The complaints alleged People for Jobs Enterprise Washington and South Sound Future Enterprise Washington (Committees) each violated RCW 42.17A.335(1)(a) by sponsoring political advertising, specifically mailers, that included a false statement of material fact about a candidate for public office, stating Julie Door, a 2020 candidate for State Senate from the 25th Legislative District (Candidate), voted to increase sales taxes.
PDC staff reviewed the allegations, evidence provided, applicable statutes and rules and the response provided by Dan Brady, Attorney for Enterprise Washington, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.
While it appears Resolution No. 2395 did not increase sales taxes or authorize the collection of additional sales taxes, in light of Door’s support for Resolution No. 2395, and support for an ordinance laying the foundation for the collection of tax monies, there is not clear and convincing evidence that the statement made by People for Jobs Enterprise Washington and South Sound Future Enterprise Washington was made with actual malice.
Based on these findings staff has determined, in this instance, the alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.335(1)(a) does not amount to a violation warranting 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)