Ticket Number: 
John Geniuch
Michael Waite
Created Date: 
October 10, 2016
Status of Investigations: 
Assessment of Facts

The complaint alleged that Michael Waite, a 2016 candidate for State Treasurer, may have violated RCW 42.17A.430(8) by using campaign funds to pay for entry fees to events sponsored by party organizations and candidates, that included, in part, a contribution to the party organization or candidate.  The allegation was based on an assumption that Mr. Waite may have paid an entry fee that was above the cost of consumables for a person attending the event.  The complaint also alleged that the Waite campaign may have violated RCW 42.17A.240(8) by failing to report outstanding debt on C-4 reports for expenses paid on subsequent C-4 reports.  This allegation was based on an assumption that expenditures for services, such as digital advertising and research, likely represented orders placed during the preceding reporting period and should have been reported as debt on those earlier reports.  Note: This complaint was also filed as a Citizen Action Notice under RCW 42.17A.765(4) and is being handled by the Attorney General's Office.