Case #42565
Respondent name: 45th Legislative District Democrats
Complainant name: Glen Morgan

Two complaints were  filed against the 45th Legislative District Democratic Central Committee (Committee), a bona fide legislative district political party committee registered with the PDC may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.220 by failing to timely deposit monetary contributions within five business days of receipt; and (2) RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing to timely file Monetary Contributions reports (C-3 reports) and Campaign Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) disclosing contribution and expenditure activities, including in-kind and last-minute contributions and debts, and failing to provide the sub-vendor breakdown for expenditures undertaken by the Committee.     

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, the Committee’s failure to timely file its C-3 and C-4 reports, disclosing contribution information, including in-kind and last-minute contributions, debts, and other expenditure information, including a detailed sub-vendor breakdown when applicable, does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.

However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), PDC staff issued a formal written warning to the 45th Legislative District Democratic Central Committee concerning the importance of timely and accurately filing C-3 and C-4 reports disclosing contribution and expenditure activities undertaken by the political committee as required by PDC laws and rules. This formal written warning conveys staff’s expectation that the 45th Legislative District Democratic Central Committee will fully comply with the C-3 and C-4 reporting requirements in the future as required for a registered political committee, including the reporting of debt.  The Commission will consider this formal written warning if there are any future PDC law or rule violations by the 45th Legislative District Democratic Central Committee. 

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed the two complaints you filed for PDC Cases 42565 and 16743, in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).  

Disposition: Case Closed with Written Warning (Resolved 01/28/2019)
Date opened: 11/02/2018
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240

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