Case #55529
Respondent name: Whatcom County Republican Party
Complainant name: Whatcom County Democratic Central Committee (Andrew Reding)

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint the Whatcom County Democratic Central Committee (Andrew Redding) filed on July 29, 2019. The complaint alleged that the Whatcom County Republican Party (Respondent), a bona fide political party may have violated RCW 42.17A.220 for failure to timely deposit contributions within five business days of receipt; RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions and deposits on Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports); and RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-205 for failure to accurately and completely disclose contributions from auctions, and expenditures made to sub-vendors, with the amounts attributable to each, on Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports).

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response 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 accurately report contributions and provide itemized break downs of expenditures, do not amount to violations that warrant further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Whatcom County Republican Party about the importance of accurately reporting contribution details, and providing complete and accurate details for all expenditures. PDC staff expects the complete and accurate reporting of contribution and expenditure details in the future.

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 10/16/2019)
Date opened: 08/01/2019
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240

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