Case #40597
Respondent name: Martin McClendon
Complainant name: Washington Senate Democratic Campaign

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its initial review of the complaint filed by Samantha Kersul on September 12, 2018. The Complaint alleged that Friends of Marty McClendon may have violated RCW 42.17A.405 for accepting over-limit contributions from Senate Republican Campaign Committee (SRCC).

Based on our findings, staff has determined that in this instance, while the contribution limits from the SRCC were exceeded after the 2018 primary election, the Campaign promptly refunded the over-limit contribution on September 14, 2018, and filed an amended C-3 report that same day.  In addition, staff's review of the C-4 reports filed by the Campaign found that the $3,595.11 in over-limit contributions received from the SRCC were not spent by the Campaign, and therefore did not amount to an actual material violation warranting further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), Friends of Marty McClendon will receive a formal written warning concerning accepting over-limit contributions. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Friends of Marty McClendon properly monitor incoming contributions to stay within the limits of the law. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.

Disposition: Case Closed with Written Warning (Resolved 11/29/2018)
Date opened: 09/14/2018
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.405

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