The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on September 11, 2020 and the additional information provided on September 14, 2020. The complaint alleged that Matthew Larkin, a candidate for Washington State Attorney General in the 2020 primary and general election, may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 and 42.17A.240 for failure to timely and accurately file Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports), disclosing contributions and expenditures undertaken by the Campaign.
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Mr. Larkin (the “Respondent”); the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent; and queried the Respondent’s data in the PDC contribution and expenditure database, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.
Staff did not find evidence showing that the campaign received over limit contributions or purposely concealed the source of a donation. Staff found that the reduction of the fair market value of items specifically affected by the current COVID restrictions was appropriate in this instance.
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 12/03/2020)