The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on September 21, 2019. The complaint alleged that Cydney Moore, a candidate for Burien City Council in 2019, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.240 & WAC 390-16-037 for failure to accurately describe expenditures for printing on Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports); and (2) RCW 42.17A.700 & .710 for failure to timely and accurately file Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report) as a candidate.
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response(s) provided by Cydney Moore; 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.
Cydney Moore was a first-time candidate in 2019. It appears that her failure to disclose adequate descriptions for campaign expenditures on C-4 reports and her failure to disclose a reportable directorship position on her candidate F-1, was due to inexperience and general misunderstanding. Ms. Moore responded promptly to the complaint and has not previously been found in violation of PDC laws or rules.
Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely and accurately file the 21-day pre-primary C-4 report and failure to include a reportable position in an association on the candidate F-1 report, does not amount to a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.
PDC staff is reminding Ms. Moore about the importance of the timely disclosure of all expenditure activities, specifically including any required detail and vendor breakdown as prescribed in WAC, and the timely and accurate disclosure of all reportable financial information on F-1 reports in any 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 11/19/2019)