Campaign finance complaint: PAC repeatedly violated law while Executive Director was busy complaining about others

Yesterday, Walter Smith of Smith & Dietrich Law Offices PLLC notified state authorities at the Attorney General’s Office and in Thurston County of over one hundred apparent violations of Washington’s campaign finance laws committed by a political committee or “PAC,” Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights, between 2015 and the present. The information cited in our […]


Campaign finance complaint: Shell entity hid contributors to robocalls

Last year, just before the November general election, Thurston County’s race for County Board of Commissioners (District 1) was rocked by a series of dramatic news stories. First, the Olympian reported that a political committee or “PAC” conducted a series of robocalls including attack messaging against candidate Jim Cooper. The name of the PAC was […]


What you can do about campaign finance law violations

We are living in an age of great scrutiny of campaign finance issues. This is true both at the federal level (with organizations like Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington [CREW] bringing cases like the emoluments clause lawsuits against the President of the United States), and in the City of Olympia, our own backyard. […]

The difference between attorney fees and litigation costs

Smith & Dietrich Law Offices PLLC is a new firm.  One of the necessary tasks for a new law firm is to establish pricing for its legal services.  After all we are in business and need to generate a revenue stream to cover our business costs (insurance of all sorts, office space, software subscriptions, quill […]