The complaint alleged that Robert Champion may have violated RCW 42.17A.235, .240, .320, .465, .555 and .700 by: (1) failing to accurately and timely file Campaign Summary Receipts and Expenditure reports (C-4), and several Monetary Contribution reports (C-3); (2) failing to properly breakdown expenses: (3) failing to include the committee address in sponsor identifications statements, (4) failing to report a loan; (5) failing to identify a lender’s occupation and employer information; (6) failing to disclose ownership of a Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) account: and (7) a prohibited use of public resources for campaign purposes.
PDC staff reviewed your allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the Nov. 8, 2017 response Robert Champion sent to the Washington State Attorney General (ATG); and the applicable PDC reports and data in the PDC contribution and expenditure database filed by Robert Champion, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.
Robert Champion made minor or ministerial errors on C-3 and C-4 reports filed for the 2017 election, including the sub-vendor breakdown and details of certain expenditures. Upon notification of these errors, Champion timely amended the reports making the necessary technical corrections.
Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file C-3 and C-4 reports and include the committee address in the Sponsor ID Statement does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.
PDC staff is reminding Robert Champion about the importance of timely and accurate disclosure of sponsor identification, campaign contribution and expenditure information, including timely and accurately filing C-3 and C-4 reports and the proper breakdown of expenditures.
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).