The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on August 12, 2019. The complaint alleged that Seattle Theatre Group (STG), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization registered with the Washington State Secretary of State’s Office, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.207 for failure to submit a C-1IC as an Incidental Committee; and (2) RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely file Incidental Committee Payments and Political Expenditures reports (C-8 reports).
PDC staff reviewed your allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by Gary Corrington, Chief Financial Officer for STG; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.
It appears that STG was aware of the Disclose Act but did not believe it applied to its 2019 payment because it was not intended to go to political committee or be used in an election campaign. STG has not previously been the subject of enforcement action and postmarked the C-1IC and C-8 reports promptly upon PDC staff’s request.
Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely register and file reports as an incidental committee disclosing activity for calendar year 2019 does not amount to a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.
PDC staff reminded STG about the importance of the timely registration and disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities as an incidental committee, and the timely filings of all future PDC reports in accordance with the statutes and 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 Reminder (Resolved 11/01/2019)