A complaint was filed with the PDC against Our Olympic Communities Enterprise Washington alleging the committee may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failing to fully identify the top five contributors on political advertising; RCW 42.17A.335 by making a false statement of material fact in opposition ads; RCW 42.17A.335 by sponsoring an ad that falsely represents Irene Bowling as an incumbent; RCW 42.17A.320 and WAC 390-18 by failing to clearly identify sponsor identification on political advertising; and RCW 42.17A.260 by failing to timely file Independent Spending and Electioneering Communications (C-6) reports., alleging the Committee may have violated RCW 42.17A.220 by failing to timely deposit contributions within five business days of receipt and RCW 42.17A.235 by failing to timely file Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Campaign Summary Receipts and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports).
At its May 28, 2020 meeting, the Commission found Our Olympic Communities Enterprise WA violated RCW 42.17A.305 by failing to timely file Independent Expenditure reports (C-6 reports) disclosing $151,772.81 in Committee expenditures made for electioneering communications advertisements that supported Tim Sheldon and opposed Irene Bowling and assessed a total civil penalty of $14,000 of which $7,000 is suspended on the following conditions:
Staff determined that in this instance, the remaining allegations do not amount to actual violations warranting further investigation. However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Our Olympic Communities Enterprise Washington will receive a formal written warning concerning the Committee’s failure to comply with filing and disclosure requirements.
The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation the Committee will: (1) fully identify Top Five Contributors on all future political advertising, independent expenditures (IE) or electioneering communications (EC); (2) provide the required sponsor identification on all future political advertisements, IE’s and EC’s in accordance with statutes and rules; and (3) file timely and complete C-4 and C-6 reports in future years in accordance with PDC laws and rules, including disclosing the required expenditure detail in accordance with RCW 42.17A.240. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.Disposition: Violation Found by Commission (Resolved 06/15/2020)