The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Andrew Saturn on July 12, 2017. The complaint alleged that Sheley Secrest, a 2017 candidate for Seattle City Council may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately and completely disclose the value of a mailing list in expenditure details for B&B Consulting.
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by Sheley Secrest; 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 break out and itemize the value of a mailing list created by the campaign’s consultant does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.
PDC staff is reminding Sheley Secrest about the importance of the complete and accurate disclosure of all expenditure details, including the intrinsic value of networking data provided by consultants. In the future, PDC staff expects that Sheley Secrest will provide detailed break downs of expenditures in accordance with PDC laws 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).