Case #94689
Respondent name: Joshua Harem
Complainant name: Arthur D Churchman

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint you filed on July 2, 2021. The complaint alleged that Joshua Harem, a candidate for City of Puyallup City Council in the 2021 primary election, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely register as a candidate within two weeks of submitting a Declaration of Candidacy (DOC); (2) RCW 42.17A.235 & .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; and (3) RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file the Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report) within two weeks of submitting a DOC.

During the investigation, staff found no evidence showing that Mr. Harem has engaged in any campaign activities in conflict with the conditions agreed upon in the signed notice of termination. In addition, staff found no evidence that Mr. Harem engaged in campaign activities requiring disclosure under RCW 42.17A.235 or .240.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file the C-1 and F-1 reports as a 2021 candidate within two weeks of declaring candidacy does not amount to a finding of a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff reminded Joshua Harem about the importance of the timely registration and disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities, personal financial information, and the timely filings of all future PDC reports in accordance with the statutes 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 09/03/2021)
Date opened: 07/07/2021
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240

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