Washington Limits on Campaign Expenditures, Initiative 276 (1972)

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The Washington Limits on Campaign Expenditures Initiative, also known as Initiative 276, was on the November 7, 1972 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was approved. The measure required periodic reports from all groups or individuals who attempt to influence elections and limited the total amounts which may be expended in electoral campaigns.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 276 (1972)
Approveda Yes 959,143 72.02%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:[1]

An ACT relating to campaign financing, activities of lobbyists, access to public records, and financial affairs of elective officers and candidates; requiring disclosure of sources of campaign contributions, objects of campaign expenditures, and amounts thereof; limiting campaign expenditures; regulating the activities of lobbyists and requirng reports of their expenditures; restricting use of public funds to influence legislative decisions; governing access to public records; specifying the manner in which public agencies will maintain such records; requiring disclosure of elective officials' and cadidates' financial interests and activities; establising a public disclosure commission to administer the act; and providing civil penalties.[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 276 was filed on March 29, 1972 by Michael T. Hildt of Seattle. 162,710 signatures were submitted to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1972 Voters Pamphlet", accessed August 23, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Washington Secretary of State, "Initiatives to the People", accessed August 23, 2013