This matter was resolved at an enforcement hearing before the full Commission on April 26, 2018 when the Commission accepted a proposed Stipulation as to Facts, Violations and Penalty, with two proposed amendments that were accepted by the parties.
The complaint alleged that Go Big Tri-Cities, a non profit corporation operated by Tyler Borders, had acted as a political committee by supporting the passage of Proposition 16-8, a ballot measure placed on the August 2, 2016 primary ballot by the Kennewick Public Facilities District. The complaint alleged that Go Big Tri-Cities failed to register and report its contribution and expenditure activity as a political committee, and that it failed to include proper sponsor identification on political advertising supporting the measure. Proposition 16-8 was placed on the ballot to raise funds through a two tenths of one percent sales tax increase to build The Link, a proposed Broadway Theatre facility, and to pay for improvements to the Three Rivers Convention Center. The measure was defeated on the August 2, 2016 ballot.