Case #42394
Respondent name: Timothy Sheldon
Complainant name: Washington Senate Democratic Campaign (Samantha Kersul)

A complaint was filed with the PDC against Tim Sheldon alleging the Candidate may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 by failing to accurately disclose and describe expenditures.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response from Tim Sheldon; the applicable C-4 reports filed by the 2018 Campaign; and data in the PDC contribution and expenditure database, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

There were payments made by the Campaign to consultants, vendors, or third parties, for which a more detailed description or explanation of the goods and services provided, and a sub-vendor breakdown was required. However, the Campaign and Senator responded promptly and worked with the PDC to amend the C-4 reports disclosing the required expenditure information and assisting in resolving the complaint.  

Staff would also note that Senator Sheldon has been in public office since 1986 with no prior PDC violations and has served as his own treasurer. 

Tim Sheldon completed a Statement of Understanding (SOU), paid a $900 civil penalty in accordance with WAC 390-37-143 (Brief Enforcement Penalty Schedule), acknowledging violations of RCW 42.17A.240 for failing to timely file the three Pre-Election C-4 reports listed above.  The $900 penalty assessed in this matter resolves the allegations listed in your complaint concerning amending C-4 reports to disclose the required expenditure details and information. 

Based on the above findings and the SOU, staff has determined that, in this instance, this matter does not warrant further investigation.  The PDC finds that no further action is warranted and has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

Disposition: Resolved through Statement of Understanding (Resolved 05/13/2019)
Date opened: 10/30/2018
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240

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