Case #74490
Respondent name: Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad
Complainant name: Johnny Alvarado

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on August 2, 2020. The complaint alleged that Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad (PVJR), a lobbyist employer during calendar year 2020, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.255 for failure to report the value of independent expenditures for political advertising; and (2) RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor identification on political advertising.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by President Eric Temple, on behalf of PVJR (the “Respondent); and the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

It appears that the posts referenced in the complaint did not meet the statutory definition of political advertisement and therefore did not require PVJR to include sponsor identification. In addition, staff did not find evidence that the posts were independent expenditures reportable under RCW 42.17A.255.

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 10/27/2020)
Date opened: 08/03/2020
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.255, RCW 42.17A.320

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