Case #78781
Respondent name: Javier Figueroa
Complainant name: Evelyn Fielding Lopez

The complaint alleged Javier Figueroa, a 2020 candidate for Pierce County Council, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 by failing to disclose sponsor identification on paid political advertising in the Tacoma Weekly and RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-205 for failing to accurately and completely disclose expenditure details, including sub-vendors utilized by the campaign.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the applicable PDC reports, and the response from Javier Figueroa, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on these findings, and the fact Figueroa made a good faith effort to comply with the reporting requirements concerning expenditures, staff has determined, in this instance, the failure to timely and accurately report expenditure detail does not amount a violation warranting further investigation.

The PDC reminded Javier Figueroa about the importance of accurately and timely completing PDC reports, including listing expenditure details in the proper locations on PDC reports to allow public access to complete expenditure detail. 

On January 8, 2021, the PDC received a completed Statement of Understanding (SOU) from Javier Figueroa, acknowledging violations of RCW 42.17A.320 by failing to disclose sponsor identification on paid political advertising in the Tacoma Weekly. 

Javier Figueroa paid a $150 civil penalty in accordance with WAC 390-37-143 (Brief Enforcement Penalty Schedule), which resolves the issue. PDC staff found no evidence of material violations requiring additional enforcement action in this matter. 

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed the case against, in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

Disposition: Resolved through Statement of Understanding (Resolved 01/11/2021)
Date opened: 10/22/2020
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.320, wac 390-16-205

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