Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: To update WAC 390-16-206 following the state supreme court ruling in San Juan County v. No New Gas Tax et al. (2007).
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 390-16-206.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 42.17.370.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 08-02-036 on December 24, 2007.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: February 28, 2008.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 86-02, filed 3/26/86)
WAC 390-16-206 Ratings and endorsements. (1) Any person making a measurable expenditure of funds to communicate a rating, evaluation, endorsement or recommendation for or against a candidate or ballot proposition ((
(other than news,
feature, or editorial comment in a regularly scheduled issue
of a printed periodical or broadcast media program))) shall
report such expenditure including all costs of preparation and
distribution in accordance with chapter 42.17 RCW (( 42.17.030
through 42.17.100)). However, rating, endorsement or
recommendation expenditures governed by the following
provisions are not reportable: The news media exemptions
provided in RCW 42.17.020 (15)(b)(iv) and (21)(c), and WAC 390-16-313 (2)(b), and the political advertising exemption in
(2) A candidate or sponsor of a ballot proposition who,
or a political committee which, is the subject of the rating,
evaluation, endorsement or recommendation shall not be
required to report such expenditure as a contribution unless
the candidate, sponsor, committee or an agent thereof advises,
counsels or otherwise encourages the person ((
to make the expenditure.
(3) A candidate who is an officer, director, employee
or owner of 10 percent or more in any entity which owns or
controls any newspaper, magazine, printed periodical, radio
station, television station or other medium of mass
communication, and who is provided feature, editorial or
advertising space or broadcast time at less than fair market
value by the medium with the intent to personally advocate
support for his candidacy or to oppose the candidacy of his
opponents, must report the fair market value of that space or
time as a contribution from the medium. The fair market value
shall be the same as that charged for an equal amount of
advertising space or time or, if there is no similar space or
time, the most expensive advertising space or time sold by the
[Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.370(1). 86-08-030 (Order 86-02), § 390-16-206, filed 3/26/86; Order 84, § 390-16-206, filed 8/18/76.]