Case #59232
Respondent name: A Better Spokane
Complainant name: Glen Morgan

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Glen Morgan filed on October 25, 2019. The complaint alleged that A Better Spokane (Sponsored by Standard Trust), a political committee, may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately and completely disclose contributor addresses on Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports); and RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.320, and WAC 390-16-011A for failure to disclose the name of Standard Trust as the sponsoring person in the committee’s name on the Political Committee Registration (Registration) and on political advertising.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Respondent; the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent; queried the Respondent’s data in the PDC contribution and expenditure database; and contacted the Central Business Park in Spokane Valley, 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 accurately and completely disclose contribution and expenditure details, and to disclose the name of the committee’s sponsor, do not amount to violations that warrant further investigation.

A Better Spokane (Sponsored by The Standard Trust)” made minor or ministerial errors on required reports, which did not materially impact the public interest. Upon notification of these errors, A Better Spokane (Sponsored by The Standard Trust)” timely amended their reports, making the necessary technical corrections as requested by staff.

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: Request for Technical Correction (Resolved 12/09/2019)
Date opened: 10/25/2019
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.320, wac 390-16-011a

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