The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Keith Olson on August 16, 2019. The complaint alleged that Jon Mutchler (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for Mayor of the City of Ferndale, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose the sponsor's name and address on movable political advertising; and RCW 42.17A.555 for displaying political advertising in support of the candidate's own campaign in city hall parking lot.
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the responses provided by Respondent, 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 properly disclose sponsor identification on political advertising does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.
PDC staff is reminding Jon Mutchler about the importance of complete and accurate disclosure of sponsor identification on political advertising. PDC staff expects Jon Mutchler to provide the required disclosures on all political advertising 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 09/10/2019)