Case #16055
Respondent name: Lauren Berkowitz
Complainant name: Glen Morgan

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Glen Morgan on March 30, 2017. The complaint alleged that Lauren Berkowitz may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately report the date a contribution was received on a Monetary Contribution report (C-3 report); RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to register as a candidate after receiving a $500 and renewing website; RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely and accurately file C-3 reports and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) after renewing candidacy, disclosing contributions and expenditures undertaken by the Campaign, and to retain books of account for five years after the close of the 2013 election campaign; RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to check a box on the Personal Statement of Financial Affairs (F-1 report) indicating understanding of RCW 42.17A.555; and RCW 42.17A.710 for failure to disclose the names of business customers making payments of $12,000 or more on the supplement to the F-1 report, certifying financial activities for calendar year 2016. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by Lauren Berkowitz; the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent; and queried the Respondent’s data in the PDC contribution and expenditure database, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to check the box on the F-1 report acknowledging understanding of RCW 42.17A.555, does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation. 

PDC staff is reminding Lauren Berkowitz about the importance of completely and accurately disclosing the required information on the F-1 report. In the future, PDC staff expects that Lauren Berkowitz will submit fully completed forms as required by PDC statutes and rules. 

Based on this information, the PDC finds that no further action is warranted and has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

Disposition: Case Closed with Reminder (Resolved 02/25/2019)
Date opened: 03/30/2017
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.710

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