The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaints filed by Dori Gilmour and Michele Levenite on June 12 and July 8, 2019. The complaints alleged that Wendi Warner (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for Richland City Council may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely file a Candidate Registration (C-1 report) within two weeks of becoming a candidate; RCW 42.17A.235 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 contributions and expenditures undertaken by the Campaign; and RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to file a Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report) within two weeks of becoming a candidate.
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by Wendi Warner; the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent; and queried the Respondent’s data in the PDC contribution and expenditure database, 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 accurately select the candidate’s election year, and to timely file the F-1 report, do not amount to violations that warrant further investigation.
PDC staff is reminding Wendi Warner about the importance of timely and accurately registering as a candidate, and disclosing personal financial affairs. PDC staff expects timely, complete, and accurate filings of all future required 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 08/23/2019)