Case #41274
Respondent name: Chris Vance
Complainant name: Jared Karstetter, Jr.

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Jared Karstetter on September 8, 2018. The Complaint alleged that Chris Vance may have violated RCW 42.17A.600, .615, .255, .260 and .305 for failure to timely and accurately register as a lobbyist, report compensation and expenditures, and report independent expenditures.

Based on our findings, staff has determined that in this instance, failure to accurately file a small number of L-2 reports disclosing a small amount of personal contributions, does not amount to an actual material violation warranting further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), Chris Vance will receive a formal written warning concerning failure to timely and accurately file L-2 reports as a registered lobbyist. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Chris Vance will file timely and complete L-2 reports, including the disclosure of personal contributions made to Washington state candidates and political committees in the future as required by 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.

PDC staff reviewed the remaining allegations concerning the false statements made by Mr. Vance during sworn testimony, his failure to timely register and accurately report as a lobbyist for the King County Corrections Guild, and the disclosure of Independent Expenditures. PDC staff found no evidence to support them beyond those specifically noted above and has dismissed those allegations in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

Disposition: Case Closed with Written Warning (Resolved 12/04/2018)
Date opened: 10/03/2018
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.255, RCW 42.17A.305, RCW 42.17A.600, RCW 42.17A.260, RCW 42.17A.615

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