Case #55704
Respondent name: Layna Crofts
Complainant name: Jason Ritchie

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Jason Ritchie on July 28, 2019. The complaint alleged that Layna Crofts (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for Issaquah School Director, 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), certifying financial affairs for twelve calendar months prior to becoming a candidate, within two weeks of becoming a candidate.

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 timely register as a candidate and disclose personal financial affairs do not amount to violations that warrants further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Layna Crofts will receive a formal written warning concerning failure to timely register as a candidate and to disclose personal financial affairs for twelve calendar months prior to becoming a candidate, within two weeks of becoming a candidate. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Layna Crofts timely files all future required reports. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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 Written Warning (Resolved 08/14/2019)
Date opened: 08/05/2019
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.700

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