On November 1, 2019, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint alleging that SeaTac Progress, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 and .350 for failure to accurately and completely disclose top contributors on political advertising, and RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately disclose contributors names.
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the applicable PDC filed by SeaTac Progress (Committee); and reviewed their data in the PDC database, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.
Staff determined that three other contributors gave more that $250 to the Committee before the mailer at issue in this complaint was mailed to the voters but were not included in the Top Five Contributors list. Staff also found that the names of two of the contributors depicted on the mailer were not listed correctly.
Based on the above, staff issued a reminder letter to the Committee regarding the importance of making sure that mailers depict accurate Top Five Contributors and Top Three Donors to the Committee when applicable in future years in accordance with the PDC laws and rules.
Based on this information, the PDC staff dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).
Disposition: Case Closed with Reminder (Resolved 01/16/2020)