Ticket Number: 
39227
Complainant: 
Justin Riley
Respondent: 
Christopher Thobaben
Created Date: 
August 14, 2018
Status of Investigations: 
Case Closed with Reminder
Description: 

The complaint alleged that
Christopher Thobaben, a candidate for State Representative in the 18th
Legislative District in 2018, may have violated; (1) RCW 42.17A.235 and RCW 42.17A.240 by
failing to timely and accurately file Summary Full Reporting of Contribution
and Expenditure Reports (C-4 report) disclosing contribution and expenditure
activities, including in-kind contributions, debts or other obligations; and
(2) RCW 42.17A320 by failing to include the proper sponsor identification on
political advertising sponsored by his Campaign.In his response, Mr. Thobaben stated that he had
inadvertently failed to identify his participation in the August 2018 primary
election inside of his ORCA (Online Reporting of Campaign Activity) dataset and
therefore missed the deadline for July reports. In addition, he stated that he
was in transit, returning from annual training with the Marine Corps Reserve
when the filing deadline for the 21-day and 7-day pre-primary C-4 reports
passed and that the reports were filed immediately upon receiving notification
regarding the missing reports. Mr. Thobaben confirmed that the Campaign yard signs,
clothing and bumper stickers were exempt from the sponsor identification
requirements identified in WAC 390-18-030.Based on the fact that Christopher Thobaben is a
first-time candidate for public office, he has no prior PDC violations and took
quick corrective action to address the non-compliance issues identified in the complaint, the PDC has dismissed this matter in
accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). Mr. Thobaben will be reminded about the
importance of complying with the reporting requirements for a candidate
under the Full Reporting option to timely file C-3 and C-4 reports disclosing
contributions and expenditures, including in-kind contributions, debts or
other obligations, undertaken by his Campaign, in accordance with RCW 42.17A.235
and ,240 for the duration of the 2018 election cycle.