Two Senate bills target Washington AGO’s use of lawsuit settlement money

(The Center Square) – Two bills filed in the Washington State Legislature take aim at Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s use of recent lawsuit settlement money to send out checks to hundreds of thousands of state residents.

Last month, the AGO sent out $40 million worth of checks in the amounts of $50 and $120 to state residents considered “low-income” derived from a lawsuit settlement against chicken and tune companies that had engaged in price-fixing. However, many of the checks ended up mailed to residents who are not low-income, wrongly addressed, or to people who are deceased.

Yet, the biggest complaint among critics of the checks, which were signed by Ferguson and included a personal message touting his office’s successes, is that it was an inappropriate use of public money at a time when he is actively campaigning to be Washington’s next governor. 

While the State Auditor’s Office concluded that the checks did
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