On July 22, 2020, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint alleging that Rodney Mullen, a first-time candidate for the County Commissioner (Position 2) in Franklin County, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to include sponsor identification (paid-for-by information) on a political advertisement.
PDC staff reviewed the applicable statute(s), rule(s), and the reporting requirement(s) pertinent to the sponsor identification.
Staff found that Mr. Mullen failed to include sponsor identification (paid-for-by information, followed by his name and complete address) on his political advertisement for the postcard/mailer that was sent to voters on or about the second week of July 2020.
Staff reminded Mr. Mullen about the importance of including sponsor identification information on political advertisement for all future mailers and reiterated its expectation that Mr. Mullen will review all political advertisements in the future that, he and his campaign sponsors, to ensure they contain required sponsor identification information ("Paid for or Sponsored by" followed by the candidate's name and full address), as required by law.
Based on this information, the staff dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).Disposition: Case Closed with Reminder (Resolved 09/04/2020)