Case #42558
Respondent name: Spokane County Democratic Central Committee
Complainant name: Glen Morgan

Two complaints were filed against the Spokane County Democratic Central Committee (Committee), a bona fide county political party organization registered with the PDC for PDC Case 42558 and PDC Case 22310.  The complaints alleged that the Committee may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing to timely file Monetary Contributions reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) disclosing contribution and expenditure activities, including debts and outstanding obligations for legal services and the sub-vendor breakdown for expenditures made to a third party or as a reimbursement to an official.

PDC staff found no evidence of a material violation that would require conducting a more formal investigation of the two complaints or pursuing enforcement action in this instance.  The allegations concerning the late reporting of legal services and reimbursements owed to Committee officials for out-of-pocket expenditures to pay for an out-of-state speaker to attend a fundraiser, were rare and unique activities that the Committee had not previously experienced or been involved with. The Committee has established a Financial Oversight Committee and adopted internal controls to assist them in ensuring compliance wit the reporting requirements.  Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the Spokane County Democratic Central Committee has been formally warned concerning their failure to timely file Monetary Contributions reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports).

Disposition: Case Closed with Written Warning (Resolved 12/21/2018)
Date opened: 11/02/2018
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.235

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