The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Glen Morgan on July 22, 2019. The complaint alleged that Natalie McClendon (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for Whatcom County Council, District 5, may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-037 for failure to accurately and completely disclose details of expenditures undertaken by the Campaign, including the number of items printed for printed political advertising and run dates for digital advertising.
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by the Respondent; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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 provide accurate and complete descriptions of expenditures undertaken by the Campaign does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.
Natalie McClendon made minor or ministerial errors on required reports, which did not materially impact the public interest. Upon notification of these errors, Natalie McClendon timely amended their reports, making the necessary technical corrections as requested by staff.
PDC staff is also reminding Natalie McClendon about the importance of the complete and accurate disclosure of all expenditure details, including the number of items printed for political advertising. PDC staff expects in the future that Natalie McClendon will file complete and accurate reports in accordance with statute and rule.
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: Request for Technical Correction (Resolved 08/22/2019)