A second unit of Service Employees International Union has settled a lawsuit by the state over campaign-disclosure omissions.
Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch approved the settlement Monday. Child-care workers’ union SEIU 925 agreed to pay $31,715 and its political committee to pay another $4,500, Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office said. Another $6,948 for the union and $1,500 for the committee will be suspended as long as the groups comply in the future.
Ferguson’s lawsuit contended the union had failed to report cash and in-kind contributions made from its treasury to its political committee. The committee reported receiving the cash but not the in-kind contributions such as union staff time, Ferguson’s office alleged.
Complaints from the conservative Freedom Foundation have prompted campaign-finance lawsuits by the Democratic attorney general against several labor groups that contribute heavily to Democrats.
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A unit of SEIU that represents home health-care workers settled last month, agreeing to pay more than $43,000 from its treasury and political committee. Ferguson is also suing the Freedom Foundation over campaign allegations.