Case #82523
Respondent name: Freedom Foundation
Complainant name: Peter Starzynski

The complaint alleged the Freedom Foundation violated RCW 42.17A.205, .235, .240 and .320 by failing to timely register as a committee, failing to report contributions and expenditures, and failing to disclose complete sponsor identification.

PDC staff found no evidence to support the allegation that FF meets the definition of a political committee under the "receiver of contributions" prong in accordance with PDC Interpretation 07-04, or that FF failed to file a Committee Registration. Since FF is not a political committee, there are no filing requirements or contribution and expenditure activities to disclose under RCW 42.17A.235 and .240.

Based on these findings, staff has determined, in this instance, the failure to disclose complete sponsor identification does not amount a violation warranting further investigation. PDC staff is reminding the Freedom Foundation about the importance of filing timely electioneering communications reports in accordance with PDC laws and rules. 

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 Reminder (Resolved 03/05/2021)
Date opened: 12/29/2020
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.320

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