Ticket Number: 
39225
Complainant: 
David Johnson
Respondent: 
Daniel Franklin
Created Date: 
August 14, 2018
Status of Investigations: 
Case Closed with Reminder
Description: 

The complaint alleged that Daniel Franklin, an individual, is administrator for the website www.ikwa.info, which provides information regarding Indivisible Kirkland, may have violated RCW 42.17A by failing to: (1) register Indivisible Kirkland as a political committee within two weeks of making expenditures in any election campaign; and (2) report the website as an independent expenditure, electioneering communication, or in-kind contribution.

PDC staff has determined that in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a material violation warranting further investigation. The Indivisible Kirkland website did include information concerning the 2018 campaigns of Manka Dhingra, Patty Kuderer, and Amy Whalen for public office, however it also provided information about them as elected officials, and numerous other candidates, officials and issues at the local, state, and federal levels, and was not created solely to support those three candidates.

PDC staff is reminding Daniel Franklin/Indivisible Kirkland about the importance of sponsor identification on the website. Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).