Type Advisory Opinion 
Date 8/17/2006 
Number 06-01 
Topic Public Resources - Advocacy on behalf of 3rd parties 
Respondent  
Issue/Question
When may public resources or the office of a legislator  be utilized to assist a third party in a legislative and/or advocacy context?
Summary
When a legislator becomes an advocate for a constitutent, public resources and the office of the legislator may be used on behalf of tht constituent if a government official or government office is involved or if the constituent is seeking assistance on legislative issues.  If either of these two conditions is met, there is a sufficient and tangible legislative nexus to conclude that the advocacy is within the scope of a legislator's employment and/or within his or her official duties.  RCW 42.52.070; RCW 42.52.160
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