The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Phillip Tavel filed on October 28, 2019. The complaint alleged that Lisa Herbold (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for Seattle City Council, may have violated RCW 42.17A.335 for sponsoring with actual malice, false statements of material fact in political advertising, constituting libel per se, about Candidate Phil Tavel.
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response provided by the 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, insufficient evidence supports a finding of a violation that warrants further investigation.
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 No Evidence of Violations (Resolved 11/25/2019)