Ticket Number: 
42112
Complainant: 
See Complaint Attachment List Below*
Respondent: 
Glen Morgan
Created Date: 
October 23, 2018
Status of Investigations: 
Assessment of Facts
Description: 

As of Wednesday, October 24, 2018, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) had received 45 complaints that were filed against four political committees recently registered with the PDC: (1) A Brighter Thurston County PAC; (2) Conscience of the Progressives PAC; (3) Real Progressives in Thurston County PAC; and (4) Send a Message PAC.  Some of the complaints contained allegations against the Campaign Manager for the committees Glen Morgan and/or Treasurer Orin Wells in their individual capacities.

 

The complaints alleged that the four political committees listed above, and/or Messrs. Morgan and/or Wells individually, produced and distributed independent expenditure (IE) political advertising in the form of direct mail pieces that violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.205 by failing to timely disclose the committee officers and other required information on the Committee Registration (C-1pc report); (2) RCW 42.17A.320 by failing to include the party preference for a candidate featured in the IE political advertisements; (3) RCW 42.17A.335 by sponsoring IE political advertising that contained either false statements of material facts, or false endorsements about a candidate, made with malice; and (4) RCW 42.17A.442 for making unauthorized contributions to another committee without first receiving contributions of ten dollars or more each from at least ten persons registered to vote in Washington State.     

 

The IE advertisements sent the message that the sponsoring political committees requested recipients to write-in the names of four individuals that included Teresa Purcell, Joe Pakootas, Nathan Schlicher, and EJ Zita in the 2018 elections, even though those individuals are not declared candidates seeking public office in 2018. 

 

Complaints filed against Real Progressives in Thurston County PAC and A Brighter Thurston County PAC

 

 

  • The complaints against Real Progressives in Thurston County PAC and A Brighter Thurston County PAC alleged violations of RCW 42.17A by sponsoring an IE advertisement in opposition to Tye Menser, a 2018 candidate for Thurston County Commissioner.  The mailer mentioned Fuse Washington (Fuse), the state's largest progressive organization (whose goals according to its website include assisting progressive candidates in getting elected to office and to “give ordinary people a strong voice in politics”) and a Fuse publication entitled Fuse WA Progressive Voters Guide. The mailer requested that voter’s write-in EJ Zita as the real Progressive candidate for County Commissioner in 2018, despite the fact Ms. Zita is not a declared candidate for public office or registered with the PDC in 2018 and is not conducting a write-in campaign.  FUSE endorsed Tye Menser for Thurston County Commissioner in 2018, and in 2017 Fuse endorsed Ms. Zita for her campaign for Port of Olympia Commissioner.   A quote on the mailer from the Fuse Progressive Voters Guide about Ms. Zita was from the 2017 election, although the mailer does not so indicate.

 

 

Complaints filed against Conscience of the Progressives PAC (Sponsored by Send a Message PAC)

 

1. Erin Frasier, a 2018 candidate for State Representative in the 19th Legislative District:  The complaints allege violations of RCW 42.17A for sponsoring an IE advertisement mailer stating that Teresa Purcell, a 2016 candidate for State Representative in the 19th Legislative District, should be written in as a 2018 candidate as the real Progressive candidate.   The mailer mentions Fuse and the Fuse WA Progressive Voters Guide

 

 

  • The mailer requested that voter’s write-in Ms. Purcell as the real Progressive candidate for State Representative in the 19th Legislative District, despite the fact Ms. Purcell is not a declared candidate for public office or registered with the PDC in 2018 and is not conducting a write-in campaign.  Fuse endorsed Erin Frasier for State Representative in the 19th Legislative District in 2018, and in 2016 Fuse endorsed Ms. Purcell for her campaign for State Representative in the 19th Legislative District.   The quote from the Progressive Voters Guide about Ms. Purcell was from the 2016 election, although the mailer does not so indicate.

 

 

2. Connie FitzPatrick, a 2018 candidate for State Representative in the 26th Legislative District: The complaints alleged violations of RCW 42.17A for sponsoring an IE advertisement mailer stating that Nathan Schlicher, a 2014 candidate for State Senator in the 26th Legislative District, should be written in as a 2018 candidate as the real Progressive candidate.  The mailer mentions Fuse and the Fuse WA Progressive Voters Guide

 

 

  • The mailer requested that voter’s write-in Dr. Schlicher as the real Progressive candidate for State Representative in the 26th Legislative District, despite the fact Dr. Schlicher is not a declared for public office or registered with the PDC in 2018 and is not conducting a write-in campaign.  Fuse endorsed Connie FitzPatrick for State Representative in the 26th Legislative District in 2018.  Fuse endorsed Dr. Schlicher for his campaign for State Senator in the 26th Legislative District in 2013, and his candidacy for State Representative in 2014.   The quote from the Progressive Voters Guide about Dr. Schlicher was from either the 2013 or 2014 election, although the mailer does not so indicate.

 

 

 

3. Jessa Lewis, a 2018 candidate for State Representative in the 6th Legislative District:  The complaints allege violations of RCW 42.17A for sponsoring an IE advertisement mailer stating that Joe Pakootas, a 2016 candidate for Congress from the 5th Congressional District, should be written in as a 2018 candidate as the real Progressive candidate.  The mailer mentions Fuse and the Fuse WA Progressive Voters Guide

 

 

  • The mailer requested that voter’s write-in Mr. Pakootas as the real Progressive candidate for State Representative in the 6th Legislative District, despite the fact Mr. Pakootas is not a declared candidate for public office or registered with the PDC in 2018 and is not conducting a write-in campaign.  Fuse endorsed Jessa Lewis for State Representative in the 6th Legislative District in 2018, and in 2016 Fuse endorsed Mr. Pakootas for his campaign for Congress in the 5th Congressional District.   The quote from the Progressive Voters Guide about Mr. Pakootas was from the 2016 election, although the mailer does not so indicate.

 

 

 

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