Last week, the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) voted unanimously to recommend that the state Attorney General’s Office file a lawsuit against SEIU 925—the sister union on SEIU 775. A PDC investigation concluded that SEIU 925 neglected to “report more than $1 million in cash and hundreds of thousands more in donated labor, postage and other election services.”
The Attorney General’s Office filed the suit against SEIU 925 on Tuesday. The suit alleges that SEIU 925 failed to “properly report political contributions it made to its political-action committee and others.” The Seattle Times,
“[The lawsuit] alleges that between 2011 and 2015, SEIU 925 failed to file reports for contributions totaling about $635,000. Those contributions went to the union’s political-action committee, as well as to individuals and other political committees, according to a news release from the Attorney General’s Office.
“The lawsuit also alleges SEIU 925 failed to file reports for what are known as in-kind contributions — things like office space, staff time, use of telephones and other services — that it made to its political-action committee, the AG’s office says.
“And the lawsuit alleges that while the political-action committee reported the contributions it received, it did not properly file reports of in-kind contributions made by the union. The suit seeks civil penalties and attorney costs.”
The Attorney General’s lawsuit against SEIU 925 follows a previous lawsuit filed against SEIU 775. The lawsuit against SEIU 775 alleges that the union failed to report $1.4 million in cash and “enough in-kind services to bring the total in that case alone to more than $2 million.”