|July 24, 2014||Volume 14 Issue No 7|
Grant Degginger, Chair
Katrina Asay, Vice Chair
Amit Ranade, Member
Kathy Turner, Member
Commission dismissed allegations that the District and Municipal Court
Judge’s Association (DMCJA); Sam Meyer; Brett Buckley; and Thurston
County failed to disclose lobbying activities.
a citizen action letter filed with the Attorney General and Thurston County
Prosecutor in May 2014, Arthur West alleged that Thurston County District Court
Judges Meyer and Buckley lobbied on behalf of the District Court Judges
Association during the 2012 and 2013 legislative sessions without disclosing
their activities. The Attorney General
referred the allegations to the PDC for investigation.
staff investigated the allegations and found
that the District Court Judges Association properly disclosed its lobbying
activities in 2012 and 2013 and that Judges Meyer and Buckley did not have a
Commission will notify the Attorney General and Thurston County Prosecutor that
it has dismissed the allegations and recommend that neither take further enforcement
Adjustments to Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1) dollar amounts.
making for inflationary adjustments to the personal financial disclosure dollar
amounts and Codes A – E dollar ranges continued and the Commission approved draft
language to adjust corresponding dollar amounts in WACs 390-20-110 Forms for
lobbyist employers (PDC Form L-3) and 390-16-071 Mjaor Contributors and people
making independent expenditures (PDC Form C-7).
The Commission also reviewed draft language approved in 2012 to convert
Interpretation 91-01 to rule. The
interpretation defines “officer” as it relates to the F-1. A public hearing will be scheduled for the
September meeting to consider adopting the inflationary adjustments and
definition of “officer.”
Disclosure – Alternative Method for Reporting Receptions.
Commission resumed discussing alternative methods for disclosing legislation
receptions. The discussion and
stakeholdlers’ comments focused on what would qualify as a “reception,” such as
invitation, attendance, and location requirements. The discussion will continue at a future meeting.
draft interpretation regarding campaign loans was reviewed. The Commission directed staff to revise the portion
that covers corrections when loans are mistakenly reported as contributions for
which repayment is not expected. The Commission
will likely adopt the revised draft at its September 2014 meeting.
The Commission granted
new Personal Financial Statement (F-1) reporting modifications that exempt:
- Ray Lutes, District
Court Judge, Asotin County, from
disclosing his personal residential address information on his F-1 report for
2013. A retroactive exemption was also granted that relieves him from
disclosing real estate, including street address, parcel number, or legal
description, for property previously listed on F-1 and F-1A reports for
calendar years 2003 to 2012.
- Wm. Allan White,
Commissioner, Grant County Hospital District 1, from disclosing the business customers that paid $10,000 or more to
Western Polymer Corporation during the 12 months prior to his appointment, as
well as during calendar years 2010 to 2013.
- John Hein, Director,
Cle Elum/Roselyn School District
from disclosing the business customers that paid $10,000 or more to Shoemaker
Manufacturing during the 12 months prior to his becoming a candidate, as well
as calendar year 2013,.
- Gretchen Adams,
Trustee, Tacoma Community College
from disclosing the business customers that paid $10,000 or more to Systems
Consulting, LLC during the 12 months prior to her appointment, as well as
calendar year 2013.
- Raymond Lawton,
Member, Student Achievement Council, from disclosing the business customers that paid $10,000 or more to
Rumpeltes & Lawton, LLC during the 12 months prior to his appointment, as
well as calendar years 2012 and 2013.
- Judith Hightower, Municipal
Court Judge, City of Seattle, from
disclosing her personal address and identifying information for her residence
on her F-1 report for calendar years 1997 to 2013. The
Commission denied Judge Hightower’s request to not disclose financial information of her
spouse, Lamar Mills, Jr., on her F-1 report for 2013.
The Commission renewed,
with no change, a Personal Financial Statement (F-1) reporting
- Steven O’Ban, State Senator, 28th Legislative
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next regular meeting of the Public Disclosure Commission is tentatively scheduled for August 21, 2014.