The complaint alleged Lorena Gonzalez, a 2020 candidate for Washington State Attorney General, violated 42.17A.700 and RCW 42.17A.710 by failing to timely and accurately file a financial affairs statement within two weeks of becoming a candidate.
It was determined Gonzalez is a current member of the Seattle City Council, and PDC staff updated the allegation to “by failing to timely and accurately file a financial affairs statement by April 15, 2020 or within two weeks of becoming a candidate, whichever occurred first.”
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements and the response from Lorena Gonzalez, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.
Staff has determined that in this instance, the failure to timely and accurately file financial affairs statement does not amount to a finding of a violation that warrants further investigation.
However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Lorena Gonzalez will receive a formal written warning concerning the failure to comply with PDC requirements as noted in this letter.
The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Lorena Gonzalez timely file all future required financial affairs reports as required by law. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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 Written Warning (Resolved 09/16/2020)