The complaints alleged that the 37th Legislative District Democratic Central Committee (Committee) may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to accurately and timely file Monetary Contributions reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports); (2) RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to properly report expenditures and debts on C-4 reports, including the failure to provide proper expenditure descriptions; and (3) RCW 42.17A.220 for accepting anonymous contributions in excess of the allowable limit without forfeiting the excess amount to the State of Washington.
The Committee reported a November 27, 2017 expenditure to the State of Washington for $358.51 for Contribution to the General Fund per RCW 42.17A.220(4).
Staff has determined that in this instance, the failure to timely and accurately file reports of contributions and expenditures and disclose debts and obligations does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.
However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 37th Legislative District Democrats will receive a formal written warning concerning the Committee’s failure to comply with filing requirements as noted in this letter.
The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that the 37th Legislative District Democrats timely file all future required reports of contributions and expenditures and disclose debts and obligations. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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 Written Warning (Resolved 05/17/2019)