Case #57038
Respondent name: Charles Smith III
Complainant name: Amy Conway

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Amy Conway filed on September 5, 2019. The complaint alleged that Charles Smith III, a candidate for School Director, for Sequim SD 323 may have violated RCW 42.17A.205, .210 and .215 for failure to timely file their Candidate Registration (C-1 report) and failure to disclose their treasurer and depositories; RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file their Personal Financial Affairs Statement report (F-1 report); and RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely file Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports). 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the applicable PDC reports filed 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 timely file the C-1 and F-1 reports does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Charles Smith III will receive a formal written warning concerning failure to timely file their Candidate Registration (C-1 report), Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report) and disclosure of all Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports). The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Charles Smith III timely register as a candidate and report financial affairs, contributions and expenditures in the future. 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 09/26/2019)
Date opened: 09/06/2019
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.210, RCW 42.17A.215, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.700

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