The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on October 31, 2019. The complaint alleged that Cydney Moore, a candidate for Burien City Council in 2019, may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 for failure to timely and accurately file Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) disclosing expenditures political advertising, a campaign video and candidate photos.
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Cydney Moore; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.
Ms. Moore was a first-time candidate for public office and was the subject of a previous complaint filed during the 2019 campaign cycle. She was elected to the Burien City Council in the November 5, 2019 general election.
The response from Ms. Moore and staff’s general review of the Elect Cydney campaign website, Facebook page and political advertisement, show that the campaign used volunteer services and free online options as well as paid or professional services. Ms. Moore’s response and subsequent amendments show that the expenditure for costs related to a mailer were disclosed late.
Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file a C-4 report disclosing one expenditure for political advertisement ten days after the general election does not amount to a finding of a violation that warrants further investigation.
PDC staff reminded Cydney Moore about the importance of the timely disclosure of all expenditure activities prior to an election in which her name appears on the ballot in order to ensure transparency for the public, and the timely filing of all future PDC reports in accordance with the statutes and 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 Reminder (Resolved 01/30/2020)