Google, Facebook to pay $450K for Washington state violation

SEATTLE (AP) — Google and Facebook are being ordered by a Washington state judge to pay $455,000 in a campaign finance violation case.

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Tuesday that Google will pay $217,000 and Facebook will pay $238,000 in response to two lawsuits filed in June that accused the tech firms of not obeying the state law on political-ad transparency.

The companies couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

The lawsuits came after the state Public Disclosure Commission issued regulations related to a new law and passed an emergency rule that clarified that digital ad companies like Google and Facebook are subject to state law requiring them to maintain publicly available information about political ads, just like television stations and other media.