The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Roger Lenk and Jerry Martin filed on October 31, 2019. The complaint alleged that Chuck Torelli (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for City Council Member for the City of Kennewick may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to accurately disclose Treasurer performing more than ministerial duties on the Candidate Registration; and RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to maintain books of account and make them available for public inspection.
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by the Respondent; the applicable PDC reports filed by the 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.
Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to maintain books of account, current within one business day, does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.
PDC staff is reminding Chuck Torelli about the importance of complete and accurate record-keeping within one business day in the period ten days before an election. PDC staff expects Chuck Torelli to completely document all contribution and expenditure activity in the campaign books of account, and make that information available for public inspection in the future.
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 11/25/2019)