Case #47219
Respondent name: Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO PPP Committee
Complainant name: Freedom Foundation

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Maxford Nelsen on behalf of the Freedom Foundation on February 14, 2019. The complaint alleged that Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO PPP Committee (WSLC AFL-CIO PPP), a Continuing Political Committee may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.235 and 42.17A.240 for failure to timely and accurately file Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) disclosing campaign activities and for failure to disclose contributions from individuals identified as “President’s Club” members for calendar years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017; and (2) RCW 42.17A.435 for failure to accurately disclose the true source of contributions from “President’s Club” members on C-3 reports. 

PDC staff reviewed your allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Dmitri Iglitzin, on behalf of his client WSLC AFL-CIO PPP; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Although staff’s review of the C-3 and C-4 reports filed by WSLC AFL-CIO PPP for calendar years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and the committee’s response did not warrant further investigation, staff’s general review of the committee’s campaign activity reports did find instances during 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 of late reporting and reports requiring amendments in order to accurately disclose receipts and expenditures. 

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely and accurately disclose WSLC AFL-CIO PPP’s campaign activity for calendar years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation or enforcement action.

PDC staff reminded WSLC AFL-CIO PPP about the importance of the timely disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities, specifically those occurring during the accelerated reporting schedule prior to and after any election in which WSLC AFL-CIO PPP is participating, and the timely filings of all future PDC reports in accordance with the statutes and rules.

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).

Disposition: Case Closed with Reminder (Resolved 05/15/2019)
Date opened: 02/18/2019
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.435

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