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posted Friday, December 5, 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 49
Anne Levinson named to PDC
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Anne Levinson named to PDC

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Anne Levinson to the state's Public Disclosure Commission (PDC). The PDC is in charge of enforcing campaign finance laws.

'Ensuring that the letter and the spirit of the State's disclosure laws are fully met is critically important to maintaining public trust in the integrity of the electoral and governing processes,' she wrote in her application for the position.

'The continually increasing influence of money and special interests in campaigns and governance makes our state's requirements for transparent and understandable reporting, public access to government records, disclosure of elected officials' sources of income and interactions with lobbyists as important today as they have ever been.'

Levinson is currently Auditor of the Seattle Police Department's Office of Professional Accountability (OPA), charged with overseeing discipline of SPD officers.

She is also an attorney and was previously a Municipal Court judge in Seattle, Deputy Mayor to Mayor Norm Rice, as well as a part-owner of the Seattle Storm women's basketball team until 2010.

Levinson also made her mark as an activist, chairing the 2012 Approve R-74 campaign to retain the state's Marriage Equality Act, and also chairing the 2009 R-71 effort to keep newly passed domestic partnership rights.

Levinson will join the commission January 1 and succeed Commissioner Kathy Turner who is stepping down. She will not need to give up her other responsibilities, since PDC commissioners are not full-time state employees. Commissioners earn $100 per day for any day they work, plus travel expenses.

Also appointed to the PDC in Inslee's December 2 announcement was attorney John Bridges, perhaps best known as the Chelan County Superior Court judge who adjudicated Democrat Christine Gregoire's 128-vote margin of victory in the 2004 gubernatorial race.

Inslee's staff said he took more than a year to make the selections because he wanted to be sure he was making the right picks.

'The governor preferred to take time to appoint the right people,' Inslee spokesperson Jaime Smith told the Everett Herald newspaper. 'He was looking for appointees who bring a strong commitment to fairness and integrity. And, quite frankly, it can be hard to find people willing to serve in a role that is so often politicized.'

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