Case #30818
Respondent name: Jim Honeyford
Complainant name: Washington State Democratic Party

A complaint was filed against Jim Honeyford, an incumbent State Senator from the 14th Legislative District and a candidate seeking re-election to that office in 2014 and 2018, alleging that Senator Honeyford may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing to timely file Monetary Contributions reports (C-3 reports) and Campaign Summary Contributions and Expenditures reports (C-4 reports) disclosing contribution and expenditure activities undertaken by his Campaigns.

Staff's review found that the allegations concerning the late filed 2013 and 2014 C-3 and C-4 reports were all beyond the five-year statute of limitations for which PDC staff can take any enforcement action.  Staff also noted that the January, February and March 2014 alleged late filed C-4 reports contained no contribution and expenditure activities and were not required C-4 filings. 

Staff's review found that on September 22, 2017, the Campaign filed seven C-3 reports (one C-3 report disclosed $0 in contributions had been received) covering the period November 5, 2015 through November 9, 2016, disclosing the receipt of $5,450 in monetary contributions.  The $5,450 in contributions received were disclosed between 286 and 652 days late.  

While the $5,450 in contributions received were disclosed late by the Campaign, the information was disclosed more than one year prior to the November 5, 2018 general election date, and represented less 4.2 percent of total contributions received.  In addition, Senator Honeyford was running unopposed in 2018 and based on the information listed above,  staff has determined that in this instance, the facts do not warrant further investigation or any enforcement action. 

PDC staff reminded Senator Honeyford about the importance of filing timely and accurate C-3 and C-4 reports for all future Campaigns in accordance with PDC laws, rules and reporting requirements, and dismissed the allegations listed in the complaint in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).  

Disposition: Case Closed with Reminder (Resolved 10/07/2019)
Date opened: 02/07/2018
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.235

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