PDC News
June 28, 2012Volume 12 Issue No 6

Jennifer Joly, Chair
Barry Sehlin, Vice Chair
Jim Clements, Member
Amit Ranade, Member

Enforcement

 

Gil Mendoza, former superintendent of the Sumner School District, appeared before the Commission to respond to charges that he did not timely report an independent expenditure of $8,168 made to produce and distribute a mailer supporting 2011 general election candidates for the Sumner School Board.  Mr. Mendoza was also charged with failing to include the proper sponsor ID on the mailer and concealing his identity as the source of the independent expenditure.  In lieu of an enforcement hearing, Mr. Mendoza stipulated to violations and agreed to a $4,500 penalty, $2,500 of which was suspended on the condition that there are no further violations in the next four years and the non-suspended $2,000 penalty is paid within 2 weeks of the entry of the order.

 

Rule Making

 

The Commission approved an emergency amendment to WAC 390-18-010 necessary to implement HB 2499 (new disclosure requirements for political advertising concerning ballot measures).

 

The Commission continued their discussion and review of the agency’s public records rules.

 

Advisory Matters

 

New Interpretation No. 12-01 In-kind loans, pledges, and disclosure of contributions on 21- and 7-Day pre-election reports was adopted to provide guidance and answer questions frequently asked by campaigns and others who must comply with campaign finance disclosure requirements.

 

Interpretation No. 00-03 Use of judicial robes and courtrooms by district and municipal court judges, was revised to address statutory and rule changes enacted since the interpretation was adopted and to improve clarity.

 

The Commission began reviewing existing interpretations regarding evolving technology used by campaigns.  The discussion will continue at the August 2012 meeting.

 

Reporting Modifications

 

Personal Financial Statement (F-1) reporting modifications were granted to:

 

·         Drew Hansen, State Representative, 23rd Legislative District, from disclosing the reportable business customers of Susman Godfrey LLP, a law firm;

·         Leslie Mills, Kitsap County Superior Court Judge, from disclosing a street address or other physical location information for her personal residence and two other real properties that she owns;

·         Lewis Edelheit, Trustee, Life Sciences Discovery Fund, from disclosing the 1) reportable business customers for Talyst Corporation and Hubspan Corporation and 2) the reportable business and other government customers of Virginia Mason Health Systems; and

·         John Braun, candidate, State Senator, 20th Legislative District, from disclosing the reportable business customers of Braun Northwest, Inc. that have not been made public on the corporation’s website.  A reporting modification to not disclose governmental customers was denied.

 

Reporting modifications were renewed for:

·         Andrea Darvas, King County Superior Court Judge, and

·         Theresa Doyle, Pierce County Superior Court Judge.

 


The Commission meeting materials can be found at www.pdc.wa.gov under Commission Meetings. For additional information concerning these issues contact Lori Anderson, Communications & Training Officer, at (360) 664-2737, toll free 1-877-601-2828 or e-mail at landerson@pdc.wa.gov.


The next regular meeting of the Public Disclosure Commission is tentatively scheduled for July 26, 2012.