OLYMPIA — The Freedom Foundation, a conservative organization that has filed two campaign-finance complaints against labor unions that recently became lawsuits, is now itself the subject of a similar lawsuit.
On Wednesday, the state Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court alleging that the Freedom Foundation violated campaign- finance reporting laws regarding a series of attempted city ballot propositions in Sequim, Chelan and Shelton.
An investigation found most of the allegations made against the Freedom Foundation didn’t break state law, according to a statement by the office.
But the Freedom Foundation allegedly violated campaign law by not reporting that its staff helped out with lawsuits later initiated by activists of unsuccessful local ballot propositions, according to the complaint.
Those ballot measures — two in each city intended to weaken collective-bargaining powers and open bargaining sessions to the public — were created in 2014 by Freedom Foundation staff and posted on the organization’s website for activists to use.