The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its initial review of the Complaint filed by Carol Bates on August 15, 2018. The Complaint alleged that Jerry C Cooper may have violated RCW 42.17A.445 for unauthorized use of campaign funds for personal expenditures or contributions.
Based on our findings, staff has determined that in this instance, there is no evidence to support a finding of a material violation warranting further investigation.
PDC staff are reminding Jerry Cooper about the importance of the timely disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities, including the filing fee, and the timely filings of all future PDC reports. The current use of the scooters for campaign activities is not a violation of RCW 42.17A.445.
PDC staff have an expectation that the Jerry Cooper campaign will dispose of the scooters by the end of the election using one or more of the ways that are permitted by RCW 42.17A.430.
PDC Staff are informing Jerry Cooper that the disbursement of surplus funds is reported as an expenditure on Schedule A to the C-4 report. According to WAC 390-16-221, these disposal options also apply to the disposal of items purchased by the campaign. When campaign assets are disposed of, the Campaign must attach an explanation to the C-4 report which would include the date, item description, the name of the recipient for the assets, and the fair market value of the items.