Ticket Number: 
40884
Complainant: 
Kaylee Pigott
Respondent: 
Secure School Choice for Washington
Created Date: 
September 21, 2018
Status of Investigations: 
Case Closed with Reminder
Description: 

The complaint alleged Secure School Choice for Washington violated (1) RCW 42.17A.205 by failing to timely file a Committee Registration (C-1pc report) registering with the PDC as a political committee within two weeks of making an expenditure in any election campaign; (2) RCW 42.17A.240(2) for failing to properly disclose contributions received from contributors on Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports); and (3) RCW 42.17A.320 for failing to identify the complete sponsor identification on political advertisements sponsored by the Committee.

The Committee was merely posting information on its Facebook page, or merely reposting posts from other sites on its Facebook page. The contents posted on the Committee’s Facebook page did not require an expenditure of funds to distribute the information and did not meet the definition of a contribution in accordance with RCW 42.17A.005.  Therefore, the Committee did not have a reporting obligation.

Mr. Miller acknowledged that the Committee filed several C-3 reports that failed to include the complete address information as required for contributors. On Nov. 9, 2018, the Committee filed four amended C-3 reports for deposits made April 10, April 30 and May 14, 2018, to include the complete address for several contributors. Mr. Miller indicated he continues to try and reach donors to gather employer information.

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1) and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into the complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.

PDC staff is reminding Secure School Choice for Washington and Tyler Miller about the importance of filing timely and accurately C-3 reports and C-4 reports in accordance with PDC laws, including complete contributor information, and the political advertising requirements, including the importance of clearly identifying sponsorship information on all forms of advertising, including social media advertising.