OLYMPIA, Wash. — Two former members of the state Legislature said Tuesday it is time for lawmakers to eliminate campaign surplus accounts, which some politicians have tapped for iPads, clothing, car repairs, tuition and alcohol.Former state Rep. Toby Nixon and former state Sen. Bill Finkbeiner said they have started working with lawmakers to close the accounts after an Associated Press story identified a variety of questionable expenditures. Finkbeiner said legislators appear to be using the surplus funds as an extra checking account.[…]Nixon, a Republican, is currently president of the Washington Coalition for Open Government, which bills itself as a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization advocating for transparency. Finkbeiner is a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.
Washington Coalition for Open Government is a member of NFOIC.–eds.