Ticket Number: 
28829
Complainant: 
Glen Morgan
Respondent: 
Fuse Votes
Created Date: 
January 2, 2018
Status of Investigations: 
Case Closed with Reminder
Description: 

A complaint was filed against Fuse Votes and Fuse Washington, alleging violations of : (1) of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing to timely file accurate C-3 and C-4 reports disclosing contribution and expenditure information; (2)  RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately report debts and obligations. [C-4]; (2) RCW 42.17A.205 for failing to accurately file a C-1pc report and; (3) RCW 42.17A.255 for failing to timely file C-6 reports of independent expenditures.

  • There are two political committees registered with the PDC: (1) Fuse Votes which supports candidates and makes direct candidate contributions; and (2) Fuse Voters which supports ballot measures.
  • Staff’s review revealed that many of the alleged late filed C-3 and C-4 reports, were actually amendments to the original C-4 reports which had been initially timely filed when first submitted.  The complaint failed to identify whether the alleged late filed reports were the initial or amended C-3 and C-4 reports, and which political committee filed the alleged late filed reports.  Staff’s review discovered that the allegations included reports filed by both Fuse Votes and Fuse Voters. 
  • PDC staff dismissed the allegations listed in the complaint that was based “on information and belief” in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), since the complainant failed to provide any evidence to support or substantiate those allegations. 
  • Staff found the allegations listed in the complaint about the late filed campaign finance reports, largely involved amended C-3 and C-4 reports filed by Fuse Votes and Fuse Voters, disclosing minor contribution and expenditure activities. Finally, staff found that the allegations related to the late filed C-6 reports for the Progressive Voters Guide (PVG), included a number of mitigating factors, which included Fuse followed PDC staff’s advice on how to disclose the activities, Fuse Votes is filing as a political committee and required to filieC-6 reports for IE’s of more than $100, and the number of candidates and ballot measures involved in the PVG publication. 

PDC staff found no evidence of a material violation that would require conducting a more formal investigation into your complaints or pursuing enforcement action in this instance.Based on this information, PDC staff dismissed the matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).   Staff will be contacting Fuse staff members to work on a better method to facilitate disclosure of the Progressive Voter’s Guide activities in the future and reminding Fuse to work with staff on how those activities should be properly disclosed.