The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Delina Cline on February 14, 2019. The complaint alleged that Don Bradshaw, write-in candidate for Winlock City Council, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor identification on political advertising.
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Don Bradshaw; the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent; and a commercial advertiser disclosure from the Town Crier Community Newspaper, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.
Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to disclose sponsor identification on political advertising does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.
Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), Don Bradshaw will receive a formal written warning concerning failure to disclose sponsor identification on political advertising sponsored by the candidate. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Don Bradshaw accurately and completely discloses sponsor identification on any future political advertising. The Commission will consider the 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 finds that no further action is warranted and has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).Disposition: Case Closed with Written Warning (Resolved 04/05/2019)