The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Kendra Shirley on August 10, 2019. The complaint alleged that Eliana Macias (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for Yakima City Council may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor identification on digital political advertising; and RCW 42.17A.335 for sponsoring with actual malice, false statements of material fact meant to cause injury to candidate Gartrell.
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, no evidence supports a finding of a violation that warrants further investigation.
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 No Evidence of Violations (Resolved 09/12/2019)