Dear Fred R. Brown III:
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Fred Brown III on July 2, 2018. The complaint alleged that Kate Patterson Manke may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 for using social media to support a political committee during public agency staff hours.
Based on our findings, staff has determined that in this instance regarding the use of public facilities to support a political campaign, no evidence supports a finding of a material violation warranting further investigation.
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 No Evidence of Violations (Resolved 09/10/2018)