The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by the Washington State Democrats on January 31, 2018. The complaint alleged that Cowlitz County Republicans may have violated Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to accurately and timely report contributions and committee officers, and for unauthorized expenditures.
Based on our findings, staff has determined that in this instance, failure to timely file reports of contribution activity does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation.
Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), Cowlitz County Republicans will receive a formal written warning concerning their failure to comply with the filing requirements noted above. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Cowlitz County Republicans file timely and complete reports of contributions in future years in accordance with PDC laws and rules. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.
The PDC has closed the matter,and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into the complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.Disposition: Case Closed with Written Warning (Resolved 08/28/2018)