of the motor fuel tax account. Unfortunately, the justices on the court refused to invalidate the motor fuel compacts that has bled over $200 million dollars out of the Motor Vehicle Fund that holds the fuel taxes and license fees collected by the state. To read more click here.
The suit challenging the diversion of excise taxes collected on motor fuels to non-highway uses. (HST tax suit)
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