The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on July 29, 2020. The complaint alleged that Lowell Peck, incumbent County Commissioner in Franklin County and candidate for re-election in the 2020 primary and general elections, may have violated RCW 42.17A.335 for sponsoring false statements of endorsement in political advertising.
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response provided by the Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.
It appears that Mr. Peck believed the endorsement was made by the Tri-Cities Tea Party and that the manner of communication and documentation he received did not lead him to believe the endorsement was false or being sent by unauthorized individuals.
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 10/26/2020)