Case #35179
Respondent name: Tveit, Gina
Complainant name: Michael Clay

A complaint was filed in May of 2014 against Gina Tveit, an incumbent Stevens County District Court Judge, and a candidate for re-election to that office in 2014.  An enforcement hearing was held before the Commission on October 22, 2015, in which the Commission accepted a partial Stipulation to Facts, and concluded that Ms. Tveit violated RCW 42.17A.235 and RCW 42.17A.240 by: (1) failing to timely file her June 2014 C-4 Summary, Full Report of Contributions and Expenditures, with expenditures totaling $6,551 (32 days late); (2) failing to timely file a C-3 Monetary Contributions report disclosing a $24,791 contribution from the candidate (119 days late); (3) failing to timely file C-4 reports disclosing $24,791 in expenditures (54—97 days late); (4) failing to timely file a C-4 report disclosing the $4,500 in-kind contribution from Mr. Ghramm and a $2,600 debt owed to Mr. Ghramm to repay the over-limit portion of his in-kind contribution (nearly a year late); and (5) failing to disclose orders placed totaling $22,113 on the C-4 report.

The Commission assessed Ms. Tveit a civil penalty of $4,500. Of the total penalty amount, $1,500 was suspended based on the following conditions: (a) Ms. Tveit files her 2014 contribution and expenditure reports electronically within 30 days of the date of the final order; (b) Ms. Tveit commits no violations of RCW 42.17A within four years of the date of the final order in this matter; and (c) Ms. Tveit pays the non-suspended portion of the penalty ($3,000) within 30 days of the date of the final order.

Disposition: Violation Found by Commission (Resolved 05/10/2018)
Date opened: 05/08/2018
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240

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