The surplus funds of a candidate or a candidate's authorized committee may only be
disposed of in any one or more of the following ways:
(1) Return the surplus to a contributor in an amount not to exceed that contributor's
(2) Using surplus, reimburse the candidate for lost earnings incurred as a result
of that candidate's election campaign. Lost earnings shall be verifiable as unpaid salary or, when the candidate is not
salaried, as an amount not to exceed income received by the candidate for services
rendered during an appropriate, corresponding time period. All lost earnings incurred shall be documented and a record thereof shall be maintained
by the candidate or the candidate's authorized committee. The committee shall maintain a copy of this record in accordance with *RCW 42.17A.235(6);
(3) Transfer the surplus without limit to a political party or to a caucus political
(4) Donate the surplus to a charitable organization registered in accordance with
chapter 19.09 RCW;
(5) Transmit the surplus to the state treasurer for deposit in the general fund, the
Washington state legacy project, state library, and archives account under RCW 43.07.380, or the legislative international trade account under RCW 43.15.050, as specified by the candidate or political committee; or
(6) Hold the surplus in the depository or depositories designated in accordance with
RCW 42.17A.215 for possible use in a future election campaign for the same office last sought by
the candidate and report any such disposition in accordance with RCW 42.17A.240. If the candidate subsequently announces or publicly files for office, the appropriate
information must be reported to the commission in accordance with RCW 42.17A.205 through 42.17A.240. If a subsequent office is not sought the surplus held shall be disposed of in accordance
with the requirements of this section.
(7) Hold the surplus campaign funds in a separate account for nonreimbursed public
office-related expenses or as provided in this section, and report any such disposition
in accordance with RCW 42.17A.240. The separate account required under this subsection shall not be used for deposits
of campaign funds that are not surplus.
(8) No candidate or authorized committee may transfer funds to any other candidate
or other political committee.
The disposal of surplus funds under this section shall not be considered a contribution
for purposes of this chapter.
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