The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Andrew Saturn on April 10, 2019. The complaint alleged that Doug Ericksen, a Senator in Legislative District 42, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.600 and WAC 390-20-143 for failure to register Pac Rim Bridges, LLC as a lobbyist firm; and (2) RCW 42.17A.600 for failure to register himself as a lobbyist with Pac Rim Bridges, LLC.
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response(s) provided by Senator Ericksen and Jay Rodne in a related case (PDC Case 50329), to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.
The written responses from Senator Ericksen and Jay Rodne, confirm that Pac Rim Bridges, LLC and its two named governors, do not meet the statutory definition of a lobbyist and that neither Pac Rim nor Senator Ericksen have engaged in lobbying activities that would require registration with the PDC.
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).Disposition: Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations (Resolved 06/26/2019)