Case #16475
Respondent name: 17th Legislative District Democratic Central Committee
Complainant name: Glen Morgan

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Glen Morgan on April 7, 2017. The complaint alleged that the 17th Legislative District Democrats, a bona fide legislative district party committee, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.220 for failure to deposit monetary contributions within five business days of receipt; (2) RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to accurately and completely disclose committee officers on the Committee Registration (C-1pc report); (3) RCW 42.17A.425 for allowing persons not identified as committee officers on the C-1pc to authorize expenditures; and (4) RCW 42.17A.265 for failure to file special reports or last minute contribution reports (LMC reports), within twenty-four hours, disclosing contributions of $1,000 or more in the aggregate made to candidates within 21-days of the 2016 general election.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the 17th Legislative District Democrats; 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 these findings, staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely amend the committee registration to include a committee officer and failure to timely and accurately disclose a small number of contributions on a last minute contribution report, does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.

PDC staff reminded the 17th Legislative District Democrats about the importance of the timely and accurate disclosure of all contributions and expenditure activities, the timely deposit of monetary contributions within five (5) business days of receipt, and the timely filing of the C-1pc disclosing material changes in future calendar years in accordance with the 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 05/17/2019)
Date opened: 04/10/2017
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.265, RCW 42.17A.425

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