The complaint alleged, Approve Prop 1 – EvergreenHealth, a Ballot Committee (Committee) formed to support an April 23 and August 6, 2019 bond election for Kirkland’s EvergreenHealth Hospital and Medical Campus, violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.240 by failing to accurately report and describe expenditures and contributions on the Summary Full Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reports (C-4 reports); (2) RCW 42.17A.420 for accepting a $225,000 contribution from EvergreenHealth within 21 days of the August 6, 2019, primary election and (3) RCW 42.17A.320 for failing to accurately and completely disclose top five contributors in political advertising sponsored by the Committee.
PDC staff has determined that in this instance, the Committee’s failure to include the complete required expenditure detail for political advertisements purchased by the Committee does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation. The Committee is continuing to work with PDC staff and making a good faith effort to bring its reports fully into compliance. Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), the Committee will receive a formal written warning concerning its failure to accurately report and describe expenditures and contributions.
The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation timely and accurately files all future required PDC 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 11/05/2019)