Ticket Number: 
34597
Complainant: 
Glen Morgan
Respondent: 
Tanisha Harris
Created Date: 
April 23, 2018
Status of Investigations: 
Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
Description: 

The complaint alleged that Tanisha Harris: (1) a candidate for State Representative in the 17th Legislative District in 2016; (2) a candidate for Clark County Council member in 2016; and (3) a candidate for Vancouver City Council in 2017, may have violated RCW 42.17A by failing to timely file Monetary Contributions reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) disclosing contribution and expenditure activities, make the books of account open for public inspection, include all of the required information on the Candidate Registration, and to include the sponsor identification on political advertising.

 

 

Ms. Harris registered with the PDC as a 2106 candidate for State Representative in the 17th Legislative District, she did not file a Declaration of Candidacy or pay a candidate filing fee and her name did not appear of the August 2, 2016 primary election ballot. Therefore, Ms. Harris was not required to file either a 21-Day or 7-Day Pre-Primary Election C-4 report for the State Representative Campaign.

 

The Campaign failed to timely file the 21-Day Pre-Primary Election C-4 report that was required to have been filed on July 12, 2016.  The Campaign filed the 21-Day Pre-Primary Election C-4 report on July 25, 2016, 13 days late disclosing $19,089 in contributions received and $14,398 in expenditures made.  The Campaign timely filed the 7-Day Pre-Primary Election C-4 report.  On July 26, 2016, the PDC Executive Director sent a Formal Written Warning letter to Ms. Harris concerning the late filed 21-Day Pre-Primary Election C-4 report, warning her to file all future campaign finance reports timely and accurately.

 

Concerning the Vancouver City Council Campaign in 2017, PDC staff confirmed: (1) Ms. Harris’s name did not appear on the August 1, 2017 Primary Election ballot as a candidate for Vancouver City Council; (2) she did not submit a 2017 Voter’s Pamphlet Statement; and (3) did not complete a Declaration of Candidacy or pay the candidate filing fee in 2017. Therefore, Ms. Harris was not required to file either a 21-Day or 7-Day Pre-Primary Election C-4 report for the Vancouver City Council race in 2017.

 

The PDC dismissed the allegations listed in your complaints that were based “on information and belief” in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), since you failed to provide any evidence to support or substantiate those allegations.  While the 2017 Campaign failed to timely file the two C-4 reports referenced above, those two reports only disclosed two activities, a refund and a purchase of labels for yard signs and were not required reports since Ms. Harris's name was not on the ballot.  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.