The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the staff-generated complaint initiated on October 3, 2019. The complaint alleged that Jorge Chacón (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for City Council Member for the City of Wenatchee may have violated WAC 390-16-125 for exceeding the limitations of the Mini Reporting option without prior written authorization from the PDC.
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent; the Respondent’s request to change reporting options; 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.
Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, exceeding the limitations of the Mini Reporting option without prior written authorization from the PDC does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.
Jorge Chacón completed a Statement of Understanding (SOU) and paid a $150 civil penalty in accordance with WAC 390-37-143 (Brief Enforcement Penalty Schedule), acknowledging violations of WAC 390-16-125 for exceeding the limitations of the Mini Reporting option without prior written authorization from the PDC. The $150 penalty assessed resolves the allegations in this complaint.
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).