Washington state seeks $100,000 from Twitter for campaign finance violations

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(Reuters) – Twitter Inc must pay $ 100,000 to Washington State’s Public Disclosure Transparency Account for multiple political campaign finance violations, State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said on Tuesday.

Twitter received nearly $ 200,000 for campaign ads from 2012 to 2019, but failed to comply with Washington state’s disclosure laws, the attorney general’s office said in a statement. (bit.ly/3nOaSkz)

The company failed to keep the required records for at least 38 Washington candidates and committees who said they paid $ 194,550 for political advertising on Twitter since 2012, according to documents filed in King County Superior Court.

“Transparency in political advertising is essential for a free and informed electorate,” Ferguson said. “Whether you are a local newspaper or a multinational social media platform, you must obey our campaign finance laws.”

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Report by Tiyashi Datta in Bengaluru; Edited by Ramakrishnan M. and Krishna Chandra Eluri

Original © Thomson Reuters Corporation

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