PDC News
December 6, 2012Volume 12 Issue No 10

Amit Ranade, Chair
Barry Sehlin, Vice Chair
Jim Clements, Member
Grant Degginger, Member
Kathy Turner, Member

Farewell to Jim Clements as his term ends on December 31 and welcome to newly appointed Kathy Turner.

 

Enforcement

 

The Commission reviewed a 45-day citizen action letter alleging that 2012 State Representative Troy Kelley failed to disclose his ownership interest in certain business entitles on the Personal Financial Disclosure Statements he filed for calendar years 2008 through 2011.  During a brief hearing held before the start of the Commission meeting, Representative Kelley was found to have violated the disclosure requirement and assessed a $200 penalty of which $100 was suspended with terms.  The Commission considered the brief hearing results adequate and dismissed any remaining allegations.  Furthermore, the Commission will recommend that the Attorney General and Prosecuting Attorney take no further action.

 

All allegations submitted through a 45-day citizen action letter that 2012 State Auditor candidate James Watkins failed to accurately report income and investments on his Personal Financial Affairs Statement were dismissed and the Commission will recommend that the Attorney General and Prosecuting Attorney take no further action.

 

The Commission accepted a stipulation from the 45th Legislative District Democratic Central Committee that the committee failed to timely report its contributions and expenditures for the 2012 election cycle.  The Commission assessed a $2,500 penalty for the stipulated violations and suspended $1,250 with terms.  Other allegations raised in a 45-day citizen action letter dismissed and the Commission will recommend that the Attorney General and Prosecuting Attorney take no further action

 

Rule Making

 

Draft language for new enforcement rule, WAC 390-37-182 Penalty Factors was approved.  The proposal, which sets out possible factors the Commission will consider with assessing penalties in enforcement cases, will be scheduled for public hearing at the January 2013 Commission meeting.

 

Advisory Matters

 

Discussion regarding evolving technology and campaigns continued from October 2012 meeting.  Commissioners were briefed on comments received at a December 4, 2012 stakeholder meeting and representatives from CTIA – the Wireless Association, T-Mobile, and the California Fair Political Practices Commission provided additional comments regarding their experiences with evolving technology and the 2012 campaign cycle.  The Commission asked staff to monitor developments and schedule more discussion at a future meeting.

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 January 24, 2013.