The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) completed its review of the complaints Marylou Eckart, Charles Eakins and Glen Morgan filed July 11, 2019 through July 16, 2019. The complaints alleged that Nicholas Coelho, co-owner of the slate website Lynnwood Forward, may have violated RCW 42.17A..320 by failing to identify sponsors on political advertising (e.g. the Lynnwood Forward website).
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response provided by Nicholas Coelho (the “Respondent”) to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.
Based on the findings, staff determined that, in this instance, failure to identify the sponsor on political advertising does not amount to a violation warranting further investigation.
PDC staff reminded Nicholas Coelho about the importance of timely & accurately identifying and disclosing the sponsor on all political advertising, including campaign websites.
Based on the information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).Disposition: Case Closed with Reminder (Resolved 09/13/2019)