The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Glen Morgan on January 28, 2019. The complaint alleged that Ehren Flygare/Advocates Inc., a registered lobbyist with a contract lobbying firm registered with the PDC, may have violated RCW 42.17A.615 by failing to timely file Lobbyist Monthly Expense Reports (L-2 Reports) disclosing lobbying expenditures for calendar years 2016, 2017, and 2018, and RCW 42.17A.605 by failing to provide a recent photograph of Ehren Flygare at the time he filed his Lobbyist Registration (L-1 report).
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by Ehren Flygare; the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent; and the Lobbyist Application revision history screen; and queried the Respondent’s data in the PDC lobbyist compensation and expenses by source database, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.
The $450 penalty assessed resolves the allegations concerning the failure to timely and accurately file L-2 reports for calendar years 2016, 2017, and 2018, disclosing lobbying compensation and activities, including personal contributions made to legislators. In addition, Mr. Flygare has provided a photograph to comply with the lobbyist picture requirement as part of the L-1 filing requirements.
Based on this information and the facts that Ehren Flygare/Advocates, Inc. has no prior PDC violations, demonstrated a good-faith effort to bring reports into compliance, and has hired a professional to file his PDC lobbying reports going forward, the PDC finds that no further action is warranted and has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).