The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Tallman Trask filed on October 30, 2019. The complaint alleged that Choozle, Inc. (Respondent), a commercial advertiser, may have violated RCW 42.17A.345 and WAC 390-18-050 for failure to provide documents and books of account detailing the exact nature and extent of political advertising services rendered, within 24 hours of request from any person.
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the responses 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, failure to provide access to documents and books of account for commercial advertising within 24 hours of request does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.
Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Choozle, Inc. will receive a formal written warning concerning failure to timely facilitate public inspection of documents and books of account for political advertising and electioneering communications targeting elections in Washington State. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Choozle, Inc. facilitates timely and complete access to books of account 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 11/22/2019)