Type Complaint Opinion 
Date 1/23/2002 
Number 01-04 
Topic solicitation of lobbyists - special privileges - personal gain 
Respondent Rep. Steve Van Luven 
The respondent, without the use of state facilities, sent a campaign fundraising letter to lobbyists with a postscript that appeared on its face to be a solicitation for sports tickets.  Was this a violation of the Ethics Act?
Yes.  RCW 42.070 and 42.52.140 prohibit legislators and legislative staff from soliciting lobbyists or lobbyist-employers for tickets to events, including sporting events.  The respondent was fined.
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