The complaint alleged that the Committee violated (1) RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely and accurately register as a political committee, (2) RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to report in-kind contributions from the National Rifle Association for legal challenges to Initiative 1639 (3) RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to provide in-state address for campaign book inspection and (4) RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-037 by failing to provide a detailed description of expenditures made to on Campaign Summary Receipts and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) filed on the Post-Primary Election C-4 report filed by the Committee on Sept. 7, 2018.
Allegation 1: In his response, John White stated “the Facebook post cited by the complainant was created on July 13, 2018, some two weeks after the committee filed its C1-pc.” He provided screenshots of the Facebook administrator’s page to show the dates these were posted.
Allegation 2: Mr. White stated that the litigation related to I-1639 was initiated by the National Rifle Association (NRA), and not the political committee. On Oct. 29, 2018, the Committee filed a C-3 report (Report # 100871137) disclosing the receipt of $48,885 in total contributions that included $35,819 as two refunds received on Oct. 25, 2018 from Corr Cronin, LLP for $16,261 and $19,558 for the inadvertent payment of the legal fees.
Allegation 3: State law and PDC rules require an inspection “by appointment between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the location agreed up by both the treasurer and the requester or electronically in lieu of in-person inspection.” The complaint did not indicate that a request to inspect the committee’s books of account had been made, but not kept, so this allegation is dismissed.
Allegation 4: The Committee failed to provide a detailed description of expenditures made to vendors on C-4 reports. The Washingtonians and the National Rifle Association for Freedom made a few minor errors by failing to provide the complete description for expenditures that were timely disclosed on the initial C-4 reports. The Committee timely filed amended C-4 reports disclosing the information requested by staff, correcting the filing error by making the necessary technical corrections.
Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).