Case #42715
Respondent name: Sheryl Miller
Complainant name: Norm Smith

The complaint alleged that Sheryl Miller violated RCW 42.17A.320 by failing to list the complete sponsor identification, including the sponsor's address and the words “Paid for” or “Sponsored by”, and by failing to identify your party affiliation or preference on political advertising sponsored by her campaign. 

The photographs provided as part of the complaint feature Miller’s campaign signs that failed to comply with the political advertising statutes and PDC rules for a candidate.

Based on these findings and the fact Sheryl Miller is a first-time candidate and was not elected to the Pend Oreille County Commission, staff determined that in this instance, the failure to include the complete sponsor identification and her party affiliation or preference on political advertising she sponsored does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation.  

Pursuant to WAC to WAC 390-37-060(1) Sheryl Miller received a formal written warning concerning the failure to comply with the requirements to include her party preference and the complete sponsor identification on political advertising sponsored by her 2018 campaign in accordance with PDC statute and rules.

The formal written warning includes staff's expectation that Sheryl Miller clearly identify her party preference and list the complete sponsor identification on all political advertising sponsored by her campaign in future years in accordance with PDC laws and rules. The Commission will consider this formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

Disposition: Case Closed with Written Warning (Resolved 01/22/2019)
Date opened: 11/05/2018
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.320

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