The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Brian Aker on November 2, 2018. The complaint alleged that Justice Steven Gonzalez, candidate for reelection to State Supreme Court, Position 8, in the 2018 election, may have violated RCW 42.17A.335 for making a false claim of endorsement of a candidate for public office.
PDC staff reviewed your allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Philip Lloyd, Treasurer for Steven Gonzalez 2018 Campaign; and the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.
Staff found no evidence that Mr. Choi’s inclusion of a website paid for by the 2018 Gonzalez Campaign implied that Mr. Choi endorsed Justice Gonzalez or that the Gonzalez Campaign claimed such endorsement. Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of an actual violation warranting further investigation.
Based on this information, the PDC finds that no further action is warranted and has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).