Public Disclosure Commission

711 Capital Way, Room 206 | Olympia, Washington 98504

Note: All times shown for consideration of agenda items (other than time of convening) are approximate and may vary, depending on the amount of discussion required for each.

9:30 AM - I. Citizen Comments/Concerns | Commissioner Comments/Concerns | Minutes

Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of September 26, 2013

Presenter - Chair Ranade

9:35 AM - IV. FY13 Annual Report Presentation

FY13 Annual Report Presentation

Presenter - Lori Anderson; Jana Greer

9:45 AM - V. Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

Review and possible adoption of 2013-15 Strategic Plan

Presenter - Andrea McNamara Doyle

9:55 AM - VI. Role of Commission/Commissioners/Executive Director

Role of Commission/Commissioners/Executive Director

Presenters - Andrea McNamara Doyle; Nancy Krier

10:15 AM - VII. Legislative/Budget


  • Draft Legislative Principles
  • Supplemental Budget Requests

Presenter - Andrea McNamara Doyle

10:25 AM - VIII. Reporting Modification


  • Don Benton, State Senator, 17th Legislative District

Presenter - Jennifer Hansen

10:40 AM - IX. COGEL

Presenter - Andrea McNamara Doyle

10:45 AM - Break
10:55 AM - X. Rulemaking
11:35 AM - XI. Social Media - Continued from Retreat
11:55 AM - Executive Session/Working Lunch

Discussion of pending and potential litigation with legal counsel. Possible action regarding litigation following the executive session.

1:00 PM - XII. Enforcement
  1. Review/Reconsideration by full Commission of brief enforcement hearing orders (continued from September 26, 2013):
  1. Reports to Commission
  • American Civil Liberties Union, et al., (45-Day Citizen Action Letter) Case No. 13-019, involving alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205, 42.17A.235, and 42.17A.240 by failing to register and file the required contribution and expenditure reports with the PDC as a political committee in support of I-502, a statewide initiative on the November 6, 2012 general election ballot.
  • Michael King, Senate Democratic Campaign Committee (SDCC), and The Roosevelt Fund, Case No. 13-023, involving alleged violations by:
    • Mr. King of RCW 42.17A.435 by concealing the true nature of committee expenditures, and RCW 42.17A.445 by converting committee funds to his personal use and;
    • Alleged violations by the SDCC and The Roosevelt Fund of RCW 42.17A.240 by filing inaccurate C-4 reports of campaign expenditures.

Presenters - Phil Stutzman; Kurt Young

1:40 PM - XIII. Staff Reports
  • Executive Director
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • General Counsel

Presenters - Andrea McNamara Doyle; Michael Smith; Nancy Krier

2:30 PM - Adjourn

The Commission may deliberate in closed session on any enforcement matter on this agenda, or any matters listed in RCW 42.30.140.


Meeting Summary

October 24, 2013,Volume 13 Issue No 10

Amit Ranade, Chair

Grant Degginger, Vice Chair

Barry Sehlin, Member

Kathy Turner, Member

Staff reported on its investigation of allegations of concealment and personal use of contributions by Michael King and the related allegations that the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee and the Roosevelt Fund filed inaccurate disclosure reports.  After being briefed on King County’s investigation and subsequent criminal prosecution of Michael King, the Commission accepted the staff’s investigation as complete and ordered no further action on the grounds that resolution of the criminal matter adequately addresses the violations that the Commission would be pursuing.  The Commission also elected to take no further action regarding the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee or the Roosevelt Fund, provided that the parties timely file amended reports.

The Commission dismissed allegations made in a citizen action (45-day letter) that ACLU National, ACLU Washington, ACLU Washington Foundation and ACLU Washington Endowment are political committees required to register and report to the Public Disclosure Commission.  The Commission recommends that the Attorney General and county prosecuting attorneys take no further action. on the 45-day letter.

Rule Making

The Commission discussed how lobbyists disclosure entertainment expenditures and potential rule making to adjust lobbyist disclosure thresholds.  Staff was directed to solicit stakeholder comments and report back to the Commission at a future meeting.

Reporting Modifications

The Commission granted a new Personal Financial Statement (F-1) reporting modification to Senator Don Benton, 17th Legislative Dist., from disclosing business customers that paid $10,000 or more to National Advertising Consultants, Inc., or more commonly the Benton Group for 2013 and retroactively the previous four years, conditioned upon Senator Benton’s disclosing (1) all customers identified on his company’s website and in promotional materials and (2) any Washington customers that paid $10,000 or more.

The Commission meeting materials can be found at 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

The next regular meeting of the Public Disclosure Commission is tentatively scheduled for December 5, 2013.

Meeting Minutes