Case #72754
Respondent name: Paul Mahre
Complainant name: Norman Smith

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on June 30, 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.240 and WAC 390-16-115 failure to collect and maintain contributor information.

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.

Mr. Mahre’s response confirmed that his campaign has a process for obtaining all required contact information from donors who utilize the donate option on his campaign website. In addition, the evidence shows that the Mahre Campaign had the required information from your $25.01 online donation within two days of you making the contribution. Staff noted that the complainant, Norm Smith, sent supplemental information to the PDC regarding your complaint against Mr. Mahre in which he stated “[g]oing forward, I have no doubt that Mr. Mahre will diligently attempt to comply with all PDC Regulations.  Please take that into consideration that [sic] making your determination.”

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation that warrants further investigation.

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 No Evidence of Violations (Resolved 08/04/2020)
Date opened: 07/01/2020
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.240, WAC 390-16-105

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