The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Joe Hyer on September 26, 2018. The Complaint alleged that Andrew Saturn, a candidate for Thurston County Public Utility Commissioner in 2018, may have violated; (1) RCW 42.17A.335 by making false statements of material fact about his opponent, Linda Oosterman, a candidate for public office; and (2) RCW 42.17A.240 by failing to disclose on Summary Full Campaign Contributions and Expenditures (C-4 reports), the expenditure for the candidate filing fee and debts for advertisements appearing on Facebook.
PDC staff reviewed your allegations, the evidence provided, the C-4 reports filed by the Andrew Saturn Campaign, and the response from the Campaign.
Based on our findings, staff has determined that in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a material violation warranting further investigation. Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).
Mr. Saturn will be reminded about the importance of vetting all information used in political advertisement, naming a candidate for public office and sponsored by any future campaigns he is involved with to avoid potential violations of RCW 42.17A.335.