Case #71438
Respondent name: Paul Mahre
Complainant name: Norman Smith

.The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on June 3, 2020. The complaint alleged that Paul Mahre, a candidate for Pend Oreille County Commissioner in the August 4, 2020 primary election, may have violated RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely a Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report) within two weeks of becoming a candidate or no later than June 1, 2020.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Paul Mahre; and the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Although the F-1 report was received five days late, it was submitted immediately upon receipt of the complaint and well before any information regarding candidates appearing on the primary election was distributed to voters.

Based on our findings, staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file a F-1 report does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff reminded Mr. Mahre about the importance of timely filing a Personal Financial Affairs Statement with the PDC within two weeks of declaring candidacy, 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 06/25/2020)
Date opened: 06/05/2020
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.700

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