On April 5, 2017, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint alleging that the Spokane Citizens for Political Education (Committee), a Continuing Other Political Action Committee in 2015, may have violated RCW 42.17A.220, .235 and .240 for the failure to timely deposit contributions, the failure to timely file Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure (C-4) reports, and the failure to describe a late-filed expenditure as an in-kind contribution, and RCW 42.17A.405 by making an over-limit in-kind contribution.
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements for a political committee; the applicable C-3 and C-4 reports; and the response to the allegations by the Committee treasurer, on behalf of the Spokane Citizens for Political Education.
Staff determined that the February 2015 C-4 was filed two years late. However, staff found no evidence that the $12,400 expenditure depicted on the February 2015 C-4 for professional polling services paid to EMC research on February 5. 2015 constituted an in-kind contribution to any candidate identified in the poll.
Based on the above review, staff issued a warning letter to the Committee with the expectation that the Committee will fully adhere to the statutory requirements regarding filing timely and accurate C-3 and C-4 reports in future years.
Based on this information, staff dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).Disposition: Case Closed with Written Warning (Resolved 02/03/2020)