Ticket Number: 
2332
Complainant: 
Steven Van Denover
Respondent: 
35th Legislative District Republican Central committee, Josiah Rowell and Fiona Klaus
Created Date: 
January 22, 2016
Status of Investigations: 
Violation
Description: 

The complaint alleges earmarking of campaign contributions.  An enforcement hearing was held before the Full Commission on July 28, 2016, in which the Commission accepted a Stipulation to Facts, Violations and Penalties from the 35th Legislative District Republican Central Committee (35th LD Republican CC), Josiah Rowell, a 2014 candidate for State Representative in the 35th Legislative District, and Fiona Klaus, mother in-law to Mr. Rowell and a contributor to the 35th LD Republican CC as follows:

Respondent #1: 35th LD Republican CC violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.435 by concealing a contribution made by Ms. Fiona Klaus, earmarked for her son-in-law, Josiah Rowell, a candidate for State Representative in the 35th Legislative District; and (2) RCW 42.17A.270 by failing to appropriately process and report an earmarked contribution.  The 35th LD Republican CC is assessed a civil penalty of $5,000 of which $2,500 is suspended as detailed in the Order.

Respondent #2: Josiah Rowell violated:(1) RCW 42.17A.240 by failing to report a $5,000 contribution from Ms. Klaus earmarked through the 35th LD Republican CC to Mr. Rowell’s campaign; (2) RCW 42.17A.405 by accepting an over-limit contribution of $5,000 that came from Ms. Klaus, his mother-in-law, to be used by his campaign; and (3) WAC 390-16-308 by failing to identify the actual source of funds for which the contribution was made to his campaign.  Mr. Rowell was assessed a civil penalty of $2,000, which is payable within 30 days of the date of the order.

Respondent #3: Fiona Klaus violated RCW 42.17A.405 by making a $5,000 monetary contribution to the 35th LD Republican CC which she specifically earmarked for her son in law, Mr. Rowell, and the contribution exceeded the contribution limits for a state legislative office candidate. Ms. Klaus was assessed a civil penalty of $500, which is payable within 30 days of the date of the order.

Penalty Amount: 
$7,500.00
Penalty Amt. Suspended: 
$2,500.00
Penalty Description / Notes(s): 
Respondent #1: 35th LD Republican CC ($2,500 payable with in 180 days from Aug 2, 2016 in Five Monthly Installments). Sent to Alliance One 06/16/17 for Collections Respondent #2: Josiah Rowell ($2,000 payable within 30 days of the Order date).Paid on 08/22/16 $2000.00 Respondent #3: Fiona Klaus ($500 payable within 30 days of the Order date). - Paid on 08/18/16 $500.00
Penalty Payment(s): 
Date: 
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Amount: 
$500.00
Date: 
Monday, August 22, 2016
Amount: 
$2000.00