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For more information about how the PDC handles complaints alleging violations of RCW 42.17A and what the different case statuses mean, see our enforcement guide. For a glimpse at how long it is taking to close cases, see the case resolution chart


Case # Opened Complainant Respondent Subject Areas of Law Status Description Url
60308 11/20/2019 Glen Morgan Ann Parks Parks, Ann (3): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .215 for failure to timely file Candidate Registration report (C1 report) (EY 19, Nov 19) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.215, RCW 42.17A.210 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .215 for failure to timely file Candidate Registration report (C1 report), disclosing treasurer and depository information
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/60308
60299 11/20/2019 Glen Morgan Francis Benjamin Benjamin, Francis: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.235, .240 for failure to timely and accurately file contribution and expenditure reports (C-3 and C-4 reports) (EY 19, Nov 19) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely file contribution and expenditure reports (C-3 and C-4 reports)
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to provide accurate details on contribution and expenditure reports (C-3 and C-4 reports)
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/60299
60238 11/18/2019 Peg Leland Awna Underwood Underwood, Awna: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .215 for failure to timely file Candidate Registration report (C-1 report); RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file Personal Financial Affairs Statement report (F-1 report) (EY 19, Nov 19) RCW 42.17A.210, RCW 42.17A.215, RCW 42.17A.700, RCW 42.17A.205 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .215 for failure to timely file Candidate Registration report (C-1 report), disclosing treasurer and depository information
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file Personal Financial Affairs Statement report (F-1 report)
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/60238
60235 11/18/2019 Sandra Robson Jay Rodne Rodne, Jay (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.430 for misuse of surplus funds to form a limited liability company (Nov 19) RCW 42.17A.430 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.430 for misuse of surplus funds to pay formation fee for PacRim Bridges, LLC with the Washington Secretary of State.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/60235
60162 11/15/2019 Robin Carl Johnson North Snohomish County Union Firefighters Local 4033 North Snohomish County Union Firefighters Local 4033: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.255, .260 & .305 for failure to timely & accurately report independent expenditures. (EY '19; Nov '19) RCW 42.17A.255, RCW 42.17A.260, RCW 42.17A.305 Assessment of Facts
  • Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.255, .260 & .305 for failure to timely & accurately report an independent expenditure (Jeff Sinker campaign mailers) 
  • Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.255, .260 & .305 for failure to accurately describe an independent expenditure on a C-6 report (postage for Jeff Sinker mailers)
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/60162
60143 11/15/2019 Dorothy L Luzzo Gilmour Bob Thompson Thompson, Bob: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 & 240 for failure to timely & accurately report deposits, contributions & expenditures. (EY '19; Nov '19) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 for failure to timely & accurately report deposits, contributions & expenditures by filing C-3 & C-4 reports with the PDC
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/60143
60094 11/13/2019 Peg Leland Melissa Smith Smith, Melissa: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205 & .235 by failing to timely register as a candidate w/the PDC and report contributions & expenditures. (EY '19) (Nov '19) RCW 24.17A.205, RCW 24.17A.235 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to register as a candidate with PDC within two weeks of declaring candidacy.  
  • Allegation Two:  Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions & expenditures.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/60094
60068 11/13/2019 Kelly Anderson Tim Larson Larson, Tim: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .235 & .700 by failing to timely register as a candidate w/the PDC, file statement of financial affairs and report contributions & expenditures. (EY '19) (Nov '19) RCW 24.17A.235, RCW 24.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.700 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to register as a candidate with PDC within two weeks of declaring candidacy.
  • Allegation Two: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to file a statement of financial affairs with PDC within two weeks of declaring candidacy.
  • Allegation Three: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions & expenditures.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/60068
60036 11/12/2019 Timothy Schmitt North County EMS Officials North County EMS Officials: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities to support a ballot proposition (EY 19; Nov 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities to support a ballot proposition.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/60036
60032 11/12/2019 David Bryan Holloway Mary "Peggy" Shepard Shepard, Mary "Peggy": Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public agency/office facilities to assist an election campaign. (EY '19; Nov '19) RCW 42.17A.555 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public agency/office facilities (city council meeting) to assist an election campaign
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/60032
60018 11/12/2019 Carl Schoenleber Liz Vogeli Vogeli, Liz: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.235, .240 for failure to timely and accurately file C-4 reports disclosing expenditures and in-kind contributions (EY 19, Nov 19) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely file C-4 reports disclosing expenditures and in-kind contributions
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately report expenditures and in-kind contributions on C-4 reports
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/60018
59877 11/08/2019 Andrew Saturn People for Thurston County Jobs & Jason Bennett People for Thurston County Jobs & Jason Bennett: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to disclose a committee officer, as defined under WAC 390-05-245, on Committee Registration. (EY '19; Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.205 Assessment of Facts
  • Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to disclose a committee officer, as defined under WAC 390-05-245, on Committee Registration & reporting the officer as a ministerial Treasurer
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59877
59839 11/07/2019 Peg Leland Yes for Camas Community and Kerry Ticknor Yes for Camas Community: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 & WAC 390-16-125 for failure to keep timely & accurate books of account and allow for timely public inspection; and by exceeding mini-reporting contribution limit. (EY '19; Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.235, WAC 390-16-125 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to keep timely & accurate books of account  
  • Allegation Two: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 by failing to allow for timely public inspection of books during 10 days preceding an election 
  • Allegation Three: Alleged violation of WAC 390-16-125 by exceeding mini-reporting contribution limit
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59839
59783 11/06/2019 Philip Johnson Rhiannon Parks Parks, Rhiannon: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .215 for failure to timely file Candidate Registration report (C-1 report); RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file Personal Financial Affairs Statement report (F-1 report) (EY19, Nov 19) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.215, RCW 42.17A.700, RCW 42.17A.210 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .215 for failure to timely file Candidate Registration report (C-1 report)
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file Personal Financial Affairs Statement report (F-1 report) 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59783
59780 11/06/2019 Craig Keller Approve I-1000 Approve I - 1000: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to provide sponsor identification on political advertising (pre-recorded calls) (EY 19, Nov 19) RCW 42.17A.320 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to provide sponsor identification on political advertising (pre-recorded calls) 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59780
59777 11/06/2019 Glen Morgan Common Purpose PAC Common Purpose PAC: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 for failure to timely & accurately report contributions & expenditures. (EY '19; Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 for failure to timely & accurately report contributions & expenditures
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59777
59773 11/06/2019 Glen Morgan Yes for Homes Coalition of San Juan County Yes for Homes Coalition of San Juan County: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 & WAC 390-16-037 for failure to provide sufficient expenditure details on C-4 reports for election year 2018. (Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.240, WAC 390-16-037 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.240 & WAC 390-16-037 for failure to provide sufficient expenditure details on C-4 reports for election year 2018.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59773
59769 11/06/2019 Bret Uhrich LET PEOPLE VOTE / Reject R-88 Let People Vote / Reject R-88 (2): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to provide complete and accurate sponsor identification in political advertising (pre-recorded calls) (EY 19, Nov 19) RCW 42.17A.320 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to provide complete and accurate sponsor identification in political advertising (pre-recorded calls) 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59769
59761 11/06/2019 Michell Thyng Toni Overmyer Overmyer, Toni (2): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .215 for failure to timely file Candidate Registration report (C-1 report) (EY 19, Nov 19) RCW 42.17A.210, RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.215 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .215 for failure to timely file Candidate Registration report (C-1 report)
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59761
59740 11/05/2019 Sean Bates Scootney Springs Elementary School Officials Scootney Springs Elementary School Officials: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.555 for authorizing the misuse of public facilities to support an election campaign. (EY 19; Nov 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violations of RCW 42.17A.555 for authorizing the misuse of public facilities to support the election campaign of candidate Lindsy Prows.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59740
59732 11/05/2019 Wilma Edmonds City of Medina Officials City of Medina Officials: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities (EY 19, Nov 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59732
59707 11/05/2019 Hillary Moralez Anna Rohrbough Rorhbough, Anna: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities; RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose full sponsor identification on political advertising (EY 19, Nov 19) RCW 42.17A.555, RCW 42.17A.320 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose full sponsor identification on political advertising
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59707
59685 11/04/2019 Melissa O'Neill Albert Schreiber Schreiber, Albert: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities to support election campaigns (EY 19; Nov 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violations of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities to support election campaigns.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59685
59678 11/04/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees/Special Account American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Special Account (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.250 for failure to timely and accurately report as an out-of-state political committee (Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.250 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violations of RCW 42.17A.250 for failure to timely and accurately report contributions and expenditures as an out-of-state political committee.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59678
59671 11/04/2019 Bruce Thomson Citzens for Liberty and Labor Citzens for Liberty and Labor (2): Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for making over-limit coordinated expenditures (EY 19; Nov 19) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.255, RCW 42.17A.260, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.405, WAC 390-05-210, RCW 42.17A.305 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Violations of RCW 42.17A.405 and WAC 390-05-210 for making over-limit coordinated expenditures in support of Candidate Stuckart.
  • Allegation Two: Violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely and accurately report coordinated expenditures in support of Candidate Stuckart.
  • Allegation One: Violations of RCW 42.17A.255, .260, and .305 for certifying independent expenditures or electioneering communications as independent, when they may have been coordinated.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59671
59665 11/04/2019 Glen Morgan NARAL Pro-Choice Washington PAC NARAL Pro-Choice Washington PAC: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 for failure to timely & accurately report contributions made in election year 2019. (Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 for failure to timely & accurately report contributions made in election year 2019
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59665
59657 11/04/2019 Glen Morgan Washington Conservation Voters Action Fund Washington Conservation Voters Action Fund (4): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.260, .235 & .240 for failure to timely & accurately report independent expenditures, and provide expenditure details on reports (EY '19; Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.260, RCW 42.17A.240 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.260 for failure to timely & accurately report independent expenditures made within 21 days of an election 
  • Allegation Two: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 for failure to timely & accurately report independent expenditures on C-4 reports 
  • Allegation Three: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to provide sufficient expenditure details on reports
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59657
59652 11/04/2019 Kendra Cook Phyllis "Joy" Gilfilen Phyllis Joy Gilfilen (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.445(2), .265 & .235 by using campaign funds for personal use, failing to timely report a $1,000 last-minute contribution, and not timely reporting contributions & expenditures. (EY '19; Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.445, RCW 42.17A.265 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.445(2) by using campaign funds for personal use (food at Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner) 
  • Allegation Two: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.265 by failing to timely report a $1,000 last-minute contribution, and 
  • Allegation Three: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 by not timely reporting contributions & expenditures
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59652
59642 11/04/2019 Glen Morgan Cydney Moore Moore, Cydney (2): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.235, .240 for failure to timely and accurately report expenditures on C-4 reports (EY19, Nov 19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report expenditures on C-4 reports
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately report expenditures on C-4 reports
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59642
59579 11/01/2019 Glen Morgan SeaTac Progress SeaTac Progress (3): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.320 and .350 for failure to accurately and completely disclose top contributors on political advertising, and RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately disclose contributor names (EY 19; Nov 19) RCW 42.17A.350, RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.240 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Violations of RCW 42.17A.320 and .350 for failure to accurately and completely disclose Top 5 Contributors and Top 3 Donors to PAC Contributors on political advertising.
  • Allegation Two: Violations of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately disclose contributor names.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59579
59572 11/01/2019 Bradley J. Williamson Amy Falcone Falcone, Amy: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public office or agency facilities to assist an election campaign. (EY '19; Oct '19) RCW 42.17A 555 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public office or agency facilities to assist an election campaign
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59572
59569 11/01/2019 Glen Morgan Mia Gregerson Gregerson, Mia (4): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely and accurately report transfers of funds and expenditures from surplus funds (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely and accurately report transfers of campaign funds to surplus funds, and expenditures made from surplus funds.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59569
59568 11/01/2019 Alvin H McNeil Chief Ben Andrews Clallam Fire Protection District 3 Officials: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities (EY 19, Nov 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59568
59566 11/01/2019 Jeanne Crevier Rosamaria Graziani Graziani, Rosamaria: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.335 for false or defamatory statements in political advertising (EY 19, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.335 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.335 for false or defamatory statements in political advertising
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59566
59563 11/01/2019 Roger Lenk and Jerry Martin Chuck Torelli Torelli, Chuck: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to accurately disclose committee officers, and RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to maintain books of account open for public inspection (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.235 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to accurately disclose Treasurer performing more than ministerial duties on Candidate Registration (C-1 report).
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to maintain books of account and make them available for public inspection.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59563
59543 10/31/2019 Maria Pierce DuPont Citizens for Paramedics DuPont Citizens for Paramedics: Alleged violation of WAC 390-16-125 for exceeding Mini Reporting limitations by accepting contributions from one source over $500 (EY 19; Oct 19) WAC 390-16-125 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of WAC 390-16-125 for exceeding Mini Reporting limitations without prior written authorization from the PDC, by accepting $2,500 in contributions from the DuPont Professional Fire Fighter Local #3829.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59543
59542 10/31/2019 Glen Morgan Partnering for Spokane's Future PAC Partnering for Spokane's Future PAC: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to provide sufficient expenditure details on C-4 reports for election year 2018. (Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.240 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to provide sufficient expenditure details on C-4 reports for election year 2018
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59542
59539 10/31/2019 Glen Morgan Washington Conservation Voters Action Fund Washington Conservation Voters Action Fund (3): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-037 for failure to completely and accurately disclose expenditure details (EY 19; Oct 19) WAC 390-16-037, RCW 42.17A.240 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violations of RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-037 for failure to completely and accurately disclose expenditure details, including the number of items printed for political advertising.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59539
59523 10/31/2019 Tallman Trask Choozle, Inc. Choozle, Inc.: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.345 and WAC 390-18-050 for failure to promptly provide documents and books of account concerning political advertising, upon request from any person (EY 19; Oct 19) WAC 390-18-050, RCW 42.17A.345 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.345 and WAC 390-18-050 for failure to provide documents and books of account detailing the exact nature and extent of political advertising services rendered, within 24 hours of request from any person.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59523
59521 10/31/2019 Tallman Trask Twitter, Inc. Twitter, Inc.: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.345 and WAC 390-18-050 for failure to promptly provide documents and books of account concerning political advertising, upon request from any person (EY 19; Oct 19) WAC 390-18-050, RCW 42.17A.345 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.345 and WAC 390-18-050 for failure to provide documents and books of account detailing the exact nature and extent of political advertising services rendered, within 24 hours of request from any person.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59521
59520 10/31/2019 Glen Morgan Anthony Oddo Oddo, Anthony: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately and completely report expenditures on expenditure reports (C-4 reports) (EY 19, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.240 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately and completely report expenditures on expenditure reports (C-4 reports)
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59520
59504 10/31/2019 Jill gregerson Scott Whelpley Whelpley, Scott: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.235, .240 for failure to timely file contribution and expenditure reports (C-3 & C-4 reports) (EY 19, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.235, .240 for failure to timely file contribution and expenditure reports (C-3 & C-4 reports)
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59504
59475 10/30/2019 Tallman Trask Google, Inc. Google, Inc. (3): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.345 and WAC 390-18-050 for failure to promptly provide documents and books of account concerning political advertising, upon request from any person (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.345 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.345 and WAC 390-18-050 for failure to provide documents and books of account detailing the exact nature and extent of political advertising services rendered, within 24 hours of request from any person.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59475
59437 10/30/2019 Glen Morgan Washington Fairness Coalition Washington Fairness Coalition: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose, in sponsor identification, the top 3 donors to the political committees listed as top 5 contributors. (EY '19; Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.320 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose, in sponsor identification, the top 3 donors to the political committees listed as top 5 contributors
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59437
59412 10/29/2019 Glen Morgan Elizabeth Hallock Hallock, Elizabeth (3): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-037 for failure to accurately and completely disclose expenditure details (EY 19; Oct 19) WAC 390-16-037, RCW 42.17A.240 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violations of RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-037 for failure to accurately and completely disclose expenditure details.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59412
59410 10/29/2019 Glen Morgan Kevin Schilling Schilling, Kevin: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely and accurately report expenditures for political advertising (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violations of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely and accurately report expenditures for political advertising.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59410
59408 10/29/2019 Glen Morgan Fair and Equal Whatcom PAC Fair & Equal Whatcom PAC: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately and completely report expenditures on C-4 reports (EY 15, Oct 19) RCW.42.17A.240 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately and completely report expenditures on C-4 reports.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59408
59380 10/29/2019 Nicholas Gullickson David Chan Chan, David (4): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public office or public facilities for political campaigning (EY 19, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The complaint alleged David Chan, a 2019 Candidate for South Snohomish Fire and Rescue Regional Fire Authority Fire Commissioner Position 4, may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by using fire district facilities to assist his and another candidate’s campaign, by campaigning in his official uniform supplied with taxpayer funds. You provided photos of Chan waving campaign signs in a shirt with the South Snohomish Fire and Rescue Regional Fire Authority Fire logo. 

In the response, Chan provided the purchase order and check he used to pay for the shirt worn in the photographs provided in the complaint. PDC guidance (PDC Interpretation 04-02) for local government agencies in election campaigns states the use of self-purchased uniforms is permitted to support a campaign.  

Based on these findings staff has determined, in this instance, the alleged use of public facilities of South Snohomish Fire and Rescue to assist David Chan’s re-election campaign and the campaign of another candidate, does not amount to a violation warranting 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). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59380
59376 10/29/2019 Jeffrey Brittig, Joseph Cooper Michael Sheetz Sheetz, Michael: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public office or agency facilities to assist an election campaign. (EY '19; Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.555 Assessment of Facts

Allegation: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public office or agency facilities (Union Fire Dept. bldg, staff, uniforms, photo; and unofficial Facebook acct) to assist an election campaign

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59376
59370 10/29/2019 Phillip Tavel Lisa Herbold Herbold, Lisa: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.335 for sponsoring false statements of material fact about Candidate Tavel in political advertising (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.335 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.335 for sponsoring with actual malice, false statements of material fact in political advertising, constituting libel per se, about Candidate Phil Tavel.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59370
59361 10/29/2019 Amy Hughes Rebeca Muñiz Muñiz, Rebeca: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions and expenditures (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.235 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violations of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions and expenditures.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59361
59360 10/29/2019 Bradley Mertens Patrick Burch Burch, Patrick: Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for unauthorized transfer of candidate funds to another candidate, failure to report independent expenditures, and failure to disclose complete sponsor identification (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.430, RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.255 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.430 for unauthorized contributions from active candidate funds to support other candidate campaigns.
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.255 for failure to disclose independent expenditures in support of other candidate campaigns.
  • Allegation Three: Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose proper sponsor identification on political advertising.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59360
59334 10/28/2019 Glen Morgan Susan Boundy-Sanders Boundy-Sanders, Susan: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-037 for failure to accurately and completely disclose expenditure details (EY 17; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.240, WAC 390-16-037 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Glen Morgan filed on October 28, 2019. The complaint alleged that Susan Boundy-Sanders (Respondent), a 2017 candidate for City Council Member for the City of Woodinville, may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-037 for failure to accurately and completely disclose expenditure details.

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

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to accurately and completely disclose expenditure details does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Susan Boundy-Sanders about the importance of accurately and completely disclosing expenditure details. PDC staff expects the timely, complete, and accurate disclosure of all contribution and expenditure details on required reports in the future.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59334
59326 10/28/2019 Robin Carl Johnson Jeff Sinker Sinker, Jeff: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 for failure to timely & accurately report contributions & expenditures. (EY '19; Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235 Assessment of Facts
  • Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 for failure to timely & accurately report deposits, contributions & expenditures by filing C-3 & C-4 reports with the PDC
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59326
59315 10/28/2019 Glen Morgan Citizens for Lopez Solid Waste Levy Citizens for Lopez Solid Waste Levy: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205(5) & .240(11) & WAC 390-16-011A by failing to include sponsor name in registered committee name on reports during election years 2016 & 2019. (Oct '19) wac 390-16-011a, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.205 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205(5) & WAC 390-16-011A for failure to include sponsor name (Solid Waste Alternative Program) in registered committee name on C-1PC report during election years 2016 & 2019
  • Allegation Two: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.240(11) by failing to include sponsor name in registered committee name on C-3 report
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59315
59313 10/28/2019 Glen Morgan Megan Dunn Dunn, Megan: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately and completely file reports of expenditures (C-4 reports) (EY 19, Oct 19) RCW.42.17A.240 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Glen Morgan filed on October 26, 2019. The complaint alleged that Megan Dunn (Respondent), a Candidate for County Council Member for Snohomish County Council may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to completely 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 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to 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 does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Megan Dunn about the importance of the timely, complete and accurate disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities, including the filing fee, and the timely, complete and accurate 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59313
59312 10/28/2019 Glen Morgan SeaTac Progress PAC (sponsored by John Wyble) SeaTac Progress PAC (sponsored by John Wyble) (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to accurately disclose Top 5 Contributors on political advertising and .240 for failure to accurately disclose contributor address (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.240 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to accurately and completely disclose Top 5 Contributors on political advertising.
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately disclose contributor address.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59312
59303 10/28/2019 Erik Larson Pete Schave Schave, Pete: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.020 and WAC 390-16-043 for failure to provide access to campaign records and books of account for public inspection(EY 19, Oct 19) WAC 390-16-043 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Erik Larson filed on October 25, 2019. The complaint alleged that Pete Schave (Respondent), a Candidate for Mayor for City of Aberdeen may have violated RCW 42.17A.020, .235 and WAC 390-16-043 for failure to provide access to campaign records and books of account for public inspection.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements and the response provided by the Respondent to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance there is no evidence to support a finding of a violation and does not warrant 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59303
59299 10/28/2019 Douglas Speas No to Camas Pool Bond (Camas Taxpayers Alliance) No to Camas Pool Bond: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .235, .240 & .220(4) for failure to register as a political committee, timely & accurately report contributions & expenditures; and by accumulating more than $300 in unidentified contributions. (EY '19; Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.205 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to register as a political committee
  • Allegation Two: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 for failure to timely & accurately report contributions & expenditures
  • Allegation Three: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.220(4) by accumulating more than $300 in unidentified contributions
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59299
59238 10/25/2019 Glen Morgan Seattle Firefighters Union, Local 27 Voluntary PAC Seattle Fire Fighters Union Local 27: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.420 for for exceeding contribution limitations within 21 days of an election (EY 17, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.420 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.420 for for exceeding contribution limitations within 21 days of an election
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59238
59237 10/25/2019 Glen Morgan Fuse Votes PAC Fuse Votes (2): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.420 for for exceeding contribution limitations within 21 days of an election (EY 16, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.420 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.420 for for exceeding contribution limitations within 21 days of an election
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59237
59233 10/25/2019 Glen Morgan Smart Reforms for a Better Spokane Smart Reforms for a Better Spokane: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately disclose contributor address and expenditure details (EY 19; Oct 19) WAC 390-16-037, RCW 42.17A.240, wac 390-16-205 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately disclose contributor address information.
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.240, WAC 390-16-037, and WAC 390-16-205 for failure to provide complete and accurate details of expenditures, including sub-vendors utilized by the campaign. 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59233
59232 10/25/2019 Glen Morgan A Better Spokane A Better Spokane: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 and .205 for failure to accurately disclose contributor addresses and name of committee sponsor (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.205, wac 390-16-011a, RCW 42.17A.240 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately and completely disclose contributor address information.
  • Allegation Two: Violations of RCW 42.17A.205 and .320, and WAC 390-16-011A for failure to disclose the name of Standard Trust as the sponsoring person in the committee's name on the Political Committee Registration (C-1pc report).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59232
59229 10/25/2019 Glen Morgan Better Spokane PAC Better Spokane PAC: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 and .205 for failure to accurately disclose contributor addresses, name of committee sponsor, and expenditure details (EY 19; Oct 19) WAC 390-16-037, wac 390-16-011a, RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.240, wac 390-16-205 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately and completely disclose contributor address information.
  • Allegation Two: Violations of RCW 42.17A.205 and .320, and WAC 390-16-011A for failure to disclose the name of Standard Trust as the sponsoring person in the committee's name on the Political Committee Registration (C-1pc report) and on political advertising.
  • Allegation Three: Violations of RCW 42.17A.240, WAC 390-16-037, and WAC 390-16-205 for failure to accurately disclose details of expenditures, including the number of items printed, and sub-vendors utilized by the campaign for political advertising.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59229
59228 10/25/2019 Glen Morgan NICOLAS DUCHASTEL Duchastel Nicolas: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose accurate and complete sponsor identification on political advertising (EY 19, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Glen Morgan filed on October 25, 2019. The complaint alleged that Nicolas Duchastel (Respondent), a Candidate for City Council Member for City of Woodinville may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to provide sponsor identification, including the name and address of the sponsor, on political advertising.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements and the response provided by the Respondent to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to provide sponsor identification on political advertising does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Nicolas Duchastel about the importance of including sponsor identification, including name and address of the sponsor, on political advertising 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59228
59226 10/25/2019 Richard Gustafson Luis Berbesi Berbesi, Luis: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose accurate and complete sponsor identification on political advertising (EY 19, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Richard Gustafson filed on October 24, 2019. The complaint alleged that Luis Berbesi (Respondent), a Candidate for City Council Member for the City of Shoreline may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose accurate and complete sponsor identification on political advertising.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, reporting requirements and the responses provided by the Respondent to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to provide complete and accurate sponsor identification on political advertising does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Luis Berbesi about the importance of disclosing complete and accurate sponsor identification on political advertising, including name and address of sponsor, 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59226
59225 10/25/2019 Glen Morgan Citizens for Liberty and Labor Citizens for Liberty and Labor: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose Top Three Donors to PAC Contributors in political advertising (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder

The complaints alleged Citizens for Liberty and Labor PAC, a Continuing Political Committee, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 by failing to disclose the “Top Three Donors to PAC Contributors” in political advertising.

PDC staff has determined that, in this instance, the alleged failure to disclose the Top Three donors to a PAC’s contributors when the sponsor identification for political advertising includes the Top Five contributors and one or more of those contributors are PACs, does not amount to a violation warranting further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Citizens for Liberty and Labor about the importance of listing the Top Three donors to PAC contributors 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). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59225
59218 10/25/2019 Glen Morgan Washington Health Care Association PAC Washington Health Care Association PAC: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.420 for exceeding contribution limitations within 21 days of an election (EY 18, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.420 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.420 for exceeding contribution limitations within 21 days of an election
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59218
59212 10/25/2019 Glen Morgan UA Local 32 Pipe PAC UA Local 32 Pipe PAC: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.420 for exceeding contribution limitations within 21 days of an election (EY 18, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.420 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.420 for exceeding contribution limitations within 21 days of an election
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59212
59175 10/24/2019 Glen Morgan Woodinville Citizens First Woodinville Citizens First: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .210 and .215 for failure to timely and accurately file Committee Registration; RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose complete sponsor identification on political advertising (EY 19 Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .210 and .215 for failure to timely and accurately file Committee Registration (C-1)
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose complete sponsor identification on political advertising
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59175
59162 10/24/2019 Glen Morgan Citizens for Community Driven Prosperity PAC Citizens for Community Driven Prosperity PAC: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205(5) & .240(11) and WAC 390-16-011A by failing to include sponsor name in registered committee name on reports during election years 2017 & 2019. (Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.240, wac 390-16-011a Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205(5) & WAC 390-16-011A for failure to include sponsor name (Community Driven Prosperity) in registered committee name on C-1PC report during election years 2017 & 2019
  • Allegation Two: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.240(11) by failing to include sponsor name in registered committee name on C-3 and C-4 reports
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59162
59160 10/24/2019 Fennelle Miller Lisa Young Young, Lisa: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities to support the election campaign of Candidate Cory Wright (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for authorizing the use of public emails to support the election campaign of Candidate Cory Wright.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59160
59159 10/24/2019 Fennelle Miller Cory Wright Wright, Cory: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities to support the candidate's own election campaign (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for authorizing the use of public emails, and authorizing other public employees to use public emails, to support the candidate's own election campaign. 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59159
59158 10/24/2019 Ken Maurice Lee Nadine Woodward Woodward, Nadine (2): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.710 for failure to accurately and completely disclose personal financial information on Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1) (EY 19, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.710 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The complaint alleged Nadine Woodward, a 2019 Candidate for City of Spokane Mayor, may have violated RCW 42.17A.710 by failing to accurately and completely disclose personal financial information on a Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1) report.

PDC staff has determined, in this instance, the alleged violation of failing to accurately and completely disclose personal financial information on a Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1) report does not amount to a violation warranting 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). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59158
59154 10/24/2019 Steven Fox Kelly Geiger Geiger, Kelly: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to provide sufficient expenditure details on C-4 reports for election year 2017. (Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.240 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to provide sufficient expenditure details on C-4 reports for election year 2017 (e.g. signs, handouts & flyers)
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59154
59150 10/24/2019 Glen Morgan Keep Washington Rolling Keep Washington Rolling: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose top contributors in sponsor identification, and RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately and completely disclose expenditure details (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.240, WAC 390-16-037, RCW 42.17A.320, wac 390-16-205 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose top contributors in sponsor identification on political advertising.
  • Allegation Two: Violations of RCW 42.17A.240, WAC 390-16-037, and WAC 390-16-205 for failure to completely and accurately disclose details of expenditures undertaken by the campaign, such as the number of items printed and TV station breakdown.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59150
59148 10/24/2019 James Young Mike Wallin Wallin, Mike: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely and accurately report contributions and expenditures (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Jim Young filed on October 23, 2019. The complaint alleged that Mike Wallin (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for City Council Member for the City of Longview, may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 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 RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately disclose contributions and expenditures undertaken by the Campaign.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file the 21-day pre-general C-4 report does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Mike Wallin about the importance of the timely disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities. PDC staff expects 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59148
59146 10/24/2019 Glen Morgan Safer Spokane Safer Spokane (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 for accepting over-limit anonymous contributions, and .240 for failure to accurately and completely disclose expenditure details (EY 17; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.220, WAC 390-16-037 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Glen Morgan filed on October 23, 2019. The complaint alleged that Safer Spokane (Respondent), a 2017 single-year political committee, may have violated RCW 42.17A.220 for accepting over-limit anonymous contributions; and RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-037 for failure to disclose the number of items printed for expenditures for political advertising. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to disclose the number of items printed for political advertising does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Safer Spokane about the importance of the timely, complete, and accurate disclosure of all expenditure details. PDC staff expects full disclosure of expenditure details in accordance with PDC laws and rules in the future.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59146
59100 10/23/2019 Glen Morgan Mark Ozias Ozias, Mark: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 & 240 for failure to timely & accurately report 2015 filing fee, carry forward cash from 2015 to 2019, and expenditure details for election years 2015 & 2019. (Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 & 240 for failure to timely & accurately report 2015 filing fee
  • Allegation Two: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 & 240 for failure to timely & accurately report carry forward cash from 2015 to 2019
  • Allegation Three: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 & 240 for failure to timely & accurately provide expenditure details for election years 2015 & 2019
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59100
59068 10/23/2019 Orla Poole No Federal Way Pot Retailers No Federal Way Pot Retailers: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .235, .240 & .320 for failure to timely & accurately register political committeee, report contributions & expenditures, and identify sponsor on political advertising RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.205 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .235 & .240 for failure to timely register as a political committee and timely & accurately report contributions & expenditures 
  • Allegation Two: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to identify sponsor on political advertising (ad in Federal Way Mirror, committee’s website & Facebook page)
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59068
59064 10/23/2019 Alexander Ramel Coalition for a Better Northwest Washington Coalition for a Better Northwest Washington: Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to timely deposit and report contributions and pledges, and for accepting over-limit contributions within 21 days of an election RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.420, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.220 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.220 for failure to timely deposit contributions within five business days of receipt.
  • Allegation Two: Violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely report pledges of contributions.
  • Allegation Three: Violations of RCW 42.17A.420 for accepting contributions exceeding $5,000 from any single source within 21 days of an election.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59064
59039 10/22/2019 Charles Eakins, Glen Morgan, John Wissler, and Edwin Pole, II City of Olympia Officials City of Olympia Officials (2): Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities to oppose a ballot proposition (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.555 Investigation of Possible Violation
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities to design, produce, and distribute a mailer in opposition to Initiative 976.
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor identification on political advertising in opposition to Initiative 976.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59039
59019 10/22/2019 Glen Morgan Mia Gregerson Gregerson, Mia (3): Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to timely and accurately report transfers of real property, debts, expenditures, and for unauthorized transfers of funds (Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.490, RCW 42.17A.240, WAC 390-16-037, RCW 42.17A.430, RCW 42.17A.235 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to report transfers of real property to satisfy campaign debts and obligations.
  • Allegation Two: Violations of RCW 42.17A.430 for unauthorized disposal of surplus funds.
  • Allegation Three: Violations of RCW 42.17A.490 and WAC 390-16-230 for unauthorized transfer of funds between campaigns for different offices, beyond the PDC's five-year statute of limitations at RCW 42.17A.770.
  • Allegation Four: Violations of RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-037 for failure to disclose detailed, complete, and accurate descriptions of expenditures.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59019
59010 10/22/2019 Ignacio Resendez Mike Farmer Farmer, Mike: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely file Campaign Registration report (C-1 report) (EY 19, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.205 Unfounded or Frivolous

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Ignacio Resendez filed on October 21, 2019. The complaint alleged that Mike Farmer, a City Council Member candidate for City of Sunnyside may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely file their Candidate Registration report (C-1 report).

Staff has determined that in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.

The PDC has closed the matter and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.

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) and WAC 390-37-060(1)(a).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59010
59005 10/22/2019 Charles Schrag Egan Orion Orion, Egan (4): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely and accurately report contributions and expenditures (EY 19, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.235 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely and accurately report contributions and expenditures
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/59005
58969 10/21/2019 Glen Morgan Brandi Peetz Peetz, Brandi (2): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to timely and accurately report debts and obligations (EY 19, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Glen Morgan filed on October 21, 2019. The complaint alleged that Brandi Peetz, a Candidate for City Council Member for City of Spokane Valley may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to timely and accurately file Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports), disclosing debts and obligations undertaken by the Campaign. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by the Respondent; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file the C-4 report reflecting debt and obligation undertaken by the campaign does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Brandi Peetz about the importance of the timely disclosure of all debts and obligations undertaken by the campaign 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58969
58919 10/21/2019 Kelly Geiger Steven C Fox Fox, Steven C.: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to provide sufficient expenditure details on C-4 reports. (EY '19; Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.240 Request for Technical Correction
  • Allegation: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to provide sufficient expenditure details on C-4 reports (e.g. number of signs & mailers purchased, purpose/description of Visa card purchase, etc.)
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58919
58914 10/21/2019 Glen Morgan SeaTac Progress PAC (sponsored by John Wyble) SeaTac Progress PAC (sponsored by John Wyble): Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to accurately register, report addresses, and disclose sub-vendors (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.205, wac 390-16-011a, RCW 42.17A.260, wac 390-16-205, RCW 42.17A.305, RCW 42.17A.255, RCW 42.17A.240 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.255, .260, and .305 for failure to accurately disclose address of sponsor on reports of independent expenditures and electioneering communications.
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.205 and WAC 390-16-011A for failure to disclose the name of sponsoring person on the political committee registration.
  • Allegation Three: Violations of RCW 42.17A.255, .260, and .305, and WAC 390-16-205 for failure to disclose sub-vendors utilized by sponsors of independent expenditures and electioneering communications.
  • Allegation Three: Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately report the address of a contributor.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58914
58825 10/18/2019 Glen Morgan Spokane Firefighters Union PAC Spokane Firefighters Union PAC: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220, .235, and .240 for failure to timely and accurately deposit and report contributions (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235 Request for Technical Correction

The complaint alleged the Spokane Firefighters Union PAC (Committee), a continuing political committee, may have violated RCW 42.17A.220 by failing to timely deposit contributions within five business days of receipt and RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing to timely and accurately report deposits of contributions.

Staff has determined, in this instance, and due to Committee’s reporting the carry-forward balance in all 2018 reports, the alleged failure to accurately report the 2018 election year cash-on-hand balance on the initial 2019 election year C-4 reports does not amount to a violation warranting further investigation. 

The Spokane Firefighters Union PAC made minor or ministerial errors on required reports, which did not materially impact the public interest. Upon notification of these errors, the Spokane Firefighters Union PAC timely amended its reports, making the necessary technical corrections as requested by staff. 

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). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58825
58807 10/17/2019 Darnell Hibbler Egan Orion Orion, Egan (3): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to provide sponsor identification on political advertising; RCW 42.17A.335 for false and defamatory statements in political advertising (EY 19, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.335, RCW 42.17A.320 Closed Administratively

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Darnell Hibbler filed on October 16, 2019. Your complaint alleged that Egan Orion (Respondent) may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to provide sponsor identification on political advertising; RCW 42.17A.335 for false or defamatory statements in political advertising.

Based on these findings, staff has determined that, pursuant to WAC 390-37-061(3), to defer the complaint regarding sponsor identification to the jurisdiction of the SEEC because the alleged violation was resolved under an analogous local ordinance, and in the matter of the false or defamatory statements in political advertising staff has determined that, in this instance, insufficient evidence supports a finding of a violation that warrants further investigation. The PDC has dismissed this complaint in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1) and will not be pursing further investigation or enforcement action in this case. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58807
58801 10/17/2019 Joan Halbert Pete Miller Miller, Peter: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor identification on billboard political advertising (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.320 Closed Administratively
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor identification on billboard political advertising.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58801
58800 10/17/2019 Joan Halbert Malia Hollowell Hollowell, Malia: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor identification on billboard political advertising (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.320 Closed Administratively
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor identification on billboard political advertising.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58800
58745 10/16/2019 Washington Fairness Campaign (James Williams) Let People Vote/ Reject R-88 Let People Vote/ Reject R-88: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely and accurately report expenditures or in-kind contributions for security (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with Reminder

The complaint alleged Let People Vote, a ballot measure committee opposing Referendum 88, may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing to timely and accurately report monetary expenditures or the receipt of in-kind contributions for security provided by the Proud Boys.

Volunteers (who are not paid by anyone in connection with the volunteer tasks they perform) may do certain campaign work without the Committee having to report the services as in-kind contributions. There is no indication the services provided by the Proud Boys are services the group typically provides for a fee.  

Based on these findings, staff has determined in this instance the alleged failure to timely and accurately report expenditures or in-kind contributions for security from the Proud Boys does not amount to a violation warranting further investigation.  

PDC staff is reminding Let People Vote about the importance of clarifying what services will be provided when making agreements with volunteers who provide services outside the common volunteer functions listed in WAC 390-17-405, 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). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58745
58722 10/16/2019 Amanda Zimmerman Clay Shaya Shaya, Clay: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .700 & .235 for failure to register as a candidate & file financial affairs statement within 2 weeks of declaring candidacy & timely report contributions & expenditures. (EY '19) (Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.700, RCW 42.17A.205 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to register as a candidate with PDC within two weeks of declaring candidacy
  • Allegation Two:  Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to file a statement of financial affairs with PDC within two weeks of declaring candidacy  
  • Allegation Three:  Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions & expenditures
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58722
58719 10/16/2019 Abraham Ritter, Joan Halbert Peter Miller Miller, Peter: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to identify sponsor on political advertising (billboard). (EY '19; Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to identify sponsor on political advertising (billboard)
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58719
58718 10/16/2019 Abraham Ritter, Joan Halbert Malia Hollowell Hollowell, Malia: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to identify sponsor on political advertising (billboard). (EY '19; Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to identify sponsor on political advertising (billboard)
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58718
58694 10/15/2019 David Asher Martin Morgan Morgan, Martin: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .215, 235 & .240 for failure to timely register as a candidate & report depository in 2019; and report deposits, contributions & expenditures for election years 2015, 2017 & 2019. (Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.215, RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.235 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 & .215 for failure to timely register as a candidate & disclose depository for election year 2019 
  • Allegation Two: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 for failure to timely & accurately report deposits, contributions & expenditures (e.g. candidate filing fee; campaign yard signs, website & business cards) in election years 2015, 2017 & 2019
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58694
58674 10/15/2019 Andrew Saturn Egan Orion Orion, Egan (2): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.335 for false and defamatory statements in political advertising (EY 19, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.335 Closed Administratively

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Andrew Saturn filed on October 15, 2019. The complaint alleged that Egan Orion (Respondent), a Candidate for City Council Member for City of Seattle may have violated RCW 42.17A.335 for false or defamatory statements in political advertisements. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Respondent to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, insufficient 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58674
58473 10/10/2019 Glen Morgan City of Camas Officials City of Camas Officials: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities to support a ballot proposition (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violations of RCW 42.17A.555 by Greg Anderson, Ellen Burton, Bonnie Carter, Don Chaney, Steve Hogan, Deanna Rusch, Melissa Smith, Shannon Turk, Pete Capell, and Jerry Acheson, to support a ballot proposition.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58473
58457 10/10/2019 John Patrick Kelly Mark Michel Michel, Mark: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.335(1)(b) for misuse of the term "reelect" in political advertising (EY '19; Oct '19). RCW 42.17A.335 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
  • Allegation: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.335(1)(b) for misuse of the term "reelect" in political advertising. 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58457
58357 10/09/2019 Chase Broderick Egan Orion Orion, Egan: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to provide sponsor identification on political advertising (EY 19, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.320 Closed Administratively

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its initial review of the complaint Chase Burns and Allison Hopstad filed on October 9, 2019. Your complaint alleged that Egan Orion (Respondent) may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to provide sponsor identification on political advertising. 

Based on these initial findings, staff has determined that, pursuant to WAC 390-37-061(3), to defer this complaint to the jurisdiction of the SEEC because the alleged violation was resolved under an analogous local ordinance. The PDC has dismissed this complaint in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1) and will not be pursing further investigation or enforcement action in this case. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58357
58353 10/09/2019 Chestine Edgar James Dow Constantine Constantine, James Dow (2): Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public office or agency facilities to assist an election campaign. (EY 2017; Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on October 2, 2019. The complaint alleged that James Dow Constantine, incumbent King County Executive, may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by arranging and holding a press conference that included campaigning for four candidates for Burien City Council running in the 2017 election and by authorizing his staff members, Lauren Leigh Craig and Diana Carlson, to assist with the event in their official capacity, including the use of King County equipment and staff time.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes and rules; PDC Interpretation 04-02; and the response provided by Gregory Wong, Attorney with Pacifica Law Group on behalf of his client, Mr. Constantine, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

It appears that the October 30, 2017 press conference was arranged for the purpose of responding to flyers, that were seen by community members as a “threat to public safety” and were circulated to residents of Burien four days earlier. No evidence was found that Dow Constantine used King County equipment, staff or other resources to support the 2017 Burien City Council candidate campaigns of Jimmy Matta, Krystal Marx, Pedro Olguin or Nancy Tosta.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58353
58350 10/09/2019 Nola Coston Linda Susan Moschetti-Newing Moschetti-Newing, Linda Susan: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public office or agency facilities (library) to assist an election campaign. (EY '19; Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
  • Allegation: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public office or agency facilities (Newcastle Library) to assist an election campaign
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58350
58346 10/09/2019 Nola Coston Allen Dauterman Dauterman, Allen: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public office or agency facilities (library, city park) to assist an election campaign. (EY '19; Oct '19) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public office or agency facilities (Newcastle Library) to assist an election campaign 
  • Allegation Two: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public office or agency facilities (city park) to assist an election campaign
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58346
58314 10/08/2019 Arthur David Churchman Charla Neuman Neuman, Charla: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file Personal Financial Affairs Statement reports (F-1 reports) (EY 19, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.700 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint David Churchman filed on October 8, 2019. The complaint alleged that Charla Neuman (Respondent), a Candidate for City Council Member for City of Sumner may have violated RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file Personal Financial Affairs Statement reports (F-1 reports). 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements and the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file the F-1 report does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Charla Neuman will receive a formal written warning concerning failure to timely file their F-1 report. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Charla Neuman timely files all future required Personal Financial Affairs Statements. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58314
58311 10/08/2019 Miki Mullor Kathleen Huckabay Livable Sammamish: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately report contributor information on Receipts & Expenditure Summary reports (C-4 reports) (EY 19, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.240 Request for Technical Correction

The complaint alleged Livable Sammamish Sponsored by Merrill Company (Committee), a continuing committee, may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 by failing to accurately report contributor information. 

PDC staff has determined, in this instance, the alleged failure to accurately report contributor information, does not amount to a violation warranting further investigation. The minor or ministerial error on required reports did not materially impact the public interest. Upon notification of this error, the Committee timely amended the report, making the necessary technical correction as requested by staff. 

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). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58311
58201 10/04/2019 Glen Morgan Monica Mickhager Mickhager, Monica: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.235, .240 for failure to timely and accurately file expenditure reports (C-4 reports) (EY 19, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Glen Morgan filed on October 4, 2019. The complaint alleged that Monica Mickhager (Respondent), a Candidate for City Council Member for City of Port Townsend may have violated 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. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, 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 does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Monica Mickhager about the importance of the timely and accurate disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities, including the filing fee, 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58201
58200 10/04/2019 Glen Morgan Sofia Aragon Aragon, Sofia (2): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.430 for prohibited distribution of funds from one candidate or candidate committee to another candidate or candidate committee (EY 19, Oct 19) RCW 42..17A.430 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Glen Morgan filed on October 3, 2019. The complaint alleged that Sofia Aragon (Respondent), a Candidate for City Council Member for City of Burien may have violated RCW 42.17A.430 for prohibited distribution of funds from one candidate or candidate committee to another candidate or candidate committee.

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

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance there does not appear to be evidence that 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58200
58195 10/04/2019 James Luce Dale Rice Rice, Dale: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17.235 and .240 for failure to timely and accurately report contributions and expenditures and RCW 42.17A.205 for failing to timely register as a candidate with the PDC within two weeks of candidacy. (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Reminder

The complaint alleged Dale Rice, a candidate for Vancouver School Board, Position 1, may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failing to timely and accurately report contributions and expenditures. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58195
58190 10/04/2019 Glen Morgan Krystal Marx Marx, Krystal (5): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.700, .710 for failure to accurately & timely report Personal Financial Affairs Statement reports (F-1 reports); RCW 42.17A.235, .240 for failure to accurately & timely report contributions and expenditures reports (C-3 & C-4 reports) (Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.700, RCW 42.17A.710, RCW 42.17A.240 Assessment of Facts
  • Alleged Violation One:  RCW 42.17A.700, .710 for failure to accurately & timely report Personal Financial Affairs Statement reports (F-1 reports)
  • Alleged Violation Two: RCW 42.17A.235, .240 for failure to accurately & timely report contributions and expenditures reports (C-3 & C-4 reports)
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58190
58175 10/04/2019 Glen Morgan Pedro Olguin Olguin, Pedro (7): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.700, .710 for failure to timely and accurately file Personal Financial Affairs Statement reports (F-1 reports) (Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.710, RCW 42.17A.700 Assessment of Facts
  • Alleged Violation: RCW 42.17A.700, .710 for failure to timely and accurately file Personal Financial Affairs Statement reports (F-1 reports)
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58175
58161 10/03/2019 PDC Staff Darold Brandenburg Brandenburg, Darold: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .235, .240, and WAC 390-16-125 by failing to timely change from the Mini Reporting Option to the Full Reporting Option, and to timely file the accompanying reports (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235, WAC 390-16-125 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Violation of WAC 390-16-125 for exceeding Mini-Reporting limitations without prior authorization from the Public Disclosure Commission.
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely file an amended Candidate Registration (C-1 report) changing from the Mini Reporting to Full Reporting option.
  • Allegation Three: Violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely file Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure Reports (C-4 reports) as required for a Candidate required to be under the Full Reporting option.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58161
58157 10/03/2019 PDC Staff Thomas Moak Moak, Thomas: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .235, .240, and WAC 390-16-125 by failing to timely change from the Mini Reporting Option to the Full Reporting Option, and to timely file the accompanying reports (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.240, WAC 390-16-125 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Violation of WAC 390-16-125 for exceeding Mini-Reporting limitations without prior authorization from the Public Disclosure Commission.
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely file an amended Candidate Registration (C-1 report) changing from the Mini Reporting to Full Reporting option.
  • Allegation Three: Violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely file Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure Reports (C-4 reports) as required for a Candidate required to be under the Full Reporting option.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58157
58155 10/03/2019 PDC Staff Tam Dinh Dinh, Tam: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .235, .240, and WAC 390-16-125 by failing to timely change from the Mini Reporting Option to the Full Reporting Option, and to timely file the accompanying reports (EY 19; Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.235, WAC 390-16-125, RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.240 Resolved through Statement of Understanding

A PDC staff generated complaint was filed against Tam Dinh, a 2019 candidate for School Director for Mercer Island School District 400, for exceeding the limitations of the Mini Reporting Option.   

On June 26, 2019, PDC staff Ms. Dinh a letter approving her Campaign to change from the Mini Reporting Option to the Full Reporting Option despite her 2019 Campaign receiving $6,152 in total contributions, which exceeded the contribution limits of the Mini Reporting Option by $1,152.

On November 7, 2019, PDC staff received a signed Statement of Understanding (SOU) from Tam Dinh aong with a $150 civil penalty payment, acknowledging violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .235, and .240 by exceeding the contribution limitations of the Mini Reporting Option, and resolving this matter.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58155
58134 10/03/2019 PDC Staff Jorge Chacón Chacón, Jorge: Alleged violation of WAC 390-16-125 for exceeding Mini Reporting limitations without prior authorization from the PDC (EY 19; Oct 19) WAC 390-16-125 Assessment of Facts

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the staff-generated complaint initiated on October 3, 2019. The complaint alleged that Jorge Chacón (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for City Council Member for the City of Wenatchee may have violated WAC 390-16-125 for exceeding the limitations of the Mini Reporting option without prior written authorization from the PDC. 
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent; the Respondent’s request to change reporting options; 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. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, exceeding the limitations of the Mini Reporting option without prior written authorization from the PDC does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation. 

Jorge Chacón completed a Statement of Understanding (SOU) and paid a $150 civil penalty in accordance with WAC 390-37-143 (Brief Enforcement Penalty Schedule), acknowledging violations of WAC 390-16-125 for exceeding the limitations of the Mini Reporting option without prior written authorization from the PDC. The $150 penalty assessed resolves the allegations in this complaint. 

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). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58134
58104 10/02/2019 Deborah Treen Karen Howe Howe, Karen: Alleged Violation RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report monetary or in-kind contributions and expenditures reports (C-3 & C-4 reports) (EY19, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

On September 30, 2019, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint alleging that Karen Howe, a candidate for City Council Member for the City of Sammamish Position 4 in 2019, may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely and accurately file the Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure report (C-4 report) disclosing expenditures undertaken by the campaign. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegation, including the applicable statutes, rules and the reporting requirement and found that Ms. Howe reported the expenditure at issue in this complaint on September 17, 2019. 

Based on this finding staff determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation. 

Based on this information, staff dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58104
58103 10/02/2019 Deborah Treen Rituja Indapure Indapure, Rituja: Alleged Violation RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report monetary or in-kind contributions and expenditures reports (C-3 & C-4 reports) (EY19, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint you filed on September 30, 2019. The complaint alleged that Rituja Indapure (Respondent), a Candidate for City County for City of Sammamish may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 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 the Respondent; and the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, the timely filing of the C-4 report reflecting the expenditure leaves no evidence supporting a finding of a violation that warrants further investigation.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58103
58102 10/02/2019 Glen Morgan Daniel Hammill Hammill, Daniel: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to provide sufficient expenditure details & report candidate filing fee (EY '19; Sep '19) RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to provide sufficient expenditure details & report candidate filing fee
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58102
58101 10/02/2019 Glen Morgan Elizabeth Hartsoch Hartsoch, Elizabeth "Beth": Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to provide sufficient expenditure details & report candidate filing fee (EY '19; Sep '19) RCW 42.17A.240 Request for Technical Correction

On September 2019, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint alleging the Elizabeth Hartsoch, a candidate for City Council Member for the City of Bellingham in 2019, may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 by failing to provide sufficient expenditure details and for failure to report the candidate registration/filing fee. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegation, and the May and July 2019 C-4 reports filed by Ms. Hartsoch and found that the Campaign, through its consultant, made a $1,302.21 expenditure towards "pieces of walk literature," but failed to include the number of literature materials purchased. Staff also found that the Campaign initially neglected to report the PDC filing fee as required by the law/rule, but later amended both C-4 reports and included the required details. 

Staff determined that the noncompliance was a result of a minor error, which the Campaign remedied  by filing amended C-4 reports as soon as it received a copy of the complaint. Staff also noted that Ms. Hartsoch is a first-time candidate who does not have any prior violations with the PDC. 

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, the Campaign's failure to properly and accurately describe an expenditure and report a contribution for registration fee, is a violation that does not warrant further investigation. 

Ms. Hartsoch made a minor or ministerial error(s) on a few expenditures already disclosed on her C-4 reports, which did not materially impact the public interest since the expenditures were timely disclosed on the initial reports, except for the filing fee, which was included after the May 2019 C-4 was amended. After being notified of the error(s) by the PDC, Ms. Hartsoch amended the C-4 reports after four days of receiving the complaint disclosing  the proper expenditure descriptions and making the necessary technical corrections. 

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

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58101
58100 10/02/2019 Chandler Bailey Mead Citizens Advisory Committee Mead Citizens Advisory Committee: Alleged Violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .215 for failure to timely file a registration report; RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions and expenditures reports (EY 19, Oct 19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.215, RCW 42.17A.210 Assessment of Facts
  • Alleged Violation One: RCW 42.17A.205, .210 & .215 for failure to timely file a committee registration report, disclosing treasurer and depository information (C-1pc report).
  • Alleged Violation Two: RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions and expenditures reports (C-3 and C-4 reports)
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58100
58099 10/02/2019 Glen Morgan Hollie Huthman Huthman, Hollie: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to provide sufficient expenditure details (EY '19; Sep '19) RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with Reminder

The complaint alleged Hollie Huthman, a 2019 candidate for Bellingham City Council, may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-037 for failing to completely and accurately report expenditure details.

PDC staff has determined that, in this instance, the alleged failure to completely and accurately report expenditure details does not amount a violation warranting further investigation. 

PDC staff is reminding Huthman about the importance of completely and accurately reporting expenditure details. 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58099
58094 10/02/2019 Glen Morgan April Barker Barker, April: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.445 & .240 for personal use of campaign contributions & failure to provide sufficient expenditure details (EY '19; Sep '19) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.445 Request for Technical Correction

On September 27, 2019, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint from Glen Morgan alleging that April Barker, a candidate for Mayor for the City of Bellingham in 2019, may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 and .445 by failing to provide sufficient expenditure details and for personal us of campaign contributions. 

Staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules and reporting requirements; the C-3 and C-4 reports filed by the April Barker for Bellingham Committee and determined that the two expenditures mentioned in the complaint lacked proper or complete description as required by PDC law/rules. Regarding the allegation of alleged misuse of campaign funds for personal use, staff found that the two expenditures to Verizon Wireless for cellular phone service for the Campaign covering the months of June and July 2019, were not for Ms. Barker's personal use, but rather a specific/dedicated campaign line.

Staff determined that the noncompliance was a result of a minor error, which the Campaign remedied by filing amended C-4 reports as soon as they received a copy of the complaint. 

Based on this information, the PDC finds that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755 (1). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58094
58089 10/02/2019 Glen Morgan Phyllis Joy Gilfilen Gilfilen, Phyllis Joy: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.445, .240 & .700 for personal use of campaign contributions, failure to provide sufficient expenditure details & disclose obligations/debt on financial affairs statement. (EY '19; Sep '19) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.700, RCW 42.17A.445 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on September 26, 2019. Your complaint alleged that Phyllis Joy Gilfilen, a candidate for  Whatcom County Sheriff in 2019, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.445(2) & WAC 390-16-238 for personal use of campaign funds; (2) RCW 42.17A.240 & WAC 390-16-037 for failure to accurately describe expenditures on Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports); and (3) RCW 42.17A.700 & .710 for failure to timely and accurately file Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report) as a candidate.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Phyllis Joy Gilfilen; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

The complaint included an additional allegation regarding a possible misuse of the Schedule A to the C-4 report’s un-itemized expenditures of $50 or less in the aggregate. No evidence was found that the JoyForSheriff campaign incorrectly disclosed expenditures reported in this section of the C-4 reports filed for the 2019 campaign.

Phyllis Joy Gilfilen was an unsuccessful candidate in 2015 and had a separate individual acting as her treasurer and filing campaign reports. During the 2019 Whatcom County Sheriff campaign, she served as her own treasurer and did not list any other officers or committee members. It appears that her failure to disclose adequate descriptions for campaign expenditures on C-4 reports and her failure to disclose a reportable debt on her candidate F-1, was due to inexperience and general misunderstanding. Ms. Gilfilen responded promptly to the complaint and has not previously been found in violation of PDC laws or rules. 

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely and accurately file two C-4 reports and failure to include a reportable debt on the candidate F-1 report, does not amount to a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.

PDC staff reminded Ms. Gilfilen about the importance of the timely disclosure of all expenditure activities, specifically including any required detail and vendor breakdown as prescribed in WAC, and the timely and accurate disclosure of all reportable financial information on F-1 reports in any 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58089
58013 09/30/2019 Cody Hart Pat Beehler Beehler, Pat: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels and .640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign (EY 19; Sep 19) RCW 42.17A.640, RCW 42.17A.635 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Cody Hart filed on September 30, 2019. The complaint alleged that Pat Beehler (Respondent), a public employee for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), may have violated RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels and RCW 42.17A.640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by the Respondent; and the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of the proper official channels and in the proper performance of official duties does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Pat Beehler will receive a formal written warning concerning indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of the proper official channels and in the proper performance of official duties. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Pat Beehler will not authorize the expenditure of public funds, whether direct or indirect, to lobby the legislature outside of the proper official channels and in proper performance of his official duties as a public employee. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58013
58011 09/30/2019 Cody Hart Derek Pohle Pohle, Derek: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels and .640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign (EY 19; Sep 19) RCW 42.17A.640, RCW 42.17A.635 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint you filed on September 30, 2019. The complaint alleged that Derek Pohle (Respondent), a public employee with the Washington State County Road Administration Board (CRAB) may have violated RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels and .640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response provided by the Respondent to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence support 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58011
58010 09/30/2019 Cody Hart Steve Collins Collins, Steve: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels and .640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign (EY 19; Sep 19) RCW 42.17A.640, RCW 42.17A.635 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Cody Hart filed on September 30, 2019. The complaint alleged that Steve Collins (Respondent), a public employee for the University of Washington Bothell (UWB) may have violated RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels for public agency lobbying; and RCW 42.17A.640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response provided by the Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, insufficient 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58010
58009 09/30/2019 Cody Hart Weston Dorszynski Dorszynski, Weston: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels and .640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign (EY 19; Sep 19) RCW 42.17A.640, RCW 42.17A.635 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Cody Hart filed on September 30, 2019. The complaint alleged that Weston Dorszynski (Respondent), a public employee for the City of Vancouver, may have violated RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels for public agency lobbying; and RCW 42.17A.640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response provided by the Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, insufficient 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58009
58008 09/30/2019 Cody Hart Jon Warren Warren, Jon: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels and .640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign (EY 19; Sep 19) RCW 42.17A.640, RCW 42.17A.635 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Cody Hart filed on September 30, 2019. The complaint alleged that Jon Warren (Respondent), a public employee for the City of Bellevue, may have violated RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels for public agency lobbying; and RCW 42.17A.640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response provided by the Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, insufficient 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58008
58007 09/30/2019 Cody Hart Thomas Barger Barger, Thomas: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels and .640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign (EY 19; Sep 19) RCW 42.17A.640, RCW 42.17A.635 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Cody Hart filed on September 30, 2019. The complaint alleged that Thomas Barger (Respondent), a public employee for the City of Seattle may have violated RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels for public agency lobbying; and RCW 42.17A.640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response provided by the Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, insufficient 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58007
58006 09/30/2019 Cody Hart James Wengler Wengler, James: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels and .640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign (EY 19; Sep 19) RCW 42.17A.640, RCW 42.17A.635 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Cody Hart filed on September 30, 2019. The complaint alleged that James Wengler (Respondent), a board member for the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors may have violated RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels for public agency lobbying; and RCW 42.17A.640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response provided by the Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, soliciting public employees to lobby the legislature outside of the proper official channels and in the proper performance of their official duties does not amount to a finding of a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding James Wengler about the importance of avoiding the expenditure of public funds, whether directly or indirectly, to lobby the legislature outside of the proper official channels and the proper performance of official duties. PDC staff expects that James Wengler will avoid using publicly funded email and telephone services to solicit personal support or opposition for legislation in the future.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58006
58005 09/30/2019 Cody Hart Doug Hendrickson Hendrickson, Doug: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels and .640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign (EY 19; Sep 19) RCW 42.17A.640, RCW 42.17A.635 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Cody Hart filed on September 30, 2019. The complaint alleged that Doug Hendrickson (Respondent), a board member for the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (BORPELS) may have violated RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels for public agency lobbying; and RCW 42.17A.640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response provided by the Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, insufficient evidence supports a 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58005
58004 09/30/2019 Cody Hart Marjorie Lund Lund, Marjorie: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels and .640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign (EY 19; Sep 19) RCW 42.17A.635, RCW 42.17A.640 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Cody Hart filed on September 30, 2019. The complaint alleged that Marjorie Lund (Respondent), a board member for the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors may have violated RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels for public agency lobbying; and RCW 42.17A.640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response provided by the Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, insufficient evidence supports a finding of 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58004
58003 09/30/2019 Cody Hart Aaron Blaisdell Blaisdell, Aaron: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels and .640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign (EY 19; Sep 19) RCW 42.17A.630, RCW 42.17A.640 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Cody Hart filed on September 30, 2019. The complaint alleged that Aaron Blaisdell (Respondent), a board member for the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors may have violated RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels for public agency lobbying; and RCW 42.17A.640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response provided by the Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, insufficient evidence supports a finding of 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58003
58001 09/30/2019 Cody Hart Ivan Van De Wege Van De Wege, Ivan: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels and .640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign (EY 19; Sep 19) RCW 42.17A.640, RCW 42.17A.635 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Cody Hart filed on September 30, 2019. The complaint alleged that Ivan Van De Wege (Respondent), a board member for the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors may have violated RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels for public agency lobbying; and RCW 42.17A.640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response provided by the Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, insufficient evidence supports a finding of 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58001
58000 09/30/2019 Cody Hart Nirmala Gnanapragasam Gnanapragasam, Nirmala: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels and .640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign (EY 19; Sep 19) RCW 42.17A.640, RCW 42.17A.635 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Cody Hart filed on September 30, 2019. The complaint alleged that Nirmala Gnanapragasam (Respondent), a board member for the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors may have violated RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels for public agency lobbying; and RCW 42.17A.640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response provided by the Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, insufficient evidence supports a finding of 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/58000
57964 09/30/2019 Glen Morgan Camille Diaz Hackler Diaz Hackler, Camille: Alleged Violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .215 for failure to timely file C-1 report; RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely file contribution and expenditure reports; RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file F-1 reports (EY 19, Sept 19) RCW 42.17A.700, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.215, RCW 42.17A.210, RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Glen Morgan filed 
on September 27, 2019. The complaint alleged that Camille Diaz Hackler (Respondent), a 
Candidate for School Director for Bellingham SD 501 may have violated RCW 42.17A.205, 
.210 and .215 for failure to timely file Campaign Registration reports (C-1 reports), disclosing 
treasurer and depository information; RCW 42.17A.235 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 RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file Personal Financial Affairs Statement 
reports (F-1 reports). 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the 
response provided by the Respondent; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent to 
determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 
 
Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file C-1 and F- 
1 reports does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation. 

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Camille Diaz Hackler will receive a formal written warning 
concerning failure to timely file Campaign Registration and Personal Financial Affairs Statement 
reports. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Camille Diaz Hackler 
timely files all future required reports. The Commission will consider the formal written warning 
in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57964
57959 09/30/2019 Glen Morgan Seth Fleetwood Fleetwood, Seth: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately and completely report expenditure details on Receipts & Expenditure Summary reports (C-4 reports) (EY 19, Sept 19) WAC 390-16-037, RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Glen Morgan filed on September 26, 2019. The complaint alleged that Seth Fleetwood, a Candidate for Mayor for City of Bellingham may have violated 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.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by the Respondent; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance failure to timely and accurately file Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Seth Fleetwood about the importance of the timely and accurate disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities, including the filing fee, 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57959
57854 09/26/2019 Glen Morgan Satpal Sidhu Sidhu, Satpal: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.445 for personal use of campaign funds, and RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately and completely report expenditures (EY 19; Sep 19) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.445, WAC 390-16-238, WAC 390-16-037 Case Closed with Reminder

The complaint alleged Satpal Sidhu, a 2019 candidate for Whatcom County Executive, may have violated RCW 42.17A.445 and WAC 390-16-238 for personal use of campaign contributions and RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-037 for failing to completely and accurately report expenditure details. 

PDC staff has determined that, in this instance, the alleged personal use of campaign contributions and failing to completely and accurately report expenditure details does not amount a violation warranting further investigation. Staff is reminding Sat pal Sidhu about the importance of completely and accurately reporting expenditure details.  

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57854
57847 09/26/2019 Cody Hart Ken Fuller Fuller, Ken: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels and .640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign (EY 19; Sep 19) RCW 42.17A.640, RCW 42.17A.635 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.635 for indirectly lobbying the legislature outside of authorized channels for public agency lobbying.
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.640 for failure to report a grass roots lobbying campaign.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57847
57786 09/24/2019 Brandon Franck Darren LaFavor Lafavor, Darren: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely register as a candidate with the PDC within two weeks of candidacy. (EY '19) (Sept '19) RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged Darren LaFavor, a 2019 candidate for Clark County Fire Protection District 6 Fire Commissioner, Position 2, may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 by failing to timely file a Candidate Registration (Form C-1) within two weeks of becoming a candidate. 

Staff has determined in this instance, the failure to timely register as a candidate with the PDC within two weeks of his candidacy does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation. 

However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), LaFavor will receive a formal written warning concerning his failure to timely register as a candidate with the PDC. The formal written warning will include PDC staff’s expectation Darren LaFavor file a Candidate Registration (C-1) timely in future elections.   

The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57786
57781 09/24/2019 Glen Morgan Jimmy Matta Matta, Jimmy: Alleged Violations of RCW 42.17A.700 & .710 for failure to report accurate and complete information on Personal Financial Affairs Statement reports (F-1 reports) (EY 19, Sept 19) RCW 42.17A.710, RCW42.17A.700 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Glen Morgan filed on September 20, 2019. The complaint alleged that Jimmy Matta (Respondent), a current City Council Member for the City of Burien may have violated RCW 42.17A.700, .710 for failure to report accurate and complete information on Personal Financial Affairs Statement reports (F-1 reports). 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by the Respondent and the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

F-1 reports, including all affiliations, customers, assets and obligations for themselves, their partner or spouse and any qualifying dependents.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to report accurate and complete information on the Personal Financial Affairs Statements does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Jimmy Matta about the importance of the importance of complete and accurate disclosure on Personal Financial Affairs Statement reports and complete and accurate disclosure on 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57781
57779 09/24/2019 Glen Morgan Cydney Moore Moore, Cydney: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 & .700 for failure to fully & accurately describe expenditures and report income, board directorship(s). (EY '19; Sept '19) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.700 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on September 21, 2019. The complaint alleged that Cydney Moore, a candidate for Burien City Council in 2019, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.240 & WAC 390-16-037 for failure to accurately describe expenditures for printing on Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports); and (2) RCW 42.17A.700 & .710 for failure to timely and accurately file Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report) as a candidate.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response(s) provided by Cydney Moore; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Cydney Moore was a first-time candidate in 2019. It appears that her failure to disclose adequate descriptions for campaign expenditures on C-4 reports and her failure to disclose a reportable directorship position on her candidate F-1, was due to inexperience and general misunderstanding. Ms. Moore responded promptly to the complaint and has not previously been found in violation of PDC laws or rules. 

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely and accurately file the 21-day pre-primary C-4 report and failure to include a reportable position in an association on the candidate F-1 report, does not amount to a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Ms. Moore about the importance of the timely disclosure of all expenditure activities, specifically including any required detail and vendor breakdown as prescribed in WAC, and the timely and accurate disclosure of all reportable financial information on F-1 reports in any 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57779
57761 09/24/2019 Carol Snyder Michelle Rasmussen Rasmussen, Michelle: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 & WAC 390-16-037 for failure to provide accurate and complete information on Receipts & Expenditure Summary reports (C-4 reports) WAC 390-16-037, RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Carol Snyder filed on September 20, 2019. The complaint alleged that Michelle Rasmussen (the Respondent), a Candidate for City Council Member for City of Spokane Valley may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to report accurate and complete details on Receipts & Expenditure Summary reports (C-4 reports).

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response(s) provided by the Respondent; the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to include the expenditure details on C-4 reports, does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Michelle Rasmussen about the importance of including all required detail for expenditures on all PDC reports in accordance with the statutes and rules. PDC staff expects in the future that Michelle Rasmussen will report timely and with all required detail for expenditures on all PDC 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57761
57748 09/24/2019 Glen Morgan Anthony Martinelli Martinelli, Anthony: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 & .700 for failure to fully & accurately describe expenditures and report contributions & income (EY '17 & '19; Sept '19) RCW 42.17A.700, RCW 42.17A.240 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to fully & accurately describe expenditures (campaign signs) & report contributions to own campaign 
  • Allegation Two: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to fully report income on statement of financial affairs
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57748
57742 09/24/2019 Glen Morgan Katherine "Kate" Kruller Kruller, Katherine "Kate" (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to fully & accurately report & describe expenditures (candidate filing fee & printed campaign materials). (EY '19 Sept '19) RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with Reminder

On September 19, 2019, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint alleging that Katherine Kruller, an incumbent council member for the Tukwila City Council and a candidate seeking re-election to that office in 2019, may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-037 by failing to report an expenditure and for failure to properly describe an expenditure on the Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure report (C-4 report). 

Staff reviewed the allegations/complaint and determined that Ms. Kruller Campaign failed to include proper description for one expenditure as required by the statute. Staff also determined that Ms. Kruller failed to timely report an in-kind contribution. However, the Campaign amended its report timely and properly disclosed the in-kind contribution and included additional description as required by the statute. 

Based on these findings, staff reminded Ms. Kruller about the importance of filing timely and accurate C-4 reports disclosing contribution and expenditures activities undertaken by her Campaign, including properly describing the expenditures, as required by statute and rule.  

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

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57742
57738 09/24/2019 Sandra Robson Whatcom County Affordable Housing Council sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County Whatcom County Affordable Housing Council: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205(5) & WAC 390-16-011A for failure to include sponsor (BIAWC) in registered committee name. (EY '19 Sep '19) wac 390-16-011a, RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Reminder

On September 18, 2019, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint alleging the Whatcom County Affordable Housing Council, may have violated RCW 42.17A.205(5) and WAC 390-16-011A for failure to include sponsor in the committee's name. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegation; the applicable statute/rule and the reporting requirement; the applicable PDC reports filed by the Whatcom County Affordable Housing Council (Committee); and reviewed their date in the PDC database, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Staff's review of the Committee's Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and the Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) found the Committee received more than 80% of its contributions from the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County (BIAWC), making the BIAWC a sponsor. 

On October 2, 2019, the Committee amended its C-1pc and changed the Committee's name to "Whatcom County Affordable Housing Council sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County."

Based on these findings, staff determined that, in this instance, failure to include the sponsor name in the name of the committee is a violation that does not warrant further investigation or enforcement action. The Committee made a good faith effort by responding quickly and amending its Committee Registration to reflect BIAWC as the sponsor of the Committee. 

However, staff reminded the Whatcom County Affordable Housing Council about the importance of including the name of the sponsor in the Committee's name in the future. 

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

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57738
57721 09/23/2019 Glen Morgan Nancy Manos Manos, Nancy: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to report value of candidate's filing fee as an expenditure or in-kind contribution (EY 19; Sep 19) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235 Resolved as Remedial

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Glen Morgan filed on September 19, 2019. The complaint alleged that Nancy Manos (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for Tukwila City Council, may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to report the value of the candidate’s filing fee as an expenditure or in-kind contribution to the Campaign on Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports).

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Respondent; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely report contributions and expenditures does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

While the alleged non-compliance appears to constitute violations of PDC laws and rules made by Nancy Manos, the violations are remedial in nature, and do not warrant further investigation or enforcement action. The expenditures totaled no more than $1000, occurred more than 30 days before the election, were inadvertent and minor in nature, did not materially affect the public interest. 

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57721
57717 09/23/2019 Glen Morgan Cynthia Johnson Johnson, Cynthia: Alleged Violations of RCW 42.17A.205 and .240 for failure to accurately and completely report committee contact information and expenditures (EY 19, Sept 19) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Glen Morgan filed on September 19, 2019. The complaint alleged that Cynthia Johnson (Respondent), a candidate for City Council Member for City of Tukwila may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely and accurately file Campaign Registration reports (C-1 reports); 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.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely and accurately file register as a candidate, update candidate registration information and report contributions and expenditures does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Cynthia Johnson about the importance of the timely, accurate and complete disclosure of all registration, contribution and expenditure activities, and the timely, accurate and complete 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57717
57702 09/23/2019 Sandra Robson Skagit County Republicans bonafide political party committee Skagit County Republicans: Allegation of Violation of RCW 42.17A.225 and .235 for failure to timely report monetary & in-kind contributions and expenditures (EY 19, Sept 19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.225 Assessment of Facts
  • Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.225 and .235 for failure to timely file Cash Receipts, Monetary Contributions reports (C-3 reports) and Receipts and Expenditures Summary reports (C-4 reports).  
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57702
57690 09/23/2019 Colleen M. Wise Jon Butler Butler, Jon: Allegation of Violation of RCW 42.17A.335 for false statement of incumbency on political advertising; RCW 42.17A.205, .210 & .215 for failure to timely file Campaign Registration (C-1), disclosing treasurer and depository information (EY 19, Sept 19) RCW 42.17A.215, RCW 42.17A.335, RCW 42.17A.210, RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Colleen Wise filed on September 18, 2019. The complaint alleged that Jon Butler (Respondent), Candidate for City Council Member for City of Edgewood may have violated RCW 42.17A.205, .210 and .215 for failure to timely file Candidate Registration (C-1 report), and provide the treasurer and depository information for the candidate and committee; and RCW 42.17A.335 for false statement of incumbency on political advertising. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by the Respondent; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file the C-1 report does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Jon Butler will receive a formal written warning concerning failure to timely file the C-1 report. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Jon Butler timely files all future required reports of registration. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57690
57544 09/18/2019 Park Llafet Clark County Republican Central Committee Clark County Republican Central Committee (4): Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to timely and accurately report and deposit contributions, and report expenditures, reimbursements, and in-kind contributions (EY 19; Sep 19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Park Llafet filed on September 13, 2019. The complaint alleged that the Clark County Republican Central Committee (Respondent), a bona fide political party, may have violated RCW 42.17A.220 for failure to deposit anonymous contributions within five business days of receipt; RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to report anonymous contributions; and RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately and completely report contributions, expenditures, reimbursements, and in-kind contributions.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Respondent; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to deposit anonymous contributions within five business days of receipt does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding the Clark County Republican Central Committee about the importance of timely depositing contributions into the designated depository within five business days of receipt. PDC staff expects that the Clark County Republican Central Committee will deposit contributions prior to using them to make expenditures in the future.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57544
57398 09/13/2019 William Reed, Kevin Taylor Linda Lehman Lehman, Linda: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.555 & .320 by using public office or agency facilities (city business cards) to assist an election campaign, and failure to identify sponsor in political advertising. (EY '19; Sep '19) RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A 555 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaints alleged Linda Lehman, a 2019 candidate for Mayor of Benton City, may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by using city facilities, specifically city-purchased business cards, to assist her campaign. Based on the evidence you submitted, PDC staff also included an alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failing to identify a sponsor on political advertising. 

Staff has determined, because the candidate was the sponsor and there was no apparent attempt to conceal sponsorship information, and because, in this instance, even though the business cards were designed by the City, they were paid for by the candidate, the use of the business cards does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation. 

However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Linda Lehman will receive a formal written warning concerning the lack of sponsor identification and the use of city facilities to assist an election campaign. The formal written warning will include PDC staff’s expectation for Linda Lehman to review PDC guidance for local government agencies in election campaigns and to comply with the underlying statute, RCW 42.17A.555. 

The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57398
57397 09/13/2019 Shannon Rubin, Patricia Main Crystal Dingler Dingler, Crystal: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to identify sponsor of political advertising (e.g. billboard, Facebook) (EY '19; Sept '19) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder

The complaints alleged Crystal Dingler, a 2019 candidate for City of Ocean Shores Mayor, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 by failing to identify the sponsor of political advertising.

Based PDC staff findings, and the fact the advertising was sponsored by the Committee and candidate pictured in the advertising, with no intent to conceal sponsorship, staff has determined that, in this instance, the failure to include sponsor identification does not amount a violation warranting further investigation. 

PDC staff is reminding Crystal Dingler and the Committee about the importance of identifying the sponsor's name and address on political advertising 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). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57397
57396 09/13/2019 Allen Dauterman, Linda Moschetti-Newing Tom Griffin Griffin, Tom: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public office or agency facilities (library) to assist an election campaign. (EY '19; Sep '19) RCW 42.17A 555 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The complaint alleged Tom Griffin, a candidate for City of Newcastle City Council, may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by using public facilities to assist an election campaign. 

Staff has determined, in this instance, the alleged use of facilities by Tom Griffin does not amount to a violation warranting 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). 
 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57396
57311 09/11/2019 Glen Morgan Brandi Peetz Peetz, Brandi: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.235, .240 for failure to timely and accurately file reports of expenditures, debts and contributions; RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to identify sponsor on political advertising (EY 19, Sept 19) RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.235, WAC 390-16-037, RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Glen Morgan filed on September 9, 2019. The complaint alleged that Brandi Peetz (Respondent), a City Council Member candidate for City of Spokane Valley may have violated 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; RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to include sponsor identification on political advertising.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by Brandi Peetz; 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely and accurately file C-3 and C-4 reports and not disclosing sponsor identification on political advertising does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Brandi Peetz about the importance of the timely and accurate disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities, including the description and details such as number of items; as well as the disclosure of sponsor identification on political advertising and the timely filings of all future PDC reports and future disclosure of sponsor identification 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57311
57294 09/11/2019 CHRISTEN L ELLIS Summer O'Neill O'Neill, Summer: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to include sponsor identification on political advertising, and RCW 42.17A.335 for political advertising that contains false statements constituting libel or defamation (EY 19, Sept 19) RCW 42.17A.335, RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The complaint alleged Cowlitz County Democrat Central Committee Chairperson Summer O’Neill may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 by failing to include sponsor identification on political advertising and RCW 42.17A.335 for political advertising that contains false statements constituting libel or defamation.

Staff has determined, in this instance, the alleged violation of failing to include sponsor identification on political advertising and political advertising that contains false statements about a candidate constituting libel or defamation, does not amount to a violation warranting 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). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57294
57244 09/10/2019 Glen Morgan Lance Gurel Gurel Lance: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.445 for misuse of campaign funds for personal use; .240 for failure to provide expenditure details on required reports (C-4); .320 for failure to include sponsor identification on political advertising (EY 19, Sept 19) WAC 390-16-037, RCW 42.17A.445, RCW.42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.320, WAC 390-16-238 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Glen Morgan filed on September 9, 2019. The complaint alleged that Lance Gurel (Respondent), a candidate for City Council Member for City of Spokane Valley may have violated RCW 42.17A.235, .240 for failure to accurately file Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) disclosing details of expenditures undertaken by the Campaign; RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to include sponsor identification on political advertising; RCW 42.17A.445 for misuse of campaign funds for personal use. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance for failure to accurately file Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) disclosing details of expenditures undertaken by the Campaign and failure to include sponsor identification on political advertising does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Lance Gurel about the importance of the complete and accurate disclosure of all expenditure activities, as well as the full disclosure of sponsor identification on political advertising, and the importance of future timely, complete and accurate filings of all PDC reports and sponsor identification disclosures 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57244
57166 09/10/2019 Paul S Williams John Losey Jr. Losey, John Jr.: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .215 for failure to timely file campaign registration (C-1); and Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file personal financial affairs statement (F-1) (EY 19, Sept 19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.700, RCW 42.17A.210, RCW 42.17A.215, RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Paul Williams filed 
on September 10, 2019. The complaint alleged that John Losey Jr., a candidate for School 
Director for Sumner-Bonney Lake School District may have violated RCW 42.17A.205, .210 
and .215 for failure to timely and accurately file Campaign Registration reports (C-1 reports) and 
RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely and accurately file Personal Financial Affairs Statement 
reports (F-1 reports). 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the 
response(s) provided by John Losey Jr. and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent to 
determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file the F-1 
report and the C-1 report does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation. 
Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), however, John Losey Jr. will receive a formal written 
warning concerning failure to timely and accurately file Campaign Registration reports (C-1 
reports) and Personal Financial Affairs Statement reports (F-1 reports). The formal written 
warning will include staff’s expectation that John Losey Jr. timely and accurately files all future 
required reports in accordance with PDC laws and rules. The Commission will consider the 
formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of 
PDC laws or 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57166
57142 09/09/2019 Carolyn Crain Cowlitz County Republican Central Committee Cowlitz County Republican Central Committee (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-034 for failure to accurately and completely report contributors (Sep 19) WAC 390-16-034, RCW 42.17A.240 Request for Technical Correction

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Carolyn Crain on September 6, 2019. The complaint alleged that the Cowlitz County Republican Central Committee (Respondent), a bona fide political party, may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-034 for failure to accurately report contributor addresses, employers, and occupations.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Respondent; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to report the personal address for contributors does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

The Cowlitz County Republican Party made minor or ministerial errors on required reports, which did not materially impact the public interest. Upon notification of these errors, the Cowlitz County Republican Party timely amended their reports, making the necessary technical corrections as requested by staff.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57142
57141 09/09/2019 Carolyn Crain Clark County Republican Central Committee Clark County Republican Central Committee (3): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-034 for failure to accurately and completely report contributors (Sep 19) WAC 390-16-034, RCW 42.17A.240 Request for Technical Correction

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Carolyn Crain on September 6, 2019. The complaint alleged that the Clark County Republican Central Committee (Respondent), a bona fide political party, may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-034 for failure to accurately report contributor addresses, employers, and occupations.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Respondent; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to report the personal address for contributors does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

The Clark County Republican Party made minor or ministerial errors on required reports, which did not materially impact the public interest. Upon notification of these errors, the Clark County Republican Party timely amended their reports, making the necessary technical corrections as requested by staff.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57141
57140 09/09/2019 Glen Morgan Debbie Bertlin Bertlin, Debbie (3): Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public email to support candidate's own election campaign (EY 19; Sep 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with Reminder

On September 6, 2019, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint alleging that Deborah Bertlin, the incumbent mayor for the City of Mercer Island and a candidate for City Council Member for the City of Mercer Island in 2019, may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by misusing the City of Mercer Island email to support her own election campaign. 

Staff reviewed the allegation listed int he complaint to determine whether a formal investigation or enforcement action is warranted. Staff reviewed all attachments submitted with the complaint, the statute, rules, and PDC Interpretation 04-02 "Guidelines for Local Government Agencies in Election Campaigns," and the response from Mayor Bertlin's counsel. 

Staff found that the email sent by Mayor Bertlin to two City employees on June 30, 2019, was sent for the purpose of furthering her political campaign. Her email to the two City employees asking for the City's policy was in response/follow-up to a question that the primary candidates had been asked by a reporter and was therefore sent in Mayor Bertlin's role or capacity as political campaign candidate as opposed to her capacity as the Mayor. 

While Mayor Bertlin used her City of Mercer Island email to further or assist her political campaign as political candidate in 2019, this shortcoming is mitigated by (1) No prior PDC violations; and (2) Her dual role or capacity as a Mayor and Candidate overlapped and caused the Mayor to send the email to staff using her City issued email account instead of her dedicated campaign email account or a private email account. 

PDC staff reminded Mayor Bertlin about the importance of not using the City of Mercer Island's email account to assist her political campaign in the future. 

Based on these findings, PDC staff dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).  

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57140
57038 09/06/2019 Amy Conway Charles Smith III Smith, Charles III: Alleged Violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .215 for failure to timely file Candidate Registration C-1, and failure to disclose treasurer and depositories; and Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file Personal Financial Affairs F-1; and Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.235 failure to timely report contributions and expenditures. (EY 19, Sept 19) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.210, RCW 42.17A.215, RCW 42.17A.700 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Amy Conway filed on September 5, 2019. The complaint alleged that Charles Smith III, a candidate for School Director, for Sequim SD 323 may have violated RCW 42.17A.205, .210 and .215 for failure to timely file their Candidate Registration (C-1 report) and failure to disclose their treasurer and depositories; RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file their Personal Financial Affairs Statement report (F-1 report); and RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely file Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports). 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file the C-1 and F-1 reports does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Charles Smith III will receive a formal written warning concerning failure to timely file their Candidate Registration (C-1 report), Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report) and disclosure of all Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports). The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Charles Smith III timely register as a candidate and report financial affairs, contributions and expenditures in the future. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/57038
56970 09/05/2019 Heather Popp Mark Hutson Hutson, Mark: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities to support Hutson and Tompkins election campaigns (EY 19; Sep 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged Mark Hutson, a 2019 candidate for Milton City Council, may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by using city facilities, specifically his City of Milton e-mail account, to assist his campaign and the campaign of Mary Tompkins, also a candidate for Milton City Council

PDC staff has determined that in this instance, the use of his City of Milton e-mail to send and receive the e-mails does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation. However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Mark Hutson will receive a formal written warning concerning the use of city facilities to assist an election campaign.  The formal written warning will include PDC staff’s expectation Mark Hutson review PDC guidance for local government agencies in election campaigns. 

The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56970
56939 09/04/2019 Evan James Merritt Ron Simmons Simmons, Ron: Allegation of violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities (EY 19, Sept19) RCW 42.17A 555 Case Closed with Reminder

On September 3, 2019, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint alleging that Ron Simmons, fire chief for the Snohomish County Fire District 4, may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by using a public agency, office or facilities to support multiple candidates for Commissioner Position 4 of the Snohomish County Fire District 4, and to oppose Mr. Merritt's candidacy. 

PDC staff reviewed your allegations, the applicable statutes, rules and interpretations, including  Interpretation 04-02 "Guidelines for Local Government Agencies in Election Campaigns," and the response provided by Chief Ron Simmons to determine whether a formal investigation or enforcement action is warranted. 

Staff's review found that the screenshots depicted Ron Simmons as Fire Chief. However, the Chief's title is not a public facility of Snohomish County Fire Protection District 4.  Additionally, staff also found that the Chief's personal Facebook postings, posted by the Chief on his personal Facebook account were done on the Chief's own time, during non-work hours, and were expressions of his personal views, and were not the view(s) of the Snohomish County Fire Protection District 4. Also, Chief Simmons' Facebook postings did not involve the use of any facilities of Snohomish County  Fire District 4. 

Regarding the second allegation - use of district email to send messages to subordinates to discourage support for a candidate, staff found that Chief Simmons sent three separate emails, including one Memorandum to staff. Staff's review determined that one of the emails sent by the Chief needed to be worded more carefully and with some degree of restraint.

Based on the above review/determination, staff recommended to Chief Simmons that in the future he avoid using wording like he used in the last paragraph of the email that needed to be worded carefully and with some degree of restraint, directing staff to "please stay out of the campaign gaming," because it is important to avoid even the appearance or perception that the Chief, while using public facilities, is directing his staff members to not be involved in election campaigns on their own time, using their own resources. 

PDC staff reminded Chief Simmons about the importance of avoiding even the appearance or perception of using agency facilities to support or oppose candidates for public office by encouraging or limiting support or opposition for candidates. 

Based on this information, PDC staff dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56939
56889 09/03/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Washington State Council of County and City Employees Washington State Council of County and City Employees: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.255 for failure to report independent expenditures in opposition to ballot propositions (EY 19; Sep 19) RCW 42.17A.255 Assessment of Facts

Allegation: Violations of RCW 42.17A.255 for failure to report independent expenditures for legal services in opposition to City of Chelan Propositions 1 and 2 in 2014.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56889
56888 09/03/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) International Association of Machinists Lodge W38 International Association of Machinists Lodge W38: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.255 for failure to report independent expenditures in opposition to ballot propositions (EY 19; Sep 19) RCW 42.17A.255 Assessment of Facts
  • Allegation: Violations of RCW 42.17A.255 for failure to report independent expenditures for legal services in opposition to City of Shelton Propositions 1 and 2 in 2014.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56888
56886 09/03/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Teamsters Local 589 Teamsters Local 589: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.255 for failure to report independent expenditures in opposition to ballot propositions (EY 19; Sep 19) RCW 42.17A.255 Resolved through Statement of Understanding

A complaint was filed against the Teamsters Local 589, a local labor organization in Port Angeles Washington, alleging that the Teamsters Local 589 may have violated RCW 42.17A.255 by failing to timely file Independent Expenditures reports (C-6 reports) disclosing expenditures made for legal services related to City of Sequim Propositions 1 and 2. 

On September 23, 2019, Teamsters Local 589 filed a C-6 report disclosing $35,608.70 in total expenditures made to the law firm of Reid, McCarthy, Ballew & Leahy, LLP covering the period July 1 through December 31, 2014,  for legal services incurred in opposition to the City of Sequim Propositions 1 and 2 for July through December of 2014.  

Teamsters Local 589 indicated that it was not aware of a requirement to file a C-6 report with the PDC regarding “its litigation expenses” until the complaint had been filed, and noted a unions hiring of attorneys to defend its members concerning the collective bargaining agreement, or a contractual or statutory provision is typically not reportable to the PDC. 

On November 14, 2019, the PDC received a completed Statement of Understanding (SOU) that was signed by Mark Fuller, on behalf of Teamsters Local 589.  The SOU was accompanied by a $450 payment for the civil penalty that was assessed in this matter in accordance with WAC 390-37-143 (Brief Enforcement Penalty Schedule).

The $450 civil penalty paid resolves the allegations listed in the complaint against the Teamsters Local 589 for failing to timely file C-6 reports.  By completing the SOU, the Teamsters Local 589 acknowledged three violations of RCW 42.17A.255 for failing to timely file C-6 reports disclosing legal services incurred in October, November and December of 2014, that were paid in November and December of 2014, and January of 2015 in opposition to the City of Sequim Propositions 1 and 2.

Based on the resolution of this matter through a SOU, PDC staff is dismissing this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56886
56728 08/28/2019 Glen Morgan Valerie O'Halloran O'Halloran, Valerie: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.240, and WAC 390-16-037 for failure to accurately and completely report expenditure details (EY19, Aug 19) WAC 390-16-037, RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Glen Morgan filed on August 27, 2019. The complaint alleged that Valerie O’Halloran (Respondent), a candidate for Renton City Council Member, may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-037 for failure to provide accurate and complete details on Summary Receipts and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) for expenditures. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Respondent; and the applicable PDC report filed by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

PDC staff is reminding Valerie O’Halloran about the importance of including all required detail for expenditures on all PDC reports in accordance with the statutes and rules. PDC staff expects in the future that Valerie O’Halloran will report timely and with all required detail for expenditures on all PDC 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56728
56694 08/27/2019 Glen Morgan Pacific Northwest Ballet Pacific Northwest Ballet: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.207, .235, and .240 for failure to timely and accurately register and report as an incidental committee (EY 19; Aug 19) RCW 42.17A.207, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on August 12, 2019. The complaint alleged that Pacific Northwest Ballet Association (PNB), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization registered with the Washington State Secretary of State’s Office, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.207 for failure to submit a C-1IC as an Incidental Committee; and (2) RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely file Incidental Committee Payments and Political Expenditures reports (C-8 reports).

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by David Thorpe, Chief Financial Officer for PNB; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

It appears that PNB was initially unaware of their registration and filing obligations as an incidental committee. The Respondent has not previously been the subject of enforcement action and postmarked the C-1IC and C-8 reports promptly upon PDC staff’s request.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely register and file reports as an incidental committee disclosing activity for calendar year 2019 does not amount to a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.

PDC staff reminded PNB about the importance of the timely registration and disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities as an incidental committee, 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56694
56627 08/26/2019 Glen Morgan Seattle Theatre Group Seattle Theatre Group: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.207 & WAC 390-16-013 for failure to timely & accurately register as an incidental committee. (EY '19, Aug '19) RCW 42.17A.207 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on August 12, 2019. The complaint alleged that Seattle Theatre Group (STG), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization registered with the Washington State Secretary of State’s Office, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.207 for failure to submit a C-1IC as an Incidental Committee; and (2) RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely file Incidental Committee Payments and Political Expenditures reports (C-8 reports).

PDC staff reviewed your allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by Gary Corrington, Chief Financial Officer for STG; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

It appears that STG was aware of the Disclose Act but did not believe it applied to its 2019 payment because it was not intended to go to political committee or be used in an election campaign. STG has not previously been the subject of enforcement action and postmarked the C-1IC and C-8 reports promptly upon PDC staff’s request.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely register and file reports as an incidental committee disclosing activity for calendar year 2019 does not amount to a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.

PDC staff reminded STG about the importance of the timely registration and disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities as an incidental committee, 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56627
56616 08/26/2019 Kevin Mendez James Alberson Alberson, James: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to provide sponsor identification on political advertising (EY 19, Aug 19) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Kevin Mendez filed on August 22, 2019. The complaint alleged that James Alberson (Respondent), a candidate for City Council Member for City of Renton may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to provide complete and accurate sponsor identification on political advertising. 

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

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to provide complete and accurate sponsor identification and detailed descriptions of expenditures, as well as the number of items, does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding James Alberson about the importance of complete and accurate sponsor identification on political advertising and the complete and accurate disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities for all future PDC reports. PDC staff expects in the future that James Alberson will make all required disclosures 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56616
56613 08/26/2019 Glen Morgan Experience Learning Community DBA Museum of Pop Culture (aka MoPOP) Experience Learning Community DBA Museum of Pop Culture (aka MoPOP): Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.207 & WAC 390-16-013 for failure to timely & accurately register as an incidental committee. (EY '19, Aug '19) RCW 42.17A.207 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on August 12, 2019. The complaint alleged that Experience Learning Community DBA Museum of Pop Culture (also known as “MoPOP”), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization registered with the Washington State Secretary of State’s Office, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.207 for failure to submit a C-1IC as an Incidental Committee; and (2) RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely file Incidental Committee Payments and Political Expenditures reports (C-8 reports).

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by David A. Lawson, an Attorney with Davis Wright Tremaine, on behalf of his client MoPOP; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

It appears that MoPOP was aware of the Disclose Act but did not believe it applied to a payment made in 2019 for accrued liability from the previous calendar year and prior to the Act’s effective date. its activity their registration and filing obligations as an incidental committee. MoPOP has not previously been the subject of enforcement action and postmarked the C-1IC and C-8 reports promptly upon PDC staff’s request.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely register and file reports as an incidental committee disclosing activity for calendar year 2019 does not amount to a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.

PDC staff reminded MoPOP about the importance of the timely registration and disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities as an incidental committee, 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56613
56584 08/23/2019 Glen Morgan The Seattle Aquarium Society (aka Seattle Aquarium) The Seattle Aquarium Society (aka Seattle Aquarium): Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.207 & WAC 390-16-013 for failure to timely & accurately register as an incidental committee. (EY 2019, Aug 2019) RCW 42.17A.207 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on August 12, 2019. The complaint alleged that The Seattle Aquarium Society (also known as “Seattle Aquarium”), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization registered with the Washington State Secretary of State’s Office, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.207 for failure to submit a C-1IC as an Incidental Committee; and (2) RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely file Incidental Committee Payments and Political Expenditures reports (C-8 reports).

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Rick Johnson, Treasurer for Seattle Aquarium; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

It appears that Seattle Aquarium was initially unaware of their registration and filing obligations as an incidental committee. The Respondent has not previously been the subject of enforcement action and postmarked the C-1IC and C-8 reports promptly upon PDC staff’s request.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely register and file reports as an incidental committee disclosing activity for calendar year 2019 does not amount to a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.

PDC staff reminded Seattle Aquarium about the importance of the timely registration and disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities as an incidental committee, 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56584
56572 08/23/2019 Anne Block Michael Scott Scott, Michael: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.710 for failure to disclose income and directorships with on Personal Financial Affairs Statements (F-1 reports) (Aug 19) RCW 42.17A.710 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Michael Scott filed on August 22, 2019. The complaint alleged that Michael Scott (Respondent), a Superior Court Judge for King County, and a former City Council Member for the City of Bainbridge Island, may have violated RCW 42.17A.710 for failure to disclose a directorship with Full Life Care, and income from the American Civil Liberties Union, on Personal Financial Affairs Statements (F-1 reports).

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Respondent; the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent; and the Order granting modification to the Respondent’s F-1 filing requirements, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to accurately and completely disclose payments to entities reportable on an F-1 report, does a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Michael Scott about the importance of the complete and accurate disclosure of payments from government and business customers to entity in which an office, directorship, general partnership, or an ownership interest of ten percent or more is held. PDC staff expects timely requests for modification of reporting requirements, and full disclosure in accordance with PDC statutes and rules in the future.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56572
56561 08/23/2019 Glen Morgan Approve Prop 1 - EvergreenHealth (Sponsored by EvergreenHealth Foundation) Approve Prop 1 - EvergreenHealth (Sponsored by EvergreenHealth Foundation): Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for accepting over-limit contributions, failure to accurately disclose top 5 contributors, and to accurately and completely disclose expenditure details (EY 19; Aug 19) WAC 390-16-037, RCW 42.17A.420, RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged, Approve Prop 1 – EvergreenHealth, a Ballot Committee (Committee) formed to support an April 23 and August 6, 2019 bond election for Kirkland’s EvergreenHealth Hospital and Medical Campus, violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.240 by failing to accurately report and describe expenditures and contributions on the Summary Full Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reports (C-4 reports); (2) RCW 42.17A.420 for accepting a $225,000 contribution from EvergreenHealth within 21 days of the August 6, 2019, primary election and (3) RCW 42.17A.320 for failing to accurately and completely disclose top five contributors in political advertising sponsored by the Committee.

PDC staff has determined that in this instance, the Committee’s failure to include the complete required expenditure detail for political advertisements purchased by the Committee does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation.  The Committee is continuing to work with PDC staff and making a good faith effort to bring its reports fully into compliance. Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), the Committee will receive a formal written warning concerning its failure to accurately report and describe expenditures and contributions.  

The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation timely and accurately files all future required PDC reports. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56561
56501 08/21/2019 Elizabeth Elliott Mike Courts Courts, Mike (2): Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for authorizing the use of public facilities to support election campaigns (EY 19, Aug 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Elizabeth Elliott filed on August 15, 2019. The complaint alleged that Mike Courts, the Mayor of the City of Dupont may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 for authorizing the use of public facilities for support of election campaigns. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the City of Dupont; to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, authorizing candidates to use open public comment to support their candidacies does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Mike Courts about the importance of not authorizing the use of public facilities to support or appose any candidate or ballot proposition. PDC staff expects Mike Courts to remind members of the public that open public comment may not be used to support or appose election campaigns in the future. 

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56501
56489 08/21/2019 Keith Olson Jon Mutchler Mutchler, Jon: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor ID on political advertising & .555 for misuse of public facilities (EY 19, Aug 19) RCW 42.17A.555, RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Keith Olson on August 16, 2019. The complaint alleged that Jon Mutchler (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for Mayor of the City of Ferndale, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose the sponsor's name and address on movable political advertising; and RCW 42.17A.555 for displaying political advertising in support of the candidate's own campaign in city hall parking lot.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the responses provided by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to properly disclose sponsor identification on political advertising does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Jon Mutchler about the importance of complete and accurate disclosure of sponsor identification on political advertising. PDC staff expects Jon Mutchler to provide the required disclosures on all political advertising in the future.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56489
56380 08/19/2019 Glen Morgan Approve Prop 1 – Our Public Hospital Approve Prop 1 - Our Public Hospital: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately report and describe expenditures & contributions. (EY '19) (Aug '19) RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged, Approve Prop 1 – Our Public Hospital, a local 2019 Ballot Committee (Committee) formed to support Proposition 1, a Snohomish County Hospital District levy lid lift on the April 23, 2019 special election ballot, violated RCW 42.17A.240 by failing to accurately report and describe Committee expenditures made and contributions received. 

PDC staff has determined that in this instance, failing to include complete expenditure detail and the sponsor name in the Committee name does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation. Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), the Committee and its Officers will receive a formal written warning concerning its failure to accurately report and describe expenditures and contributions and include the sponsor name in the Committee name.  

The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that the Committee will timely and accurately register and file all future required PDC reports, if the Committee should register again as a ballot or political committee. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56380
56287 08/16/2019 Robert Parker Kristen Deskin Deskin, Kristen: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .215, .235 for failure to file Candidate Registration, designate Treasurer information, disclose Depositories, and failure to file Contribution or Expenditure reports. (EY 2019, AUG 2019) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.215, RCW 42.17A.210, RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Robert Parker filed on August 8, 2019. The complaint alleged that Kristen Deskin (Respondent), a candidate for School Director for Renton School District 403, may have violated RCW 42.17A.205, .210 and .215 for failure to timely file the Campaign Registration report (C-1 report); and RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely file Cash Receipts, Monetary Contributions reports (C-3 reports), and Receipts & Expenditure Summary reports. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Respondent; and the applicable PDC report filed by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to file the C-1 report timely, does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Kristen Deskin will receive a formal written warning concerning failure to timely file the required Campaign Registration report (C-1 report). Staff expects Kristen Deskin to file all future required reports such as the Campaign Registration (C-1), Cash Receipts, Monetary Contributions (C-3) and Receipts & Expenditure Summary (C-4) timely. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56287
56286 08/16/2019 Robert Parker Michael Christophersen, Candidate for Seattle School District #1 Christophersen, Michael: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .215 for failure to file Candidate Registration, designate Treasurer information, and disclose Depositories. (EY 2019, AUG 2019) RCW 42.17A.215, RCW 42.17A.210, RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Robert Parker filed on April 4, 2018. The complaint alleged that Michael Christophersen (Respondent), a candidate, in the 2019 Seattle School District 001 election for School Director, may have violated RCW 42.17A.205, .210 and .215 for failure to timely, completely and accurately file both the Campaign Registration report (C-1 report) and Personal Financial Affairs Statement report (F-1 report). 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Respondent; and the applicable PDC report filed by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely, accurately and completely file the C-1 and F-1 reports does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Michael Christophersen will receive a formal written warning concerning failure to timely file C-1 and F-1 reports. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Michael Christophersen timely files all future required reports such as the registration and personal financial affairs statement. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56286
56285 08/16/2019 Robert Parker Darcie Kline Kline, Darcie: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .215 for failure to file Candidate Registration, designate Treasurer information, and disclose Depositories. (EY 2019, AUG 2019) Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Robert Parker filed on August 8, 2019. The complaint alleged that Darcie Kline (Respondent), a candidate for School Director in the Seattle School District 001 may have violated RCW 42.17A.205, .210 and .215 for failure to timely file Candidate Registration report (C-1 report), designate Treasurer information, and disclose Depositories. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely, accurately and completely file the C-1 report does not amount to a violation that warrant further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Darcie Kline will receive a formal written warning concerning the timely filing of the Candidate Registration report (C-1 report). The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Darcie Kline timely file all future required reports such as the registration, as well as timely report contributions and expenditures where applicable. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56285
56284 08/16/2019 Robert Parker Justin Johnson Johnson, Justin: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .215 for failure to file Candidate Registration, designate Treasurer information, and disclose Depositories. (EY 2019, AUG 2019) RCW 42.17A.215, RCW 42.17A.710, RCW 42.17A.210, RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.700 Resolved through Statement of Understanding

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Robert Parker filed on August 8, 2019. The complaint alleged that Justin Johnson, a candidate for City Council Member for City of Lake Forest Park may have violated RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .215 for failure to timely and accurately file Campaign Registration reports (C-1 reports), disclosing the Treasurer and Depositories of the Campaign; RCW 42.17A.700, .710 for failure to timely and accurately file Personal Financial Affairs Statement reports (F-1 reports). 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements, the responses provided by the Respondent, and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file the C-1 and F-1 reports does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

Justin Johnson completed a Statement of Understanding (SOU) and paid a $200 civil penalty in accordance with WAC 390-37-143 (Brief Enforcement Penalty Schedule), acknowledging violations of RCW 42.17A.205 and RCW 42.17A.700 for: (1) failing to timely file the required Campaign Registration report (C-1 report); and (2) failing to timely file the Personal Financial Affairs Statement report (F-1 report) during the 2019 election. The $200 penalty assessed resolves the allegations listed in your complaint.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56284
56252 08/15/2019 Glen Morgan EvergreenHealth Foundation EvergreenHealth Foundation: Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to timely register and report as an incidental committee, to disclose sponsor ID on political advertising, and to report independent expenditures (EY 19; Aug 19) RCW 42.17A.207, RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.255 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaints filed on August 9, 2019. The complaints alleged that EvergreenHealth Foundation (“Respondent”), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization registered with the Washington State Secretary of State’s Office, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.207 for failure to submit a C-1IC as an Incidental Committee; (2) RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely file Incidental Committee Payments and Political Expenditures reports (C-8 reports); (3) RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose top five contributors in electioneering communication; and (4) RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely and accurately report expenditures for political advertising; or RCW 42.17A.255 for failure to report independent expenditures in support of ballot propositions on Independent Expenditure and Electioneering Communication reports (C-6 reports).

PDC staff reviewed allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Mark Lamb on behalf of his client EvergreenHealth Foundation; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

It appears that EvergreenHealth Foundation was unaware of their registration and filing obligations as an incidental committee. The Respondent has not previously been the subject of enforcement action and postmarked the C-1IC and C-8 reports two days prior to the date when the complaint was received.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely register and file reports as an incidental committee disclosing activity for calendar year 2019 does not amount to a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.

PDC staff reminded EvergreenHealth Foundation about the importance of the timely registration and disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities as an incidental committee, 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56252
56147 08/13/2019 Kendra Shirley Eliana Macias Macias, Eliana: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor ID on political advertising, and .335 for false statements of material fact in political advertising (EY 19; Aug 19) RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.335 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Kendra Shirley on August 10, 2019. The complaint alleged that Eliana Macias (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for Yakima City Council may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor identification on digital political advertising; and RCW 42.17A.335 for sponsoring with actual malice, false statements of material fact meant to cause injury to candidate Gartrell.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Respondent; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56147
56012 08/12/2019 Thomas Fancher Steven D Verhey Verhey, Steven: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.235, .240 for failure to file accurate contribution reports. (AUG 2019) RCW 42.17A.240 Request for Technical Correction
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.235, .240 for failure to file accurate contribution reports. 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56012
56009 08/12/2019 Nancy Jean Majors Fa'izah Bradford Bradford, Fa'izah: Alleged Violation of WAC 390-18-040 for inaccurate use of the term "reelect" in political advertising. (AUG 2019) WAC 390-18-040, RCW 42.17A.335 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
  • Allegation: Violation of WAC 390-18-040 for misuse of the term "reelect" in political advertising. 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56009
56008 08/12/2019 Tarn Ohana Moms for Seattle Moms for Seattle: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.255, .305 for failure to file a C-6 report that meets electioneering communication requirements. (AUG 2019) RCW 42.17A.305 Case Closed with Reminder

On August 1, 2019, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint alleging that the Moms for Seattle (Committee), may have violated RCW 42.17A.255 and .305 for failure to file a C-6 report that meets electioneering communication requirements. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations/complaint and found the Committee originally filed a C-6 report on July 16, 2019, wherein it did not fully describe/include the identity of the sub-vendor digital platforms for the digital ads as required by RCW 42.17A.305(1)(c). However, on the same day, the Committee also filed a C-4 report and amended the same report to include sub-vendor information related to the digital ads at issue in this matter. 

On September 10, 2019 and October 10, 2019, the Committee amended its C-4 and C-6 reports, respectively, to facilitate additional transparency. 

Based on these findings staff determined that, in this instance, the failure to fully describe and/or include sub-vendor platforms for the digital ads in the original C-6, did not amount to a violation warranting further investigation.  

Staff reminded the Committee about the importance of fully and accurately describing expenditures regarding digital ads in the future, specifically to include the names of the sub-vendor digital information. 

Based on this information, PDC staff dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/56008
55901 08/09/2019 James Lazar The City of Olympia, a municipal corporation, and Steve Hall in his capacity as City Manager, City of Olympia City of Olympia: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.555, .575 for using public facilities to support a political campaign and for distributing a Public Service Announcement in which a municipal officer in the PSA is a political candidate. (AUG 2019, EY 2019) RCW 42.17A.575, RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with Reminder

On October 5, 2018, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint alleging that the City of Olympia, a municipal corporation, may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by using City of Olympia facilities to support Mayor Cheryl Shelby's 2019 re-election campaign by featuring her in a video on the City of Olympia's website during an election year; and (2) RCW42.17A.575 by featuring Mayor Shelby in a Public Service Announcement (PSA) when she was up for re-election in 2019. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegation, including the video evidence submitted with the complaint and determined that video was not a PSA in accordance with RCW 42.17A.575 and WAC 390-05-525.  Based on an interview with the City of Olympia attorney and his response to the allegations, the videos were only providing citizens with information about the budget and encouraging their participation in the annual budget process, which is part of the normal and regular conduct of the the City of Olympia. In addition, the City of Olympia proactively pulled down the "An invitation from the Mayor" video featuring Mayor Shelby from its website on August 1, 2019, the same day the complaint was filed. 

The City of Olympia attorney also stated the other videos were all related to the budget process and included one video from 2018, and the main budget video produced in 2019 prominently featured two current City of Olympia employees, with the narrator being a former city employee who has since accepted a new position with a different employer. 

While the video featured Mayor Shelby during an election year, there was no mention about her being a candidate for re-election to that office in 2019. However, PDC staff reminded the City of Olympia about the prohibitions of using city employees and facilities to support or oppose any candidate or ballot proposition, and encouraged the city to not feature any elected official in city business related videos or any other communications concerning the budget or other relevant city issues when that official is up for election or re-election. 

Based on these findings, staff determined that no evidence supported supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.

Based on the above, PDC staff dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55901
55739 08/06/2019 Heidi Whaley Deborah “Sunny” Hemphill Hemphill, Deborah "Sunny": Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 & .235 by failing to timely register as a candidate w/the PDC within two weeks of candidacy, and timely report contributions & expenditures. (EY '19) (Jul `19) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 by failing to timely register as a candidate w/the PDC within two weeks of candidacy
  • Allegation Two: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failing to timely report contributions & expenditures. 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55739
55726 08/06/2019 Kristjan K Gorshkov Gerry "Tiger" Budbill Budbill, Gerry "Tiger": Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 & .700 by failing to timely register as a candidate w/the PDC & file statement of financial affairs within two weeks of candidacy. (EY '19) (Jul '19) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.700 Case Closed with Written Warning
  • Allegation: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 & .700 by failing to timely register as a candidate w/the PDC within two weeks of candidacy & timely file a financial affairs statement.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55726
55723 08/06/2019 Robert Parker Mark D. Emerson Emerson, Mark: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 by failing to timely register as a candidate w/the PDC within two weeks of candidacy and disclose Treasurer, depository. (EY '19) (Jul '19) RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 by failing to timely register as a candidate w/the PDC within two weeks of candidacy and disclose Treasurer, depository. 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55723
55719 08/06/2019 Robert Parker Drayton Jackson Jackson, Drayton: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 by failing to register as a candidate w/the PDC within two weeks of candidacy and disclose Treasurer, depository. (EY '19) (Jul '19) RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Written Warning
  • Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 by failing to timely register as a candidate w/the PDC within two weeks of candidacy and disclose Treasurer, depository. 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55719
55714 08/06/2019 David Lee Sandretto Michelle McLeod McLeod Michelle: Alleged Violation of WAC 390-18-040 for inaccurate of use of reelection terms in political advertising. (JULY 2019, EY 2019) WAC 390-18-040, RCW 42.17A.335 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by David Sandretto on July 31, 2019. The complaint alleged that Michelle McLeod (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for City Council in Benton City, may have violated RCW 42.17A.335 and WAC 390-18-040 for making false statements of incumbency in political advertising.

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

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, insufficient 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55714
55704 08/05/2019 Jason Ritchie Layna Crofts Crofts, Layna: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .235, and .700 for failure to register as a candidate and report contributions, expenditures, and financial affairs (EY 19; Jul 19) RCW 42.17A.700, RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Jason Ritchie on July 28, 2019. The complaint alleged that Layna Crofts (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for Issaquah School Director, may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely file a Candidate Registration (C-1 report) within two weeks of becoming a candidate; RCW 42.17A.235 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 RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to file a Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report), certifying financial affairs for twelve calendar months prior to becoming a candidate, within two weeks of becoming a candidate.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Respondent; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely register as a candidate and disclose personal financial affairs do not amount to violations that warrants further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Layna Crofts will receive a formal written warning concerning failure to timely register as a candidate and to disclose personal financial affairs for twelve calendar months prior to becoming a candidate, within two weeks of becoming a candidate. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Layna Crofts timely files all future required reports. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55704
55701 08/05/2019 Andrew Saturn People for Seattle People for Seattle: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to disclose value of mailing lists, and RCW 42.17A.260 for failure to timely report independent expenditures for political advertising (EY 19; Jul 19) RCW 42.17A.260, RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Andrew Saturn on July 27, 2019. The complaint alleged that People for Seattle (Respondent), a continuing political committee, may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to disclose the value of expenditures or in-kind contributions for mailing lists on Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports); and RCW 42.17A.260 for failure to disclose independent expenditures for political advertising appearing within 21 days of an election on Independent Expenditure and Electioneering Communications reports (C-6 reports).

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Respondent; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55701
55700 08/05/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Temp-Control Mechanical Corporation Temp-Control Mechanical Corporation (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 by failing to obtain written authorization from employees before deducting wages or salaries for political contributions (July 19) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Investigation of Possible Violation

Allegation: Violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 by failing to obtain written authorization from employees before deducting wages or salaries for political contributions

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55700
55699 08/05/2019 Andrew Saturn John Weidenfeller Weidenfeller, John: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by authorizing use of public office or agency facilities to assist an election campaign. (EY 2018) (Jun 2019) RCW 42.17A 555 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
  • Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by authorizing use of public office or agency facilities to assist an election campaign (e.g. using PUD facilities to pay for a candidate to attend 10/10/18 Candidate Forum)
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55699
55698 08/05/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Waste Treatment Completion Company Waste Treatment Completion Company, LLC (3): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 by failing to obtain written authorization from employees before deducting wages or salaries for political contributions (July 19) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Investigation of Possible Violation

Allegation: Violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 by failing to obtain written authorization from employees before deducting wages or salaries for political contributions

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55698
55606 08/02/2019 Marylou Eckart, Charles Eakins, Glen Morgan Naz Lashgari Lashgari, Naz: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to identify sponsor on campaign website (EY '19) (Jul '19) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to identify sponsor on Lynnwood Forward slate campaign website
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55606
55605 08/02/2019 Marylou Eckart, Charles Eakins, Glen Morgan Ashkan Amouzegar Amouzegar, Ashkan: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to identify sponsor on campaign website (EY '19) (Jul '19) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to identify sponsor on Lynnwood Forward slate campaign website
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55605
55603 08/02/2019 Marylou Eckart, Charles Eakins & Glen Morgan Nicholas Coelho Coelho, Nicholas: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to identify sponsor on campaign website. (EY '19) (Jul '19) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to identify sponsor on Lynnwood Forward slate campaign website
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55603
55601 08/02/2019 Robert Parker Sanjay Pal Pal, Sanjay: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .215 for failure to file Candidate Registration (C-1 Report), failure to disclose designated Treasurer, and failure to disclose depositories. (JULY 2019, EY 2019) RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to file Candidate Registration (C-1 Report)
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.210 for failure to disclose designated Treasurer
  • Allegation Three: Violation of RCW 42.17A.215 for failure to disclose depositories.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55601
55599 08/02/2019 Robert Parker Breane Martinez Martinez, Breane: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .215 for failure to file Candidate Registration (C-1 Report), failure to disclose designated Treasurer, and failure to disclose depositories. (JULY 2019, EY 2019) RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to file Candidate Registration (C-1 Report).
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.210 for failure to disclose designated Treasurer. 
  • Allegation Three: Violation of RCW 42.17A.215 for failure to disclose depositories. 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55599
55598 08/02/2019 Robert Parker Mike Desmond Desmond, Mike: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .215 for failure to file the Candidate Registration (C-1 Report), failure to disclose designated Treasurer, and failure to disclose depositories. (JULY 2019, EY 2019) RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to file Candidate Registration (C-1 Report).
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.210 for failure to disclose designated Treasurer. 
  • Allegation Three: Violation of RCW 42.17A.215 for failure to disclose depositories.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55598
55594 08/02/2019 Robert Parker Jonee Dubos Dubos, Jonee: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .215 for failure to file Candidate Registration (C-1 Report), failure to disclose designated Treasurer, and failure to disclose depositories. (JULY 2019, EY 2019) RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation One : Violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to file Candidate Registration (C-1 Report).
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.210 for failure to disclose a designated Treasurer.
  • Allegation Three: Violation of RCW 42.17A.215 for failure to disclose depositories. 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55594
55593 08/02/2019 Glen Morgan Tony Anderson Anderson, Anthony D.: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.700, .710 for failure to disclose 2017 & 2018 financial interest & directorship on the F-1 Statement of Personal Financial Affairs (Jul 2019). RCW42.17A.700, RCW 42.17A.710 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to disclose financial entities on the Statement of Personal Financial Affairs (F-1 Report).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55593
55589 08/02/2019 Robert Parker Rob MacDermid MacDermid, Robert: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to file the C-1 Candidate Registration) (JULY 2019) (EY 2019) RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Written Warning
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to file the candidate registration (C-1 Report)
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55589
55568 08/01/2019 PDC Staff Robert Bonnett III Bonnett, Robert III: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely disclose financial activities after appointment, and in calendar year 2018 (F-1 Report) (Aug 19) RCW 42.17A.700 Resolved through Statement of Understanding

The PDC has completed its review of a staff generated complaint concerning Robert Bonnett III, a former School Director for Pioneer School District, alleging violations of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to file Personal Financial Affairs Statements (F-1 reports).

On September 19, 2019, the PDC received two F-1 reports, signed Statement of Understanding acknowledging two violations of RCW 42.17A.700, and payment of a $200 civil penalty for failure to file. The PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1) and will not conduct a more formal investigation into these allegations or take further enforcement action in this matter.  

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55568
55534 08/01/2019 Ron Anderson Tom Sund Sund, Thomas: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .235 & .240 for failure to timely register as a candidate with the PDC, and timely & accurately report contributions & expenditures. (EY '19) (July '19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely register as a candidate with the PDC within two weeks of declaring candidacy.
  • Allegation Two: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 for failure to timely & accurately report contributions & expenditures.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55534
55529 08/01/2019 Whatcom County Democratic Central Committee (Andrew Reding) Whatcom County Republican Party Whatcom County Republican Party (3): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220, .235, and .240 for failure to accurately and timely deposit and report contributions and expenditures (EY 19; Aug 19) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint the Whatcom County Democratic Central Committee (Andrew Redding) filed on July 29, 2019. The complaint alleged that the Whatcom County Republican Party (Respondent), a bona fide political party may have violated RCW 42.17A.220 for failure to timely deposit contributions within five business days of receipt; RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions and deposits on Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports); and RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-205 for failure to accurately and completely disclose contributions from auctions, and expenditures made to sub-vendors, with the amounts attributable to each, on Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports).

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Respondent; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to accurately report contributions and provide itemized break downs of expenditures, do not amount to violations that warrant further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Whatcom County Republican Party about the importance of accurately reporting contribution details, and providing complete and accurate details for all expenditures. PDC staff expects the complete and accurate reporting of contribution and expenditure details in the future.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55529
55460 07/31/2019 Glen Morgan People for Moon PAC People for Moon PAC: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately describe expenditure. (EY '17, Jul '19) RCW 42.17A.240, WAC 390-16-037 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately describe expenditure.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55460
55351 07/29/2019 Tallman Trask Facebook, Inc. Facebook, Inc. (5): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.345 and WAC 390-18-050 for failure to maintain and provide documents and books of account as a commercial advertiser, promptly upon request from any person (EY 19; Jul 19) RCW 42.17A.345, WAC 390-18-050 Investigation of Possible Violation

Allegation: Violations of RCW 42.17A.345 and WAC 390-18-050 for failure to maintain and provide documents and books of account as a commercial advertiser, promptly upon request from any person.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55351
55345 07/29/2019 Tallman Trask UniteHere Local 8 PAC UniteHere Local 8 PAC: Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to register as a political committee, report expenditure activities, and disclose sponsor identification (EY 19; July 19) RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.260, RCW 42.17A.305, RCW 42.17A.255, RCW 42.17A.235 Investigation of Possible Violation
  • Allegation One: Violations of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to completely and accurately disclose sponsor identification on digital political advertising.
  • Allegation Two: Violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely, accurately, and completely report contributions and expenditures.
  • Allegation Three: Violations of RCW 42.17A.255, .260, and .305 for failure to timely, accurately, and completely disclose independent expenditures and electioneering communications.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55345
55344 07/29/2019 Tallman Trask Unite Here Unite Here: Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to register as an out-of-state committee, to report expenditure activity, and to disclose sponsor identification (EY 19; July 19) RCW 42.17A.255, RCW 42.17A.260, RCW 42.17A.250, RCW 42.17A.305, RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Tallman Trask filed on July 23, 2019. The complaint alleged that Unite Here (Respondent), a labor organization, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to completely and accurately disclose sponsor identification on digital political advertising; RCW 42.17.250 for failure to register as an out-of-state political committee and to report contributions and expenditures; and RCW 42.17A.255, .260, and .305 for failure to timely, accurately, and completely disclose independent expenditures and electioneering communications.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Respondent; and the response provided by Unite Here Local 8 PAC, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55344
55341 07/29/2019 Glen Morgan Natalie McClendon McClendon, Natalie: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately and completely disclose expenditures (EY 19; July 19) RCW 42.17A.240, WAC 390-16-037 Request for Technical Correction

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Glen Morgan on July 22, 2019. The complaint alleged that Natalie McClendon (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for Whatcom County Council, District 5, may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-037 for failure to accurately and completely disclose details of expenditures undertaken by the Campaign, including the number of items printed for printed political advertising and run dates for digital advertising.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by the Respondent; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to provide accurate and complete descriptions of expenditures undertaken by the Campaign does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

Natalie McClendon made minor or ministerial errors on required reports, which did not materially impact the public interest. Upon notification of these errors, Natalie McClendon timely amended their reports, making the necessary technical corrections as requested by staff.

PDC staff is also reminding Natalie McClendon about the importance of the complete and accurate disclosure of all expenditure details, including the number of items printed for political advertising. PDC staff expects in the future that Natalie McClendon will file complete and accurate reports in accordance with statute and rule.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55341
55339 07/29/2019 Glen Morgan Sofia Aragon Aragon, Sofia: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately report expenditures, and .320 for failure to disclose sponsor identification on political advertising (EY 19; Jul 19) RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.240, WAC 390-16-037 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Glen Morgan on July 21, 2019. The complaint alleged that Sofia Aragon (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for Burien City Council, may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-037 for failure to accurately and completely disclose in-kind contributions or expenditures undertaken by the Campaign; and RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to accurately and completely disclose sponsor identification on digital political advertising.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, minor and ministerial errors on required reports that did not materially impact the public interest, and failure to include complete and accurate sponsor identification on digital political advertising, do not amount to violations that warrant further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Sofia Aragon about the importance of the complete and accurate disclosure of in-kind contributions and expenditures, including the number of items printed for political advertising, and the complete and accurate disclosure of sponsor identification on political advertising in the future.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55339
55287 07/26/2019 Tallman Trask Chistopher Rufo Rufo, Christopher: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.430 by donating surplus funds to an unregistered charity. (EY '19) (Jul '19) RCW 42.17A.430 Case Closed with Reminder

A complaint was filed against Christopher Rufo, a first-time candidate for Seattle City Council in 2019, alleging that he may have violated RCW 42.17A.430 by donating funds remaining from his 2019 Campaign to a charitable organization that was not properly registered in accordance with RCW 19.09. 

Staff's review found that Mr. Rufo: 

(1) Was a first-time candidate for public office in 2019 and unfamiliar with the PDC laws, rules and reporting requirements for a candidate.

(2) Terminated his Campaign in November of 2018, more than six months prior to Candidate Filing week (May of 2019).

(3) Contacted PDC staff after terminating his candidacy for Seattle City Council seeking advice on the disposal of his remaining campaign funds. 

(4) Made a good-faith effort to dispose of his 2019 surplus funds by timely disclosing the two surplus funds expenditures on a C-4 report, that included the $10,000 expenditure made to the Documentary Foundation, a charitable organization that he is involved with. 

(5) Took steps to remedy the error by promptly registering the Documentary Foundation with the Secretary of State's Office in accordance with RCW 19.09 once staff informed him of the requirement.

Based on these findings, and the facts listed above, staff determined that in this instance, the allegations do not warrant further investigation, and has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55287
55284 07/26/2019 Philip L. Johnson Shauna Walters Walters, Shauna: Alleged violations of WAC 390-16-105 & .125 and RCW 42.17A.220 by accepting a contribution greater than $500, failure to change from mini to full reporting, and exceeding $300 in anonymous donations. (EY '19) (Jul '19). RCW 42.17A.220, WAC 390-16-125, WAC 390-16-105 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of WAC 390-16-105 by accepting a contribution exceeding $500 from a single source
  • Allegation Two: Alleged violation of WAC 390-16-125 for failure to apply for a change from mini to full reporting prior to exceeding contribution limit
  • Allegation Three: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.220 by exceeding $300 in anonymous donations
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55284
55283 07/26/2019 Glen Morgan Ricky Moon Moon, Ricky: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .235, .240, .700 for failure to timely or accurately file Candidate Registration, Financial Affairs Statement, and Contribution or Expenditure Reports (JULY 2019, EY 2019). RCW 42.17A.205, RCW.42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.700 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely file the Candidate Registration (C-1 report).
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file the Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report).
  • Allegation Three: Violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely disclose Contributions or Expenditures (C-3 or C-4 Reports).
  • Allegation Four: Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately describe expenditures..

 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55283
55282 07/26/2019 Glen Morgan Debbie Bertlin Bertlin, Debbie (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities to support candidate's own election campaign (EY 19; Jul 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Glen Morgan on July 21, 2019. The complaint alleged that Debbie Bertlin (Respondent), the 2019 incumbent candidate for Mayor of the City of Mercer Island, may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of phones, computers, servers, and other public facilities owned and operated by the City of Mercer Island to support the candidate's own election campaign.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by the Respondent; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55282
55276 07/26/2019 Glen Morgan Lillian (Randy) Slovic Slovic, Lillian (Randy): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to report contributions and expenditures (EY 19; Jul 19) RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Glen Morgan on July 26, 2019. The complaint alleged that Lillian (Randy) Slovic (Respondent), 2019 candidate for Richland City Council may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely file 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 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely, completely, and accurately report in-kind contributions for the candidate’s filing fee and political advertising  do not amount to violations that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Lillian (Randy) Slovic about the importance of the timely, complete, and accurate disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities, including in-kind contributions. PDC staff expects timely, complete, and accurate 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55276
55267 07/26/2019 Glen Morgan Darcy Burner Burner, Darcy: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.220 for accepting anonymous over-limit contributions during the 2016 campaign. (JULY 2019, EY 2016) RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on July 17, 2019. Your complaint alleged that Darcy Burner, a Candidate for State Representative in Legislative District 5 in 2016, may have violated RCW 42.17A.220(4) for accepting over limit anonymous contributions.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Jason Bennett, Treasurer; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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’s review of the Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) filed by Friends of Darcy Burner found the campaign could accept the greater amount of up to 1 percent of the total accumulated contributions.

Based on these findings, staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55267
55265 07/26/2019 Michael Kelly Preserve Reasonable Shoreline Management Preserve Reasonable Shoreline Management: Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to register as a political committee, report contributions and expenditures, and disclose sponsor identification on political advertising (EY 19; July 19) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.207, RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on July 18, 2019. Your complaint alleged that Preserve Reasonable Shoreline Management (PRSM), a 501 (c )(3) organization created by Bainbridge Island shoreline homeowners, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.205 or .207 for failure to register as a political committee or incidental committee; (2) RCW 42.17A.235 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; and (3) RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor identification on political advertising.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response provided by Dick Haugan on behalf of PRSM, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Staff’s review found that PRSM receives contributions and makes expenditures to support the mission of Bainbridge Island Shoreline Homeowners and that their activities do not appear to meet the definition of a political committee or incidental committee requiring them to register and report as either.

In addition, staff found that that the email communication was sent to specific recipients identified as supporters of PRSM and not “mass communication” that would make the message political advertisement requiring sponsor identification and disclosure.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55265
55221 07/25/2019 Guy Thompson Washington Association of Realtors Washington Association of Realtors: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor identification on digital political advertising (EY 19; Jul 19) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on July 17, 2019. Your complaint alleged that the Washington Association of Realtors (WA Assn. of Realtors), a membership organization and lobbyist employer registered for calendar year 2019, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to include sponsor identification on digital political advertising done in support of People for Nadine Woodward, a 2019 candidate for Spokane mayor.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided in a related case by WA Realtors PAC, PDC Case #55218; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

It appears that the online advertisements presented in support of the People for Nadine Woodward 2019 campaign were sponsored by WA Realtors PAC and that the advertisements contained sponsor identification required by RCW 42.17.320 and WAC 390-18-030 and were accessible through one click on the ad. The WA Assn. of Realtors did not sponsor the advertisements although they were identified as one of the top three contributors in the sponsor identification.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55221
55220 07/25/2019 Guy Thompson Concerned Taxpayers of Washington State Concerned Taxpayers of Washington State: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor identification on digital political advertising (EY 19; Jul 19) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on July 17, 2019. Your complaint alleged that Concerned Taxpayers of Washington State, a continuing political committee registered for calendar year 2019, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to include sponsor identification on digital political advertising done in support of People for Nadine Woodward, a 2019 candidate for Spokane mayor.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Dan Brady on behalf of his client Concerned Taxpayers of Washington State; the response provided in a related case by WA Realtors PAC, PDC Case #55218; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

It appears that the online advertisements presented in support of the People for Nadine Woodward 2019 campaign were sponsored by WA Realtors PAC and that the advertisements contained sponsor identification required by RCW 42.17.320 and WAC 390-18-030 and were accessible through one click on the ad. Although Concerned Taxpayers of Washington State has disclosed on C-6 reports, other expenditures done in support of the Woodward campaign, they did not sponsor the online advertisements in this complaint.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55220
55219 07/25/2019 Guy Thompson Spokane Good Government Alliance Spokane Good Government Alliance: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor identification on digital political advertising (EY 19; Jul 19) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on July 17, 2019. Your complaint alleged that Spokane Good Government Alliance (SGGA), a continuing political committee registered for calendar year 2019, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to include sponsor identification on digital political advertising done in support of People for Nadine Woodward, a 2019 candidate for Spokane mayor.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Jake Mayson, Chairman for SGGA; the response provided in a related case by WA Realtors PAC, PDC Case #55218; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

It appears that the online advertisements presented in support of the People for Nadine Woodward 2019 campaign were sponsored by WA Realtors PAC and that the advertisements contained sponsor identification required by RCW 42.17.320 and WAC 390-18-030 and were accessible through one click on the ad. Although SGGA has disclosed on C-6 reports, expenditures done in support of the Woodward campaign, they did not sponsor the online advertisements in this complaint.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55219
55218 07/25/2019 Guy Thompson Washington Realtors Political Action Committee Washington Realtors Political Action Committee (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor identification on digital political advertising (EY 19; July 19) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on July 17, 2019. Your complaint alleged that the Washington Realtors Political Action Committee (WA Realtors PAC), a continuing political committee registered for calendar year 2019, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to include sponsor identification on digital political advertising done in support of People for Nadine Woodward, a 2019 candidate for Spokane mayor.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Mark Lamb on behalf of his client WA Realtors PAC; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

It appears that the online advertisements presented in support of the People for Nadine Woodward 2019 campaign were sponsored by WA Realtors PAC and that the advertisements contained sponsor identification required by RCW 42.17.320 and WAC 390-18-030 and were accessible through one click on the ad.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55218
55217 07/25/2019 Guy Thompson Nadine Woodward Woodward, Nadine: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor identification on digital political advertising (EY 19; July 19) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on July 17, 2019. Your complaint alleged that Nadine Woodward (People for Nadine Woodward), a candidate for Spokane Mayor in the 2019 election, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to include sponsor identification on digital political advertising done in support of her campaign.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided in a related case by WA Realtors PAC, PDC Case #55218; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

It appears that the online advertisements presented in support of the People for Nadine Woodward 2019 campaign were sponsored by WA Realtors PAC and that the advertisements contained sponsor identification required by RCW 42.17.320 and WAC 390-18-030 and were accessible through one click on the ad. Nadine Woodward did not sponsor the advertisements done in support of her campaign.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55217
55069 07/22/2019 Glen Morgan Thurston County Democratic Central Committee Thurston County Democratic Central Committee: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.220 by accepting over-limit anonymous contributions. (EY '16) (July '19) RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

On July 17, 2019, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint alleging that the Thurston County Democratic Central Committee, may have violated RCW 42.17A.220(4) for accepting over the limit anonymous contributions. 

PDC staff reviewed the complaint/allegation and determined that the Committee could accept the greater amount of up to 1% of the total accumulated contributions.  

Based on the above, the PDC found no evidence to support a finding of a violation warranting further investigation. 

Accordingly, the PDC dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55069
55065 07/22/2019 Glen Morgan Ben Stuckart Stuckart, Ben: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.220 by accepting over-limit anonymous contributions. (EY '19) (July '19) RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

On July 17, 2019, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint alleging that Ben Stuckart (respondent), a candidate for mayor for the City of Spokane in 2019, may have violated RCW 42.17A.220(4) for accepting over the limit anonymous contributions. 

The complaint alleged that in calendar year 2019, the respondent accepted anonymous contributions in the amount of $521, which was $221 more than the allowable limit of $300. PDC staff reviewed the complaint and determined that the respondent could accept the greater amount of up to 1% of the total accumulated contributions. 

Based on these findings, staff determined that no evidence supported a finding of a violation warranting further investigation. 

Accordingly, staff dismissed the complaint in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55065
55057 07/22/2019 Glen Morgan Yes for Libraries! Yes for Libraries!: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.220 by accepting over-limit anonymous contributions. (EY '18) (July '19) RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on July 17, 2019. Your complaint alleged that Yes for Libraries!, a Political Committee, supporting Proposition 1 in Snohomish County in the April 24, 2018 special election, may have violated RCW 42.17A.220(4) for accepting over limit anonymous contributions.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Robert Taylor, Treasurer; the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent; and queried the Respondent’s data in the PDC contribution database, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Staff’s review of the Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) filed by Yes for Libraries! found the committee could accept the greater amount of up to 1 percent of the total accumulated contributions.

Based on these findings, staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55057
55052 07/22/2019 Glen Morgan Fire Services Fund of Washington Fire Services Fund of Washington: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.220 by accepting over-limit anonymous contributions. (EY '18) (July '19) RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on July 17, 2019. Your complaint alleged that Fire Services Fund of Washington, a Continuing Political Committee, may have violated RCW 42.17A.220(4) for accepting over limit anonymous contributions.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Roger Ferris, Committee Officer; the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent; and queried the Respondent’s data in the PDC contribution database, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Although the original C-3 report electronically submitted on December 10, 2018, inaccurately identified $2,632 in funds received from unknown or “anonymous” sources, it appears that the error was unintentional and not done in order to mislead the public.

PDC staff reminded Fire Services Fund of Washington about the importance of the accurate disclosure of all contribution received, specifically funds that are not itemized including anonymous funds, small contributions of $25 or less and proceeds from low-cost fundraisers, on 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55052
55049 07/22/2019 Glen Morgan Debra Entenman Entenman, Debra: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.220 by accepting over-limit anonymous contributions. (EY '18) (July '19) RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The complaint alleged that Debra Entenman, a Candidate for State Representative from the 47th Legislative District in 2018 may have violated RCW 42.17A.220(4) for accepting over limit anonymous contributions.

PDC staff has determined in this instance the alleged acceptance of anonymous contributions in excess of the allowable limit without forfeiting the excess amount to the State of Washington does not appear to be a violation warranting further investigation. 

The PDC finds that no further action is warranted and has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 
 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55049
55044 07/22/2019 Glen Morgan Victoria Mena Mena, Victoria: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.220 by accepting over-limit anonymous contributions. (EY '18) (July '19) RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

On July 22, 2019, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint alleging that Victoria Mena violated RCW 42.17A.220(4) for accepting over the limit anonymous contributions. 

PDC staff reviewed the complaint/allegation and determined that Ms. Mena's campaign could accept the greater amount of up to 1% of the total accumulated contributions. 

Based on this review, staff determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation. 

Accordingly, the PDC dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55044
55043 07/22/2019 Glen Morgan Debra Lekanoff Lekanoff, Debra: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.220 by accepting over-limit anonymous contributions. (EY '18) (July '19) RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The complaint alleged Debra Lekanoff, a Candidate for State Representative from the 40th Legislative District may have violated RCW 42.17A.220(4) for accepting anonymous contributions in excess of the allowable limit without forfeiting the excess amount to the State of Washington.

PDC staff’s review of the Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) filed by the Committee found the Committee could accept the greater amount of up to 1 percent of the total accumulated contributions.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55043
55041 07/22/2019 Glen Morgan Pinky Vargas Vargas Pinky: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.220 by accepting over-limit anonymous contributions. (EY '18) (July '19) RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

On July 16, 2019, the Public Disclosure Commission received a complaint alleging that Pinky Vargas (respondent), a candidate for State Senator in the 42nd Legislative District in 2018, may have violated RCW 42.17A.220(4) for accepting over the limit anonymous contributions. 

PDC staff reviewed the complaint and determined that the respondent's campaign could accept the greater amount of up to 1% of the total accumulated contributions.

Based on staff's determination, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation. 

Accordingly, the PDC staff dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55041
55035 07/22/2019 Glen Morgan Clean Air Clean Energy Washington Clean Air Clean Energy Washington: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.220 by accepting over-limit anonymous contributions. (EY '18) (July '19) RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on July 17, 2019. Your complaint alleged that Clean Air Clean Energy Washington, a Political Committee, supporting statewide ballot measure 1631 in the November 6, 2018 general election, may have violated RCW 42.17A.220(4) for accepting over limit anonymous contributions.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent; and queried the Respondent’s data in the PDC contribution database, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Staff’s review of the Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) filed by Clean Air Clean Energy Washington found the committee could accept the greater amount of up to 1 percent of the total accumulated contributions.

Based on these findings, staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/55035
54991 07/19/2019 Glen Morgan Martha Cunningham Cunningham, Martha: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205 & .700 for failure to timely register as a candidate & file financial affairs statement within 2 weeks of declaring candidacy. (EY '19) (Jul '19) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.700 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely register as a candidate with PDC within two weeks of declaring candidacy.  
  • Allegation Two:  Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file a statement of financial affairs with PDC within two weeks of declaring candidacy. 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54991
54984 07/19/2019 Glen Morgan Alliance for Gun Responsiblity (ERP Committee) PAC Alliance for Gun Responsibility ERP Committee: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.220 for accepting over-limit anonymous contributions. (JULY 2019) RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Glen Morgan on July 17, 2019. The complaint alleged that the Alliance for Gun Responsibility ERP Committee (Respondent), a political committee in support of the 2016 ballot proposition for the Temporary Prevention of Owning Firearms, may have violated RCW 42.17A.220(4) for accepting over limit anonymous contributions.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Respondent; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Based on these findings, staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54984
54979 07/19/2019 Michele Levenite Matthew J Bishop Bishop, Matthew (5): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to file the Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report) (JULY 2019, EY 2019) RCW 42.17A.700 Violation Found by Commission

Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failing to file the Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report), certifying financial affairs for twelve calendar months prior to becoming a candidate, due within two weeks of becoming a candidate or no later than May 14, 2019.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54979
54975 07/19/2019 Kevin Mendez Mason Thompson Thompson, Mason: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to accurately disclose complete sponsor ID on political advertising. (EY '19) (Jul '19)) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to accurately disclose complete sponsor ID on political advertising (flyers).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54975
54972 07/19/2019 Glen Morgan Richard W. Robinson Robinson, Richard W.: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .700 & .235 for failure to timely register as a candidate & file financial affairs statement within 2 weeks of declaring candidacy & timely report contributions & expenditures. (EY '19) (Jul '19) RCW 42.17A.700, RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to register as a candidate with PDC within two weeks of declaring candidacy.  
  • Allegation Two:  Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file a statement of financial affairs with PDC within two weeks of declaring candidacy.  
  • Allegation Three:  Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions & expenditures.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54972
54968 07/19/2019 Glen Morgan Jared Hofer Hofer, Jared: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205 & .235 for failure to register as a candidate within 2 weeks of declaring candidacy & timely report contributions & expenditures. (EY '19) (Jul '19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to register as a candidate with PDC within two weeks of declaring candidacy  
  • Allegation Two:  Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions & expenditures
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54968
54966 07/19/2019 Michele Levenite Lisa Thomas Thomas, Lisa: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.700 & .240 for failure to timely & accurately file statement of financial affairs (F-1 report) & accurately report expenditures (EY '19) (Jul '19) RCW 42.17A.240, 42.17A.700, RCW 42.17A.710 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.700 & .710 for failure to timely & accurately file the Statement of Personal Financial Affairs (F-1 report) within two weeks of becoming a candidate
  • Allegation Two: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately disclose expenditures on the C-4 report
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54966
54934 07/18/2019 Michael Eckart Nicola Smith Nicola Smith: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by allowing the use of public facilities to assist an election campaign. (EY '19) (Jul '19) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
  • Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by allowing the use of public facilities (City of Lynnwood website) to assist an election campaign (Lynnwood Forward slate campaign website endorsements)
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54934
54918 07/18/2019 Glen Morgan Erinn Howell Howell, Erinn: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .700 & .235 for failure to register as a candidate & file financial affairs statement within 2 weeks of declaring candidacy & timely report contributions & expenditures. (EY '19) (Jul '19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.700, RCW 42.17A.205 Resolved through Statement of Understanding
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to register as a candidate with PDC within two weeks of declaring candidacy.  
  • Allegation Two:  Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to file a statement of financial affairs with PDC within two weeks of declaring candidacy.  
  • Allegation Three:  Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions & expenditures.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54918
54873 07/17/2019 Marylou Eckart, Charles Eakins, Glen Morgan Lynnwood Forward PAC Lynnwood Forward: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .235, .240, .255 & .320 for failure to register as a political committee, report contributions & expenditures, disclose independent expenditures or electioneering communication, and identify sponsor RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.255, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
  • Allegation One: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .235 & .240 for failure to register as a political committee and timely & accurately report contributions and expenditures
  • Allegation Two: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.255, .260 & .305 for failure to disclose independent expenditures or electioneering communications (Lynnwood Forward website)
  • Allegation Three: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 by failing to identify sponsor on political advertising (Lynnwood Forward website)
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54873
54867 07/17/2019 Sean McGee Patrick Guettner Guettner, Patrick: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely register as a candidate, and RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely disclose personal financial affairs (EY 19; July 19) RCW 42.17A.700, RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Sean McGee on July 15, 2019. The complaint alleged that Patrick Guettner (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for Pasco City Council may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely file a Candidate Registration (C-1 report), and .700 for failure to timely file a Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report), both due within two weeks of declaring candidacy, or not later than June 3, 2019.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file the C-1 and F-1 reports do not amount to violations that warrant further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Patrick Guettner about the importance of timely registering as a candidate in an election campaign, and timely disclosing financial affairs for twelve calendar months prior to declaring candidacy. PDC staff expects the timely filing of all future reports as required by statute and rule.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54867
54865 07/17/2019 Glen Morgan 37th LD Democrats 37th Legislative District Democratic Central Committee: alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.220 for accepting anonymous contributions in excess of the allowable limit without forfeiting the excess amount to the State of Washington. RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with Reminder

The complaint alleged that the 37th Legislative District Democratic Central Committee (Committee) may have violated RCW 42.17A.220 for accepting anonymous contributions in excess of the allowable limit without forfeiting the excess amount to the State of Washington.

The complaint alleged that in calendar year 2018, the Committee accepted anonymous contributions in the amount of $658.51 which was $358.51 more than the allowable limit of $300. In response to this allegation, the Committee reported a November 27, 2017 expenditure to the State of Washington for $358.51 for Contribution to the General Fund per RCW 42.17A.220(4).

In issuing its findings in PDC Case 26340, PDC staff inadvertently left off wording regarding a reminder concerning the Committee’s failure to comply with the anonymous contributions limit. PDC staff is reminding he 37th Legislative District Democrats about the importance of compliance with the anonymous contributions limit 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). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54865
54863 07/17/2019 Glen Morgan Washington State Democratic Party Committee Washington State Democratic Central Committee (5): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 for accepting and retaining over-limit anonymous contributions (EY 16; Jul 19) RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on July 17, 2019. Your complaint alleged that the Washington State Democratic Central Committee (WSDCC), a statewide bona fide committee, may have violated RCW 42.17A.220(4) for accepting over limit anonymous contributions during calendar year 2016.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Laura Ewan, an attorney with Schwerin, Campbell, Barnard, Iglitzin & Lavitt, LLP on behalf of WSDCC; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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’s review of the Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) filed by WSDCC found the committee could accept the greater amount of up to 1 percent of the total accumulated contributions.

Based on these findings, staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54863
54861 07/17/2019 Glen Morgan Citizens for Sequim Schools Bond 4 Citizens for Sequim Schools Bond 4: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 for over-limit anonymous contributions and failure to timely deposit; and .235 for failure to timely report contributions and expenditures. (EY 16 Jul 19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.220 Investigation of Possible Violation
  • Allegation One: Violations of RCW 42.17A.220 for accepting and retaining anonymous contributions over the limit of 1% of contributions received in the calendar year, or $300, whichever is greater.
  • Allegation Two: Violations of RCW 42.17A.220 by failing to timely deposit contributions received on Monetary Contributions reports (C-3 reports) within five business days of receipt.
  • Allegation Three: RCW 4217A.235 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.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54861
54859 07/17/2019 Andrew Saturn Linda Oosterman Oosterman, Linda (9): Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public facilities to assist an election campaign. (EY '18 ) (Jul '19) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) completed its review of the complaint filed July 13, 2019 alleging Linda Oosterman violated RCW 42.17A.555 by using agency facilities to assist her 2018 campaign for Thurston County Public Utilities District Commissioner, specifically using official photos and video from a training event on her campaign Facebook page. 

In response to the complaint, Oosterman stated the photos and video were taken and posted to her Facebook page with her personal cell phone, not with public-agency owned equipment or facilities.  

Based on these findings staff has determined, in this instance, the alleged use of public facilities does not amount to a violation warranting further investigation. The PDC finds that no further action is warranted and has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).  

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54859
54858 07/17/2019 Glen Morgan Citizens for Ridgefield Schools Citizens for Ridgefield Schools: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 for accepting and retaining over-limit anonymous contributions (EY 16; Jul 19) RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with Reminder

On July 17, 2019, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint alleging that the Citizens for Ridgefield Schools, may have violated RCW 42.17A.220(4) for accepting over the limit anonymous contributions. 

PDC staff reviewed the complaint/allegation and determined that the Citizens for Ridgefield Schools could accept the greater amount of up to 1% of the total accumulated contributions.  

In it's response, the Citizens for Ridgefield Schools stated..."The larger sum deposited as anonymous appears to be from our January auction and fundraiser that year. A series of of auction item purchases and mostly paddle raises that were paid for with cash that was lumped together, but not deposited as individual donations."

On September 30, 2019, the PDC received all the amendments with all the deposits correctly attributed showing the Citizen for Ridgefield Schools accepted only $81 in true anonymous funds, which is below the statutory threshold of $300. 

Based on the above, the PDC found no evidence to support a finding of a violation warranting further investigation. However, the PDC staff reminded the Citizens for Ridgefield Schools about the importance of filing accurate C-3 and C-4 reports in the future to reflect the actual/true source of contributions received by the committee. 

Accordingly, the PDC dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54858
54857 07/17/2019 Glen Morgan Jay Inslee Inslee, Jay (3): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 for accepting and retaining over-limit anonymous contributions (EY 16; Jul 19) RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on July 17, 2019. Your complaint alleged that Jay Inslee, incumbent Governor and candidate for re-election in 2016, may have violated RCW 42.17A.220(4) for accepting over limit anonymous contributions.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent; and queried the Respondent’s data in the PDC contribution database, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Staff’s review of the Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) filed by Jay Inslee for Washington found the campaign could accept the greater amount of up to 1 percent of the total accumulated contributions.

Based on these findings, staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54857
54856 07/17/2019 Andrew Saturn Linda Oosterman Oosterman, Linda (8): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 by failing to timely & accurately report in-kind contributions, expenditures & proceeds from Champagne Brunch. (EY '18) (Jul '19) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
  • Allegation: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 for failure to timely and accurately report in-kind contributions and proceeds from, and  expenditures for, Champagne Brunch event.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54856
54855 07/17/2019 Glen Morgan Don Orange Orange, Don: Violations of RCW 42.17A.220 for accepting and retaining over-limit anonymous contributions (EY 17; July 17) RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Glen Morgan on July 17, 2019. The complaint alleged that Don Orange (Respondent), a 2017 candidate for Vancouver Port Commissioner may have violated RCW 42.17A.220(4) for accepting over limit anonymous contributions.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Respondent; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Based on these findings, staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54855
54852 07/17/2019 Glen Morgan Kshama Sawant Sawant, Kshama (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 for accepting and retaining over-limit anonymous contributions (EY 19; Jul 19) RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

On July 17, 2019, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint alleging that Kshama Sawant (respondent), a candidate for City Council Member for the City of Seattle in 2019, may have violated RCW 42.17A.220(4) for accepting over the limit anonymous contributions. 

The complaint alleged that in calendar year 2019, the respondent accepted anonymous contributions in the amount of $408.54, which was $108.54 more than the allowable limit of $300. PDC staff reviewed the complaint and determined that the respondent could accept the greater amount of up to 1% of the total accumulated contributions. 

Based on these findings, staff determined that no evidence supported a finding of a violation warranting further investigation. 

Accordingly, staff dismissed the complaint in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54852
54849 07/17/2019 Andrew Saturn Linda Oosterman Oosterman, Linda (7): Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW and WAC 390-32, the Fair Campaign Practices Code (EY 18; July 18) WAC 390-32-010 Resolved through Complaint Publication Process

On July 15, 2019, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint from Andrew Saturn, alleging a violation of one or more specific provisions of WAC 390-32-010, the Fair Campaign Practices Code (FCPC).  The complaint concerned Linda Oosterman, a 2018 candidate for Thurston County Public Utility Commissioner.

The Campaign Fair Practices Code requires the PDC to forward the complaint to the party alleged to have violated the FCPC, request a response within five days, and then send the complaint and the response, if one is received, to news media.  Linda Oosterman supplied a response to the complaint's allegations on July 24, 2019. WAC 390-32-030 prevents the Commission and staff from commenting on the complaint or the response. 

On July 25, 2019, a copy of the complaint and response were sent to news media.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54849
54841 07/17/2019 Glen Morgan Whatcom County Democratic Central Commitee Whatcom County Democratic Central Committee (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 for accepting and retaining over-limit contributions (EY 18; Jul 19) RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The complaint alleged the Whatcom County Democratic Central Committee, may have violated RCW 42.17A.220(4) for accepting over limit anonymous contributions. 

PDC  staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting 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). 
 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54841
54840 07/17/2019 Glen Morgan Washington Association of Nurse Anesthetists PAC (WANA PAC) Washington Association of Nurse Anesthetists PAC (WANA PAC): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 for accepting and retaining over-limit anonymous contributions (EY 19; Jul 19) RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on July 17, 2019. Your complaint alleged that Washington Association of Nurse Anesthetists PAC (“WANA PAC” or “Respondent”), a Continuing Political Committee, may have violated RCW 42.17A.220(4) for accepting over limit anonymous contributions during calendar year 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response(s) provided by Joanna Starratt, Treasurer; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

It appears that WANA PAC held a small number of fundraising events each calendar year from 2016 to 2019 and that the committee treasurer, other officers and volunteers involved in planning the events and recording receipt of the proceeds, misunderstood the distinction between proceeds from a qualifying low-cost fundraiser described in RCW 42.17A.230 and unidentified or “anonymous” contributions and their restrictions described in RCW 42.17A.220.

In addition, WANA PAC has no previous violations of RCW 42.17A and has stated its intent to change the committee’s fundraising activities in order to ensure compliance in the future.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to accurately identify proceeds from low-cost fundraisers separate from contributions received from anonymous sources, and based on the committee escheating all funds that could not be identified as required by RCW 42.17A, does not amount to a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), WANA PAC will receive a formal written warning concerning the statutory restrictions on the receipt of funds from unidentified sources and the importance of the accurate disclosure of all contribution received, specifically funds that are not itemized including anonymous funds, small contributions of $25 or less and proceeds from low-cost fundraisers. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that WANA PAC track all small donations in a manner that will ensure accurate and timely disclosure for all future required reports of contributions and expenditures. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54840
54839 07/17/2019 Glen Morgan My-Linh Thai Thai, My-Linh (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 for accepting and retaining over-limit anonymous contributions (EY 18; July 19) RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

On July 16, 2019, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint alleging that My-Linh Thai violated RCW 42.17A.220(4) for accepting over the limit anonymous contributions.  

PDC staff reviewed the complaint/allegation and determined that Ms. Thai's campaign could accept the greater amount of up to 1% of the total accumulated contributions. 

Based on this review, staff determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation. 

Accordingly, the PDC dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54839
54838 07/17/2019 Glen Morgan Jennifer Tyler Tyler, Jennifer (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 for accepting and retaining over-limit anonymous contributions (EY 18; Jul 18) RCW 42.17A.220 Investigation of Possible Violation
  • Allegation: Violations of RCW 42.17A.220 for accepting and retaining anonymous contributions over the limit of 1% of contributions received in the calendar year, or $300, whichever is greater.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54838
54830 07/17/2019 Glen Morgan Matthew Stroe Stroe, Matthew: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 for accepting and retaining over-limit anonymous contributions (EY 18; July 19) RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged Matthew Stroe, a 2018 candidate for Walla Walla County Sheriff, may have violated RCW 42.17A.220(4) by accepting anonymous contributions in excess of the allowable limit without forfeiting the excess amount to the State of Washington. 

In response, the Committee stated there was initial confusion regarding $950 in contributions and amended C-4 and C-3 reports. 

Staff has determined that in this instance, accepting and retaining over-limit anonymous contributions during the 2018 election year, does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation.

However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Matthew Stroe will receive a formal written warning concerning the Committee’s failure to comply with PDC requirements. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation Stroe comply with the anonymous contributions limit and rules should he be a future candidate for elective office. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54830
54827 07/17/2019 Glen Morgan Dan Satterberg Satterberg, Dan: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 for accepting and retaining over-limit anonymous contributions (EY 18; July 19) RCW 42.17A.220 Case Closed with Reminder

On July 16, 2019, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint from Glen Morgan alleging that Daniel Satterberg (Respondent), an incumbent King County Prosecuting Attorney and a candidate seeking re-election to that office in 2018, may have violated RCW 42.17A.220(4) for accepting over limit anonymous contributions. 

PDC staff reviewed the Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and the Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) filed by the Respondent and determined  that his campaign could only accept $758.82 of the total $1,223 in anonymous contribution received by his campaign.

On September 9, 2019, the PDC received a check in the amount of $464.18 from the Respondent for exceeding the anonymous contribution limits, that was forwarded to the Department of Enterprise Services, for deposit into the General Fund in accordance with the statutory scheme. 

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

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54827
54826 07/17/2019 Glen Morgan Charlie McCaughan McCaughan, Charlie: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205 and .235 for failure to register as a candidate, and report contributions and expenditures (EY 19; July 19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Glen Morgan on July 15, 2019. The complaint alleged that Charlie McCaughan (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for Pasco City Council may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely file a Candidate Registration (C-1 report); and RCW 42.17A.235 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; and the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file the C-1 report does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Charlie McCaughan about the importance of timely registering as a candidate in an election campaign. PDC staff expects the timely filing of all future reports as required by statute and rule.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54826
54823 07/17/2019 Glen Morgan Artur Wojnowski Wojnowski, Artur: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .235, and .700 for failure to timely register as a candidate and report contributions, expenditures, and financial affairs (EY 19; July 19) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.700, RCW 42.17A.235 Violation Found by Commission
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to file a Candidate Registration (C-1 report)
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to report contributions and expenditures (C-3 and C-4 reports)
  • Allegation Three: Violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report)
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54823
54818 07/17/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Intermech, Inc. Intermech, Inc. (3): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 by failing to obtain written authorization from employees before deducting wages or salaries for political contributions (July 19) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100 Investigation of Possible Violation
  • Allegation: Violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 by failing to obtain written authorization from employees before deducting wages or salaries for political contributions 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54818
54751 07/16/2019 Michele Levenite Radona Devereaux Devereaux, Radona: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .700 for failure to timely report contributions, expenditures, and financial affairs (EY 19; July 19) RCW 42.17A.700, RCW 42.17A.235 Violation Found by Commission

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Michele Levenite on July 9, 2019. The complaint alleged that Radona (Liz) Devereaux (Respondent) may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 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 RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to time file a Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report), certifying financial activities for twelve calendar months prior to becoming a candidate.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; 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.

Pursuant to the brief enforcement hearing (brief adjudicative proceeding) notice sent to Radona (Liz) Devereaux on August 6, 2019, A brief adjudicative proceeding was held on August 20, 2019, in Room 206, Evergreen Plaza Building, 711 Capitol Way, Olympia, Washington, to consider whether the Respondent violated RCW 42.17A.700 by failing to file a Personal Statement of Financial Affairs (F-1 report) as a candidate for the 2019 election cycle, disclosing campaign information and financial activities for the previous 12 calendar months. The F-1 report was due to be filed within two weeks of declaring candidacy, or not later than May 27, 2019,  

The hearing was held in accordance with Chapters 34.05 RCW and 42.17A RCW and Chapter 390-37 WAC.  Commission Vice-Chair David Ammons was the Presiding Officer.  The Commission staff was represented by Tabatha Blacksmith, Compliance Coordinator.  The Respondent did not participate in the hearing or submit any written materials. 

Having considered the evidence, the Presiding Officer finds as follows: 
 

CONCLUSIONS OF LAW

  1. This matter was duly and properly convened and all jurisdictional, substantive, and procedural requirements have been satisfied.
  2. The Respondent violated RCW 42.17A.700 by failing to file the F-1 report within two weeks of declaring candidacy, or not later than May 27, 2019.

ORDER

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Respondent is assessed a civil penalty of $250, in accordance with the F-1 penalty schedule set forth in WAC 390-37-143, payable within 30 days of the date of the Order. 

In the event the Respondent fails to pay the $250 civil penalty within 30 days of the date of the Order, PDC staff is directed to refer the matter to the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) for collection of the amount owed. 

 

WARNING

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to report contributions and expenditures does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Radona (Liz) Devereaux will receive a formal written warning concerning your failure to report contributions and expenditures as required of a candidate running for election to public office. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Radona (Liz) Devereaux timely files all future required reports of contributions and expenditures. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54751
54746 07/16/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Apollo Mechanical Contractors Apollo Mechanical Contractors (3): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 by failing to obtain written authorization from employees before deducting wages or salaries for political contributions (July 19) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100 Investigation of Possible Violation

Allegation: Violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 by failing to obtain written authorization from employees before deducting wages or salaries for political contributions

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54746
54633 07/15/2019 Omaha Sternberg Lucy Krakowiak Krakowiak, Lucy: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely file Candidate Registration (C-1 report). RCW 24.17A.205 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Omaha Sternberg on July 2, 2019. The complaint alleged that Lucy Krakowiak (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for Burien City Council may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to file a Candidate Registration (C-1 report) within two weeks of becoming a candidate; RCW 42.17A.235 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 RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file a Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report), certifying financial activities in calendar year 2018, no later than April 15, 2019.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely register as a candidate does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Lucy Krakowiak about the importance of timely registering as a candidate. PDC staff expects the timely, complete, and accurate of all future required 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54633
54487 07/12/2019 Michael Fertakis Larry Gossett Gossett, Larry: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public facilities to assist an election campaign. (EY '19) (Jul '19) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on July 10, 2019. Your complaint alleged that Larry Gossett, incumbent King County Councilmember and candidate in the 2019 election, may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by using a photograph taken outside of an open public meeting held by the King County Council on his re-election Facebook page and by authorizing Council Chief of Staff, Cindy Domingo, to post the photo on his behalf.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes and rules; PDC Interpretation 04-02; and the response provided by Councilman Gossett, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on these findings staff has determined that no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54487
54348 07/11/2019 William Miano James Barnfather Barnfather, James: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 & .235 for failure to timely register as a candidate within two weeks of declaring candidacy & timely report contributions & expenditures. (EY '19) (Jul '19) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 & .235 for failure to timely register as a candidate within two weeks of declaring candidacy & timely report contributions & expenditures.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54348
54324 07/10/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) JH Kelly, LLC JH Kelly, LLC (3): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 by failing to obtain written authorization from employees before deducting wages or salaries for political contributions. (EY '19) (Jul '19) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Investigation of Possible Violation
  • Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 by failing to obtain written authorization from employees before deducting wages or salaries for political contributions
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54324
54177 07/08/2019 CLAUD WILHITE ROBERT SAMSON Samson, Robert: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.335 for political advertising that contains false statements about a candidate constituting libel or defamation. Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) completed its review of the complaint filed against Robert Joseph "Rocky" Samson III, a 2019 candidate for City of Spokane Valley City Council Member Pos. 2. The complaint alleged Samson violated RCW 42.17A.335 for political advertising that contains false statements about a candidate constituting libel or defamation. 

Staff has determined, in this instance, the alleged violation of political advertising that contains false statements about a candidate constituting libel or defamation, does not amount to a violation warranting further investigation. 

PDC staff is reminding Robert Joseph "Rocky" Samson III to list the complete sponsor identification on all political advertising in accordance with PDC laws and rules should he be a future candidate for elective office. 

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).     

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54177
54170 07/08/2019 Dori Gilmour & Michele Levenite Wendi Warner Wendi Warner: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely file the Candidate Registration (C-1 report) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.700 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaints filed by Dori Gilmour and Michele Levenite on June 12 and July 8, 2019. The complaints alleged that Wendi Warner (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for Richland City Council may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely file a Candidate Registration (C-1 report) within two weeks of becoming a candidate; RCW 42.17A.235 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 RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to file a Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report) within two weeks of becoming a candidate.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by Wendi Warner; 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to accurately select the candidate’s election year, and to timely file the F-1 report, do not amount to violations that warrant further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Wendi Warner about the importance of timely and accurately registering as a candidate, and disclosing personal financial affairs. PDC staff expects timely, complete, and accurate filings of all future required 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54170
54145 07/08/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Special Account American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Special Account: Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to accurately and completely report as an out-of-state political committee, and to report independent expenditures/electioneering communications (July 19) RCW 42.17A.260, RCW 42.17A.255, RCW 42.17A.250, RCW 42.17A.305 Violation Found by Commission

A complaint was filed against American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Special Account (AFSCME) alleging violations of: (1) RCW 42.17A.250 for failing to timely and accurately file reports disclosing contributions and expenditures as an out-of-state political committee on the C-5 reports; and (2) RCW 42.17A.255, .260, and .305 for failure to timely, accurately, and completely report independent expenditures and/or electioneering communications.

On September 26, 2019, an Enforcement Hearing will be held before the Commission concerning allegations that AFSCME violated RCW 42.17A.250 by: (1) failing to timely file Out-of-State Committee Contribution Reports (C-5 reports) disclosing $250,000 in monetary contributions made to three political committees in Washington State during calendar years 2015 and 2016; and (2) failing to timely file C-5 reports disclosing contributions received from AFSCME International into AFSCME’s segregated account covering the period October 1, 2014 through August 31, 2018.

A Stipulation to Facts, Violations and Penalties has been agreed to between the two parties, was presented and accepted by the Commission at the hearing finding AFSCME, AFL-CIO violated: 

  1. RCW 42.17A.250 by failing to timely file Out-of-State Committee Contribution Reports (C-5 reports) disclosing $250,000 in monetary contributions made to three political committees in Washington State during calendar years 2015 and 2016.
  2. RCW 42.17A.250 by failing to timely file C-5 reports disclosing contributions received from AFSCME International into AFSCME’s segregated account covering the period October 1, 2014 through August 31, 2018.

AFSCME, AFL-CIO agreed to pay a total civil penalty of $5,250, representing $750 for each late filed C-5 report in accordance with the Stipulation Penalty Schedule found in WAC 390-37-062, of which $2,000 of the penalty is suspended on the conditions AFSCME AFL-CIO: 

(1) Is not found to have committed any further violations of RCW 42.17A or WAC 390 within four years of the date of the final order in this matter.  The suspended penalty shall not be assessed based solely upon any remediable violation, minor violation, or error classified by the Commission as appropriate to address by a technical correction; 

(2) Is in compliance with all reporting requirements; and 

(3) The non-suspended portion of the penalty ($3,250) is paid by AFSCME within 30 days of the date of the final order in this matter.

 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/54145
53838 06/28/2019 Andrew Saturn Linda Oosterman Oosterman, Linda (6): Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public office or agency facilities to assist an election campaign. (EY 2018) (Jun 2019) RCW 42.17A 555 Case Closed with Written Warning
  • Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public office or agency facilities to assist an election campaign (using PUD facilities for 10/10/18 candidate forum).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/53838
53596 06/24/2019 Sheri Connor Julieta Altamirano-Crosby Altamirano-Crosby, Julieta: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions & expenditures. (EY '19) (Jun '19) RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Reminder

Allegation: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions & expenditures.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/53596
53590 06/24/2019 Sheri Connor Maggie Mae Mae, Maggie: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .700 & .235 for failure to register as a candidate & file financial affairs statement within 2 weeks of declaring candidacy & timely report contributions & expenditures. (EY '19) (Jun '19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.700 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to register as a candidate with PDC within two weeks of declaring candidacy.  
  • Allegation Two:  Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to file a statement of financial affairs with PDC within two weeks of declaring candidacy.  
  • Allegation Three:  Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions & expenditures.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/53590
53461 06/21/2019 Amanda Zimmerman Ramon Llanos Llanos, Ramon: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .700 & .235 for failure to register as a candidate & file financial affairs statement within 2 weeks of declaring candidacy & timely report contributions & expenditures. (EY '19) (Jun '19) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A 700 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to register as a candidate with PDC within two weeks of declaring candidacy. 
  • Allegation Two:  Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to file a statement of financial affairs with PDC within two weeks of declaring candidacy. 
  • Allegation Three:  Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions & expenditures.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/53461
53456 06/21/2019 Elizabeth Hallock Soneya Lund Lund, Soneya (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately and completely report expenditures and in-kind contributions, and .710 for failure to disclose board membership (EY 19; June 19) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.710 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Elizabeth Hallock on June 21, 2019. The complaint alleged that Soneya Lund (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for Yakima City Council, may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately and completely disclose in-kind contributions and expenditures undertaken by the Campaign; and RCW 42.17A.710 for failure to disclose officership or directorship on the board of directors for Rod’s House, a non-profit organization, on the Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report).

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to accurately and completely disclose an officership on a non-profit board of directors, and to accurately and completely disclose in-kind contributions, do not amount to violations that warrant further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Soneya Lund about the importance of accurately and completely disclosing financial affairs and in-kind contributions. PDC staff expects the timely, accurate, and complete disclosure filing of future reports in accordance with 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/53456
53454 06/21/2019 Glen Morgan One Washington Equality Campaign One Washington Equality Campaign: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235, .240, and .255 for failure to report expenditures or in-kind contributions for legal services, and independent expenditures in support or opposition to ballot propositions (EY 19; June 19) RCW 42.17A.255, RCW 42.17A.240 Investigation of Possible Violation
  • Allegation One: Violations of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to report expenditures or in-kind contributions for legal services in support of 2018 State Initiative 1000, and in opposition to 2019 State Referendum 88.
  • Allegation Two: Violations of RCW 42.17A.255 for failure to report independent expenditures for legal services in support of 2018 State Initiative 1000, and in opposition to 2019 State Referendum 88.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/53454
53443 06/21/2019 Arthur David Churchman Shelly Schlumpf Schlumpf, Shelly: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to file statement of financial affairs (F-1 report) with the PDC within two weeks of candidacy. (EY 2019) (Jun '19) RCW 42.17A.700 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to file statement of financial affairs (F-1 report) with the PDC within two weeks of candidacy. 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/53443
53400 06/20/2019 Amanda Zimmerman, Mike Olson, and Bill Pate Daniel Sydney Hevenor Sydney Hevenor, Daniel: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .235, and .700 for failure to register and report contributions, expenditures, and financial affairs as a candidate (EY 19; June 19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.700, RCW 42.17A.205 Scheduled for Brief Hearing

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaints filed by Amanda Zimmerman, Keith Olson, and Bill Pate on June 20, June 21, and July 17, 2019. The complaints alleged that Daniel Sydney Hevenor may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to file a Candidate Registration (C-1 report) within two weeks of becoming a candidate; RCW 42.17A.235 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 RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to file a Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report). 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; 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.

Pursuant to the brief enforcement hearing (brief adjudicative proceeding) notice sent to Daniel Sydney Hevenor on August 6, 2019, A brief adjudicative proceeding was held on August 20, 2019, in Room 206, Evergreen Plaza Building, 711 Capitol Way, Olympia, Washington, to consider whether the Respondent violated RCW 42.17A.205 by failing to file a Candidate Registration (C-1 report) as a candidate for the 2019 election cycle, and RCW 42.17A.700 by failing to file a Personal Statement of Financial Affairs (F-1 report) as a candidate for the 2019 election cycle, disclosing campaign information and financial activities for the previous 12 calendar months. Both reports were due to be filed within two weeks of declaring candidacy, or not later than May 30, 2019,  

The hearing was held in accordance with Chapters 34.05 RCW and 42.17A RCW and Chapter 390-37 WAC.  Commission Vice-Chair David Ammons was the Presiding Officer.  The Commission staff was represented by Tabatha Blacksmith, Compliance Coordinator.  The Respondent did not participate in the hearing or submit any written materials. 

Having considered the evidence, the Presiding Officer finds as follows: 
 

CONCLUSIONS OF LAW

  1. This matter was duly and properly convened and all jurisdictional, substantive, and procedural requirements have been satisfied.
  2. The Respondent violated RCW 42.17A.205 and RCW 42.17A.700 by failing to file the C-1 and F-1 reports within two weeks of declaring candidacy or by May 30, 2019.

ORDER

  1. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Respondent is assessed a civil penalty of $500, in accordance with the C-1 and F-1 penalty schedule set forth in WAC 390-37-143, payable within 30 days of the date of the Order. 

WARNING

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to report contributions and expenditures do a violation that warrants further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Daniel Sydney Hevenor will receive a formal written warning concerning your failure to report contributions and expenditures as required of a candidate running for public office. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Daniel Sydney Hevenor timely files all future required reports of contributions and expenditures. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/53400
53381 06/20/2019 William White Dorel Singeorzan Singeorzan, Dorel: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to register as a candidate with PDC within two weeks of declaring candidacy. (EY 2019) (Jun ’19) RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to file a Candidate Registration (C-1 report) with the PDC within two weeks of declaring candidacy
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/53381
53342 06/19/2019 Michelle Kaplan Patrick M. Shanahan Shanahan, Patrick: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.710 for failure to accurately and completely disclose personal financial affairs (June 19) RCW 42.17A.710 Case Closed with Written Warning

On June 13, 2019, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint alleging the Patrick Shanahan (Respondent), a University of Washington Board of Regents trustee from January 17, 2012 to September 30, 2016, may have violated RCW 42.17A.710 by failing to accurately and completely disclose real property, creditors and intangible personal property on the Personal Statement of Financial Affairs (F-1 report) for the reporting  periods of calendar 2014, 2015 and 2016. 

PDC staff reviewed the F-1 forms filed by the respondent between April 2012 and May 2017 and determined that he did not disclose his residence and brokerage accounts. However, he has since amended his F-1 reports to reflect the disclosure of both his residence and brokerage accounts. 

Based on these findings, PDC staff determined that, in this instance, failure to accurately and completely disclose certain financial information and intangible personal property on the F-1 report by the respondent is a violation that warrants no further investigation. 

However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the respondent received a formal written warning concerning his failure to disclose his residence on the F-1 report covering calendar year 2014, and for failing to report a broker-managed stock account on the F-1 report covering calendar years 2014 and 2015. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules. 

Based on this information, the PDC found no further action and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/53342
53323 06/18/2019 Glen Morgan Debbie Bertlin Bertlin, Debbie: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205 and .235 for failure to register and report contributions and expenditures as a candidate (EY 19; Jun 19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Glen Morgan on June 18, 2019. The complaint alleged that Debbie Bertlin (Respondent), a 2019 candidate for Mercer Island City Council, may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely file a Candidate Registration (C-1 report) within two weeks of becoming a candidate; and RCW 42.17A.235 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 Respondent.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely register as a candidate and report contributions do not amount to violations that warrant further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Debbie Bertlin about the importance of timely candidate registration, and subsequent timely disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities, 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/53323
53320 06/18/2019 Elizabeth Hallock Soneya Lund Lund, Soneya: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions and expenditures (EY 19; June 19) RCW 42.17A.235 Request for Technical Correction

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Elizabeth Hallock on June 12, 2019. The complaint alleged that Soneya Lund, a 2019 candidate for Yakima City Council, may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 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; correspondence provided by Soneya Lund; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, filing reports under the wrong Filer ID does not amount to a violation warranting further investigation.

Soneya Lund made minor or ministerial errors on required reports, which did not materially impact the public interest. Upon notification of these errors, PDC staff migrated the data to the correct Filer ID, and Soneya Lund timely amended their ORCA records for the correct campaign, making the necessary technical corrections as requested by staff.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/53320
53230 06/17/2019 Lynda Gerpheide Daniel R. Miller Miller, Daniel R.: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205 & .700 for failure to timely register as a candidate & file statement of financial affairs. (EY '19) (Jun '19) RCW 42.17A.700, RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Reminder

Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205 & .700 for failure to timely register as a candidate & file statement of financial affairs for election year 2019

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/53230
53227 06/17/2019 Dori Luzzo Gilmour Brad Anderson Anderson Brad: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely register as a candidate with PDC for election year 2019. (Jun 19) RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely register as a candidate with PDC for election year 2019
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/53227
52905 06/13/2019 Carrie L. Barrow Robert (Rocky) Samson III Samson, Robert (Rocky) III: Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to timely register and report contributions, expenditures, and financial affairs as a candidate; and for false statements in political advertising (EY 19; June 19) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.700, RCW 42.17A.335 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that Samson violated RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to file a Candidate Registration (C-1 report) within two weeks of declaring candidacy; RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to report contributions and expenditures as a candidate; RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file the Personal Statement of Financial Affairs (F-1 report) within two weeks of declaring candidacy; and RCW 42.17A.335 for sponsoring false statements of material fact about a candidate in political advertising.

RCW 42.17A.335 prohibits a person from sponsoring, with actual malice, a false statement of material fact about a candidate for public office that constitutes libel or defamation per se. The violation must be proven by clear and convincing evidence. There was no clear and convincing evidence of defamatory or libelous statements made with actual malice. 

Staff has determined, in this instance, the alleged failure to timely file a Candidate Registration (C-1 report) and to comply with the requirement to include proper sponsor identification on political advertising, do not amount to violations warranting further investigation. 

However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Robert Joseph "Rocky" Samson III will receive a warning letter concerning his failure to comply with PDC requirements.  

Should Robert Joseph "Rocky" Samson III be a future candidate for elective office, PDC staff expects Samson to timely file the C-1 and other required reports and list the complete sponsor identification on all political advertising in future years in accordance with PDC laws and rules. 

The Commission will consider this formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).     

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/52905
52903 06/13/2019 Donald Sorensen Jr. Jim Hill Hill, James (Jim): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205, 235, and .700 for failure to register and report contributions, expenditures, and financial affairs as a candidate (EY 19; June 19) RCW 42.17A.700, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.205 Request for Technical Correction

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Donald Sorensen Jr. on June 5, 2019. The complaint alleged that James (Jim) Hill may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely file a Candidate Registration (C-1 report) with the PDC, within two weeks of declaring candidacy. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; correspondence provided by Jim Hill; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, selecting the wrong office and jurisdiction on the C-1 report does not amount to a violation warranting further investigation. 

James (Jim) Hill made minor or ministerial errors on required reports, which did not materially impact the public interest. Upon notification of these errors, Jim Hill timely amended their reports, making the necessary technical corrections as requested by staff. 
 
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). 
 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/52903
52901 06/13/2019 Glen Morgan Kathryn Campbell Campbell, Kathryn (2): Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely disclose personal financial affairs in calendar year 2017 (EY 19; June 19) RCW 42.17A.700 Violation Found by Commission

Pursuant to the brief enforcement hearing (brief adjudicative proceeding) notice sent to Kathryn Campbell on August 6, 2019, A brief adjudicative proceeding was held on August 20, 2019, in Room 206, Evergreen Plaza Building, 711 Capitol Way, Olympia, Washington, to consider whether the Respondent violated RCW 42.17A.700 by failing to file a Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report) as an incumbent official, which was due to be filed not later than April 16, 2018, disclosing financial activities for calendar year 2017. 

The hearing was held in accordance with Chapters 34.05 RCW and 42.17A RCW and Chapter 390-37 WAC.  Commission Vice-Chair David Ammons was the Presiding Officer.  The Commission staff was represented by Tabatha Blacksmith, Compliance Coordinator.  The Respondent participated in the hearing in-person. 

Having considered the evidence, the Presiding Officer finds as follows: 
 

CONCLUSIONS OF LAW

  1. This matter was duly and properly convened and all jurisdictional, substantive, and procedural requirements have been satisfied.
  2. The Respondent violated RCW 42.17A.700 by failing to file the F-1 report by April 16, 2018.

ORDER

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Respondent is assessed a civil penalty of $150, with $150 of the penalty suspended, in accordance with the F-1 penalty schedule set forth in WAC 390-37-143, upon condition that the Respondent:

  1. Commit no further violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW or Title 390 WAC for a period of four years from the date of this Order.

 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/52901
52807 06/12/2019 Avi Neal Elliott Shapiro Preeti Shridhar Shridhar, Preeti: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to include sponsor identification in political advertising. RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder

Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to include sponsor identification in political advertising 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/52807
52387 06/05/2019 Glen Morgan Kate Kruller Kruller, Kate: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .235 & .240 for failure to timely register as a candidate and timely & accurately report contributions & expenditures. (EY '18 & '19) (Jun 2019) RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Reminder

The complaint alleged Kate Kruller, a candidate for Tukwila City Council Member, Pos. 6 may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely register as a candidate and RCW 42.17A .235 and .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 responses provided by Kate Kruller; the applicable PDC reports filed by Kruller; and reviewed Kruller’s data in the PDC contribution and expenditure database, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, 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 does not amount to a violation warranting further investigation. 

Kate Kruller made minor or ministerial errors on her required C-1 report, which did not materially impact the public interest. Upon notification of these errors, Kruller timely re-filed the report, making the necessary technical corrections as requested by staff. 

Kate Kruller also made minor or ministerial errors on her initial C-4 report, which did not materially impact the public interest. Upon notification of these errors, Kruller timely re-filed the report, making the necessary technical corrections as requested by staff. 

PDC staff is also reminding Kate Kruller about the importance of timely disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities, including personal property used for campaign purposes, 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). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/52387
52310 06/04/2019 Nikolas Battle & Tiffany Chang Diana White White, Diana K.: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 for failure to timely & accurately report contributions and expenditures. (Jun 2019) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely and accurately report contributions and expenditures
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/52310
51819 05/24/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Williams Plant Services Williams Plant Services (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 for failure to obtain proper employee authorization forms for political contribution payroll deductions and maintain for public inspection. (May 19) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by the Freedom Foundation on May 20, 2019. The complaint alleged that the 19 named respondents may have violated RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 for failure to maintain copies of payroll deduction authorizations for public inspection, deducting employee wages for contributions to political committees without first obtaining proper employee authorization forms, and for failure to allow employees to determine the amount of their wages to deduct for contributions to political committees on employee authorization forms. 
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes and rules; and a response provided by Wayne Gold Jr. on behalf of Doubl-Kold to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.  The PDC’s action was taken because Freedom Foundation did not submit evidence of violations obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

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).  The PDC’s action does not preclude Freedom Foundation from contacting individual employers/contractors and refiling a complaint based on evidence obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51819
51818 05/24/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Washington Building Trades Washington Building Trades (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms for political contribution payroll deductions. (May 19) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by the Freedom Foundation on May 20, 2019. The complaint alleged that the 19 named respondents may have violated RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 for failure to maintain copies of payroll deduction authorizations for public inspection, deducting employee wages for contributions to political committees without first obtaining proper employee authorization forms, and for failure to allow employees to determine the amount of their wages to deduct for contributions to political committees on employee authorization forms. 
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes and rules; and a response provided by Wayne Gold Jr. on behalf of Doubl-Kold to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.  The PDC’s action was taken because Freedom Foundation did not submit evidence of violations obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

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).  The PDC’s action does not preclude Freedom Foundation from contacting individual employers/contractors and refiling a complaint based on evidence obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51818
51817 05/24/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Waste Treatment Completion Company, LLC Waste Treatment Completion Company, LLC (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms for political contribution payroll deductions. (May 19) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by the Freedom Foundation on May 20, 2019. The complaint alleged that the 19 named respondents may have violated RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 for failure to maintain copies of payroll deduction authorizations for public inspection, deducting employee wages for contributions to political committees without first obtaining proper employee authorization forms, and for failure to allow employees to determine the amount of their wages to deduct for contributions to political committees on employee authorization forms. 
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes and rules; and a response provided by Wayne Gold Jr. on behalf of Doubl-Kold to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.  The PDC’s action was taken because Freedom Foundation did not submit evidence of violations obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

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).  The PDC’s action does not preclude Freedom Foundation from contacting individual employers/contractors and refiling a complaint based on evidence obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51817
51816 05/24/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) S2 Industrial, Inc. S2 Industrial, Inc: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 for failure to obtain proper employee authorization forms for political contribution payroll deductions and maintain for public inspection. (May 19) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by the Freedom Foundation on May 20, 2019. The complaint alleged that the 19 named respondents may have violated RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 for failure to maintain copies of payroll deduction authorizations for public inspection, deducting employee wages for contributions to political committees without first obtaining proper employee authorization forms, and for failure to allow employees to determine the amount of their wages to deduct for contributions to political committees on employee authorization forms. 
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes and rules; and a response provided by Wayne Gold Jr. on behalf of Doubl-Kold to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.  The PDC’s action was taken because Freedom Foundation did not submit evidence of violations obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

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).  The PDC’s action does not preclude Freedom Foundation from contacting individual employers/contractors and refiling a complaint based on evidence obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51816
51815 05/24/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) McKinstry Company, LLC McKinstry Company, LLC (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 for failure to obtain proper employee authorization forms for political contribution payroll deductions and maintain for public inspection. (May 19) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by the Freedom Foundation on May 20, 2019. The complaint alleged that the 19 named respondents may have violated RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 for failure to maintain copies of payroll deduction authorizations for public inspection, deducting employee wages for contributions to political committees without first obtaining proper employee authorization forms, and for failure to allow employees to determine the amount of their wages to deduct for contributions to political committees on employee authorization forms. 
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes and rules; and a response provided by Wayne Gold Jr. on behalf of Doubl-Kold to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.  The PDC’s action was taken because Freedom Foundation did not submit evidence of violations obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

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).  The PDC’s action does not preclude Freedom Foundation from contacting individual employers/contractors and refiling a complaint based on evidence obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51815
51814 05/24/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) JH Kelly, LLC JH Kelly, LLC (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 for failure to obtain proper employee authorization forms for political contribution payroll deductions and maintain for public inspection. (May 19) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by the Freedom Foundation on May 20, 2019. The complaint alleged that the 19 named respondents may have violated RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 for failure to maintain copies of payroll deduction authorizations for public inspection, deducting employee wages for contributions to political committees without first obtaining proper employee authorization forms, and for failure to allow employees to determine the amount of their wages to deduct for contributions to political committees on employee authorization forms. 
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes and rules; and a response provided by Wayne Gold Jr. on behalf of Doubl-Kold to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.  The PDC’s action was taken because Freedom Foundation did not submit evidence of violations obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

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).  The PDC’s action does not preclude Freedom Foundation from contacting individual employers/contractors and refiling a complaint based on evidence obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51814
51813 05/24/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 for failure to obtain proper employee authorization forms for political contribution payroll deductions and maintain for public inspection. (May 19) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by the Freedom Foundation on May 20, 2019. The complaint alleged that the 19 named respondents may have violated RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 for failure to maintain copies of payroll deduction authorizations for public inspection, deducting employee wages for contributions to political committees without first obtaining proper employee authorization forms, and for failure to allow employees to determine the amount of their wages to deduct for contributions to political committees on employee authorization forms. 
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes and rules; and a response provided by Wayne Gold Jr. on behalf of Doubl-Kold to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.  The PDC’s action was taken because Freedom Foundation did not submit evidence of violations obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

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).  The PDC’s action does not preclude Freedom Foundation from contacting individual employers/contractors and refiling a complaint based on evidence obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51813
51812 05/24/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Iron Mountain Management Iron Mountain Management (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 for failure to obtain proper employee authorization forms for political contribution payroll deductions and maintain for public inspection. (May 19) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by the Freedom Foundation on May 20, 2019. The complaint alleged that the 19 named respondents may have violated RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 for failure to maintain copies of payroll deduction authorizations for public inspection, deducting employee wages for contributions to political committees without first obtaining proper employee authorization forms, and for failure to allow employees to determine the amount of their wages to deduct for contributions to political committees on employee authorization forms. 
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes and rules; and a response provided by Wayne Gold Jr. on behalf of Doubl-Kold to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.  The PDC’s action was taken because Freedom Foundation did not submit evidence of violations obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

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).  The PDC’s action does not preclude Freedom Foundation from contacting individual employers/contractors and refiling a complaint based on evidence obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51812
51811 05/24/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Intermech, Inc. Intermech, Inc. (2):Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 for failure to obtain proper employee authorization forms for political contribution payroll deductions and maintain for public inspection. (May 19) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by the Freedom Foundation on May 20, 2019. The complaint alleged that the 19 named respondents may have violated RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 for failure to maintain copies of payroll deduction authorizations for public inspection, deducting employee wages for contributions to political committees without first obtaining proper employee authorization forms, and for failure to allow employees to determine the amount of their wages to deduct for contributions to political committees on employee authorization forms. 
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes and rules; and a response provided by Wayne Gold Jr. on behalf of Doubl-Kold to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.  The PDC’s action was taken because Freedom Foundation did not submit evidence of violations obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

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).  The PDC’s action does not preclude Freedom Foundation from contacting individual employers/contractors and refiling a complaint based on evidence obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51811
51810 05/24/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Infrasource Services, LLC Infrasource Services, LLC (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 for failure to obtain proper employee authorization forms for political contribution payroll deductions and maintain for public inspection. (May 19) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by the Freedom Foundation on May 20, 2019. The complaint alleged that the 19 named respondents may have violated RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 for failure to maintain copies of payroll deduction authorizations for public inspection, deducting employee wages for contributions to political committees without first obtaining proper employee authorization forms, and for failure to allow employees to determine the amount of their wages to deduct for contributions to political committees on employee authorization forms. 
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes and rules; and a response provided by Wayne Gold Jr. on behalf of Doubl-Kold to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.  The PDC’s action was taken because Freedom Foundation did not submit evidence of violations obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

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).  The PDC’s action does not preclude Freedom Foundation from contacting individual employers/contractors and refiling a complaint based on evidence obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51810
51809 05/24/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Indian Eyes, LLC Indian Eyes, LLC (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 for failure to obtain proper employee authorization forms for political contribution payroll deductions and maintain for public inspection. (May 19) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by the Freedom Foundation on May 20, 2019. The complaint alleged that the 19 named respondents may have violated RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 for failure to maintain copies of payroll deduction authorizations for public inspection, deducting employee wages for contributions to political committees without first obtaining proper employee authorization forms, and for failure to allow employees to determine the amount of their wages to deduct for contributions to political committees on employee authorization forms. 
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes and rules; and a response provided by Wayne Gold Jr. on behalf of Doubl-Kold to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.  The PDC’s action was taken because Freedom Foundation did not submit evidence of violations obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

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).  The PDC’s action does not preclude Freedom Foundation from contacting individual employers/contractors and refiling a complaint based on evidence obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51809
51808 05/24/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Doubl-Kold Doubl-Kold (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms for political contribution payroll deductions. (May 19) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by the Freedom Foundation on May 20, 2019. The complaint alleged that the 19 named respondents may have violated RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 for failure to maintain copies of payroll deduction authorizations for public inspection, deducting employee wages for contributions to political committees without first obtaining proper employee authorization forms, and for failure to allow employees to determine the amount of their wages to deduct for contributions to political committees on employee authorization forms. 
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes and rules; and a response provided by Wayne Gold Jr. on behalf of Doubl-Kold to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.  The PDC’s action was taken because Freedom Foundation did not submit evidence of violations obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

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).  The PDC’s action does not preclude Freedom Foundation from contacting individual employers/contractors and refiling a complaint based on evidence obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51808
51807 05/24/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Day & Zimmerman NPS Day & Zimmerman NPS (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 for failure to obtain proper employee authorization forms for political contribution payroll deductions and maintain for public inspection. (May 19) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by the Freedom Foundation on May 20, 2019. The complaint alleged that the 19 named respondents may have violated RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 for failure to maintain copies of payroll deduction authorizations for public inspection, deducting employee wages for contributions to political committees without first obtaining proper employee authorization forms, and for failure to allow employees to determine the amount of their wages to deduct for contributions to political committees on employee authorization forms. 
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes and rules; and a response provided by Wayne Gold Jr. on behalf of Doubl-Kold to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.  The PDC’s action was taken because Freedom Foundation did not submit evidence of violations obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

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).  The PDC’s action does not preclude Freedom Foundation from contacting individual employers/contractors and refiling a complaint based on evidence obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51807
51806 05/24/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Cogen Cleaning Technology Cogen Cleaning Technology: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 for failure to obtain proper employee authorization forms for political contribution payroll deductions and maintain for public inspection. (May 19) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by the Freedom Foundation on May 20, 2019. The complaint alleged that the 19 named respondents may have violated RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 for failure to maintain copies of payroll deduction authorizations for public inspection, deducting employee wages for contributions to political committees without first obtaining proper employee authorization forms, and for failure to allow employees to determine the amount of their wages to deduct for contributions to political committees on employee authorization forms. 
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes and rules; and a response provided by Wayne Gold Jr. on behalf of Doubl-Kold to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.  The PDC’s action was taken because Freedom Foundation did not submit evidence of violations obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

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).  The PDC’s action does not preclude Freedom Foundation from contacting individual employers/contractors and refiling a complaint based on evidence obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51806
51805 05/24/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Central Washington Refrigeration Central Washington Refrigeration (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 for failure to obtain proper employee authorization forms for political contribution payroll deductions and maintain for public inspection. (May 19) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by the Freedom Foundation on May 20, 2019. The complaint alleged that the 19 named respondents may have violated RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 for failure to maintain copies of payroll deduction authorizations for public inspection, deducting employee wages for contributions to political committees without first obtaining proper employee authorization forms, and for failure to allow employees to determine the amount of their wages to deduct for contributions to political committees on employee authorization forms. 
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes and rules; and a response provided by Wayne Gold Jr. on behalf of Doubl-Kold to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.  The PDC’s action was taken because Freedom Foundation did not submit evidence of violations obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

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).  The PDC’s action does not preclude Freedom Foundation from contacting individual employers/contractors and refiling a complaint based on evidence obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51805
51804 05/24/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) BNB Mechanical, LLC BNB Mechanical, LLC (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 for failure to obtain proper employee authorization forms for political contribution payroll deductions and maintain for public inspection. (May 19) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by the Freedom Foundation on May 20, 2019. The complaint alleged that the 19 named respondents may have violated RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 for failure to maintain copies of payroll deduction authorizations for public inspection, deducting employee wages for contributions to political committees without first obtaining proper employee authorization forms, and for failure to allow employees to determine the amount of their wages to deduct for contributions to political committees on employee authorization forms. 
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes and rules; and a response provided by Wayne Gold Jr. on behalf of Doubl-Kold to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.  The PDC’s action was taken because Freedom Foundation did not submit evidence of violations obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

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).  The PDC’s action does not preclude Freedom Foundation from contacting individual employers/contractors and refiling a complaint based on evidence obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51804
51803 05/24/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Apollo Mechanical Contractors Apollo Mechanical Contractors (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 for failure to obtain proper employee authorization forms for political contribution payroll deductions and maintain for public inspection. (May 19) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by the Freedom Foundation on May 20, 2019. The complaint alleged that the 19 named respondents may have violated RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 for failure to maintain copies of payroll deduction authorizations for public inspection, deducting employee wages for contributions to political committees without first obtaining proper employee authorization forms, and for failure to allow employees to determine the amount of their wages to deduct for contributions to political committees on employee authorization forms. 
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes and rules; and a response provided by Wayne Gold Jr. on behalf of Doubl-Kold to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.  The PDC’s action was taken because Freedom Foundation did not submit evidence of violations obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

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).  The PDC’s action does not preclude Freedom Foundation from contacting individual employers/contractors and refiling a complaint based on evidence obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51803
51802 05/24/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) American Electric, Inc American Electric, Inc. (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17-100 for failure to obtain proper employee authorization forms for political contribution payroll deductions and maintain for public inspection. (May 19) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by the Freedom Foundation on May 20, 2019. The complaint alleged that the 19 named respondents may have violated RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100 for failure to maintain copies of payroll deduction authorizations for public inspection, deducting employee wages for contributions to political committees without first obtaining proper employee authorization forms, and for failure to allow employees to determine the amount of their wages to deduct for contributions to political committees on employee authorization forms. 
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes and rules; and a response provided by Wayne Gold Jr. on behalf of Doubl-Kold to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.  The PDC’s action was taken because Freedom Foundation did not submit evidence of violations obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

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).  The PDC’s action does not preclude Freedom Foundation from contacting individual employers/contractors and refiling a complaint based on evidence obtained from individual employers/contractors. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51802
51796 05/24/2019 Carly Coburn Lisa Thomas Thomas, Lisa: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to file C-1 Candidate Registration Report within two weeks of declaring candidacy. Case Closed with Reminder

Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to file C-1 Candidate Registration within two weeks of declaring candidacy.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51796
51330 05/15/2019 Andrew Saturn Linda Oosterman Oosterman, Linda (5): Alleged violation of Chapter 42.17A RCW for receiving and failing to report over-limit contributions reported as independent expenditures by Up for Thurston County (EY 18; May 19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.270, RCW 42.17A.310, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.265, WAC 390-05-210, RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Andrew Saturn on April 23, 2019. The complaint alleged that Linda Oosterman, a 2018 candidate for Public Utility Commissioner for Thurston County, may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to report Paul Berendt as a committee officer; RCW 42.17A.235, .240, .310, and WAC 390-05-210 for failure to accurately and timely report in-kind contributions from expenditures coordinated with Up for Thurston County (Sponsored by Puget Sound Energy); RCW 42.17A.265 for failure to timely report last minute in-kind contributions from coordinated expenditures with Up for Thurston County (Sponsored by Puget Sound Energy) within 48 hours of receipt; and RCW 42.17A.270 for failure to timely and accurately report contributions made by Puget Sound Energy to Up for Thurston County (Sponsored by Puget Sound Energy), allegedly earmarked for coordinated expenditures with Linda Oosterman; and RCW 42.17A.420 for accepting contributions from coordinated expenditures made by Up for Thurston County exceeding $5,000 within 21 days of the general election.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by the Re-Elect Linda Oosterman Campaign (Campaign); the minutes from the Thurston County Democratic Party Endorsement Meeting; the applicable PDC reports filed by the Campaign and Up for Thurston County (Sponsored by Puget Sound Energy); and queried the Campaign and Up for Thurston County (Sponsored by Puget Sound Energy)’s data in the PDC contribution and expenditure database, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

The complaint alleged the Committee failed to disclose Paul Berendt as a Committee officer based on: (1) a letter Paul Berendt allegedly distributed at a meeting of the Thurston County Democratic Party in coordination with the Oosterman Campaign; and (2) a $16.39 in-kind contribution made from Paul Berendt to the Committee for a high-resolution copy of a photograph of Linda Oosterman was taken from a photo-sharing website and used to facilitate the electioneering communication mailer.

The evidence provided, which staff reviewed, does not support a finding that Paul Berendt served as an officer for the Oosterman Campaign in the capacity to “make, direct, or authorize contributions, expenditure, strategic or policy decisions on behalf of the committee.” 

The complaint alleged that the electioneering communication sponsored and mailed by the Committee totaling $9,952 in support of Linda Oosterman, was made in cooperation and coordination with the Campaign, and should have been reported as an in-kind contribution in accordance with RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-05-210, based on the same facts concerning officer status as noted in the letters dismissing this case.  In addition, the complaint alleged that the factors listed in WAC 390-05-210 of presumptive coordination were met by the ‘Dear Friends’ letter, and the quality of a photograph used on a mailer printed by Capitol City Press, stating “[g]eneral members of the public would have no way to know about this letter or receive a copy unless they were working in close coordination with the Linda Oosterman campaign as a member of the executive committee” citing an email from the Campaign’s consultant Joe Hyer, which states “I don’t remember any significant quantity of that letter being produced- I was given a copy to review, but the candidate didn’t have much of a mailing list that would work with this letter.

No evidence was provided that the Committee expenditures were made in “cooperation, concert or collaboration with, or at the request or suggestion” of a Linda Oosterman, authorized campaign, or an agent of the campaign.

The remaining alleged violations of failure to timely report last minute in-kind contributions, failure to timely and accurately report earmarked in-kind contributions, and accepting contributions exceeding $5,000 within 21 days of the general election rely upon a finding that the expenditures undertaken by Up for Thurston County (Sponsored by Puget Sound Energy) constituted in-kind contributions to the Campaign, which the evidence does not support.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, the evidence does not support a finding of a violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51330
51097 05/10/2019 Darrell Lambert Fuzzy Fletcher Fletcher Fuzzy: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205 & .700 for failure to timely register candidate committee & file a Personal Financial Affairs Statement within two weeks of publicly declaring candidacy. (May 19) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.700 Case Closed with Reminder

This case alleged that Fuzzy Fletcher (the "Respondent") may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 and .700 by failing to timely register as a candidate and file a statement of financial affairs within two weeks of publicly declaring candidacy. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations, applicable statutes, rules and reporting requirements, the response provided by the Respondent, and the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent to determine whether they supported a finding of one or more violations.

Based on staff's review, the PDC found that the Respondent publicly announced his candidacy for Snoqualmie City Council position #4 at a Snoqualmie City Council Meeting on April 8, 2019. Pursuant to RCW 42.17A.205 and .700, the Respondent was required to file a Candidate Registration (C-1 report) and a Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report) with the PDC within two weeks of becoming a candidate (e.g. publicly announcing candidacy). The Respondent indicated that the late reports were the result of his erroneous belief that they were not due until after a candidate officially files with the appropriate Elections office.

Upon being notified of the missing reports, the Respondent quickly contacted the PDC and made a good-faith effort to resolve the matter by filing the required reports. The PDC received the Respondent's F-1 report on 5/14/19 and C-1 report on 5/16/19. 

The Respondent's noncompliance was the result of a good-faith error or omission, the impact to the public was minimal, the oversight did not occur during a critical election period, and the Respondent quickly took corrective action.  PDC reminded the Respondent about the importance of timely registering as a candidate and submitting a statement of financial affairs with the PDC within two weeks of becoming a candidate, and timely filing all future PDC reports. Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action was warranted and dismissed the matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51097
51086 05/10/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Washington State Council of County and City Employees Washington State Council of County and City Employees (WSCCCE): Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235, .240 for failure to timely and accurately report in-kind contributions, and timely report contributions and expenditures, for 2014-2019. (May 19) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Written Warning

A complaint was filed against the Washington State Council of County and City Employees PAC (Committee), a continuing political committee registered with the PDC, alleging violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing to timely file Campaign Full Summary Contributions and Expenditures reports (C-4 reports) disclosing contribution and expenditure activities, including staff time and the overhead costs to operate and maintain the committee for calendar years 2014 through 2018.

PDC staff's review found  the Committee failed to timely report $3,843.78 for in-kind contributions received from Washington State Council of County and City Employees (WSCCE) for calendar years 2014 through 2018, and that information was not disclosed until July 23, 2019, when the amended C-4 reports were filed. 

However, based on staff's findings and the information listed below, PDC staff has determined that the facts in this instance do not amount to a finding of a violation warranting further investigation.  Staff considered several mitigating factors that included: (1) the $3,843.78 in late disclosed in-kind contributions received by the Committee from WSCCE for staffing and overhead costs of running the PAC was not material in amount and had no impact on the public; (2) the Committee timely disclosed the majority of the C-3 and C-4 reports for calendar years 2014 through 2018; and (3) neither the WSCCE nor the Committee has any prior PDC violations.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), PDC staff formally warned the Committee concerning the importance of timely and accurately filing C-3 and C-4 reports disclosing contribution and expenditure activities undertaken by a continuing political committee, in accordance with PDC laws, rules and reporting requirements.  This formal written warning conveys staff’s expectation that the Committee will fully comply with the reporting requirements for a continuing political committee in the future, including the timely disclosure of the WSCCE staffing and overhead costs of running the PAC. The Commission will consider this formal written warning if there are any future PDC law or rule violations by Committee.

Based on this information, PDC staff is dismissing the remaining allegations in this matter against the Washington State Council of County and City Employees PAC in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).  

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/51086
50825 05/02/2019 Reece A. Williams Dale Ragan Ragan, Dale: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.255 by failing to report independent expenditure for political advertising. (Apr 2019) RCW 42.17A.255 Case Closed with Reminder

This case alleged that the Respondent may have violated RCW 42.17A.255 by failing to report independent expenditure(s) for political advertising (e.g. No on Fire Bond signs). PDC staff reviewed the allegations, applicable statutes, rules and reporting requirements, the response provided by the Respondent, and the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent to determine whether they support a finding of one or more violations.

Based on staff's review, the PDC found that the Respondent purchased 50 signs from SignRocket on March 20, 2019 for $253.50. The signs contained an opposition ad concerning a fire bond and were distributed in Mt. Vernon in late March/early April of 2019. The signs were purchased and paid for by the Respondent using his own funds. 

Pursuant to RCW 42.17A.255, a person who makes an independent expenditure equaling $100 or more (aggregate, per election campaign) in support or opposition to a candidate or ballot proposition is required to file a C-6 report with the PDC within 5 days. The Respondent indicated he was unaware of the need to report independent expenditures but quickly took corrective action upon being notified of his registration requirements.

PDC staff reminded the Respondent about the importance of timely disclosing any independent expenditures for political advertising and timely filing all future PDC reports, as applicable. The PDC found that no further action was warranted and dismissed the matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/50825
50704 04/29/2019 Susan Wilkins Lake Washington School District Officials (Jane Stavem, Superintendent) Lake Washington School District Officials: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities to support levy measure (EY 19; Apr 19) RCW 42.17A 555 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Susan Wilkins on April 23, 2019. The complaint alleged that Officials and Public Employees of the Lake Washington School District may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities to support a levy measure.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Lake Washington School District (District); the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, the evidence does not support a finding of a violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/50704
50698 04/29/2019 Nikita Minkin Ginny Scantlebury Scantlebury, Ginny: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to include sponsor identification in political advertising. (Apr 2019) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder

This case alleged that the Respondent may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 by failing to include sponsor identification in political advertising (e.g. brochures, website). PDC staff reviewed the allegations, applicable statutes, rules and reporting requirements, and the responses provided by the Respondent to determine whether they support a finding of one or more violations.

Based on staff's review, the PDC found that the Respondent's campaign created and distributed brochures in approximately April of 2019 that lacked the sponsor's name and address. This sponsor ID information was also omitted from the Respondent's website, which was created on April 8, 2019.

Upon being notified of the missing sponsor ID information, the Respondent ceased using its brochures and quickly resolved the matter by updating its website and adding stickers containing sponsor name and address to its existing brochures.

PDC staff reminded the Respondent about the importance of including sponsor ID on all future political advertising. Based on the information, the PDC found that no further action was warranted and dismissed the matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/50698
50640 04/26/2019 David Churchman Paul M Herrera Herrera, Paul: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file the Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 Report) within two weeks of becoming a candidate. (APR 2019, EY 2019) Case Closed with Reminder

Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to timely file the F-1 Personal Financial Affairs Statement within two weeks of becoming a candidate. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/50640
50639 04/26/2019 Nick Minkin Ginny Scantleburry Scantlebury, Virginia: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose complete sponsorship information. (APR 2019, EY 2019) RCW 42.17A.320 Closed Administratively

This case was closed administratively because the PDC received two, substantially similar complaints from a single Complainant alleging potential violations of the same statute by a single Respondent. The Respondent's use of a nickname also made it appear that the complaints concerned two, different individuals. 

For clarity and the convenience of the parties involved, the PDC consolidated the complaints, evidence and response in a single case, which is retained as PDC Case 50698. Conversely, PDC Case 50639 is now closed.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/50639
50329 04/18/2019 Andrew Saturn Jay Rodne Rodne, Jay: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.600 and WAC 390-20-143 for failure to register PacRim Bridges as a lobbyist firm, and Jay Rodne as a lobbyist agent (EY 19; Apr 19) RCW 42.17A.600, WAC 390-20-143 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Andrew Saturn on April 10, 2019. The complaint alleged that Jay Rodne may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.600 and WAC 390-20-143 for failure to register Pac Rim Bridges, LLC as a lobbyist firm; and (2) RCW 42.17A.600 for failure to register himself as a lobbyist with Pac Rim Bridges, LLC.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response(s) provided by Jay Rodne and Senator Doug Ericksen in a related case (PDC Case 50328), to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

The written responses from Jay Rodne and Senator Doug Ericksen, confirm that Pac Rim Bridges, LLC and its two named governors, do not meet the statutory definition of a lobbyist and that neither Pac Rim nor Mr. Rodne have engaged in lobbying activities that would require registration with the PDC.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of an actual violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/50329
50328 04/18/2019 Andrew Saturn Doug Ericksen Ericksen, Doug: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.600 and WAC 390-20-143 for failure to register PacRim Bridges as a lobbyist firm, and Doug Ericksen as a lobbyist agent (EY 19; Apr 19) RCW 42.17A.600, WAC 390-20-143 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Andrew Saturn on April 10, 2019. The complaint alleged that Doug Ericksen, a Senator in Legislative District 42, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.600 and WAC 390-20-143 for failure to register Pac Rim Bridges, LLC as a lobbyist firm; and (2) RCW 42.17A.600 for failure to register himself as a lobbyist with Pac Rim Bridges, LLC.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response(s) provided by Senator Ericksen and Jay Rodne in a related case (PDC Case 50329), to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

The written responses from Senator Ericksen and Jay Rodne, confirm that Pac Rim Bridges, LLC and its two named governors, do not meet the statutory definition of a lobbyist and that neither Pac Rim nor Senator Ericksen have engaged in lobbying activities that would require registration with the PDC.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of an actual violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/50328
50297 04/18/2019 Robert L Fiedler, Glenn Ash International Association of Firefighters Local 1983 International Association of Firefighters Local 1983: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public facilities to promote a ballot measure. (Apr 2019) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

This case alleged that International Association of Firefighters Local 1983 (the "Respondent") may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by using public facilities (Mt. Vernon Fire Department's address) to promote a ballot measure (advertisement supporting Prop 1 fire bond).

PDC staff reviewed the allegations, applicable statutes, rules and reporting requirements, and the responses provided by the Respondent to determine whether they supported a finding of one or more violations. Staff's review found the following: 

The Respondent sponsored a political ad supporting Prop 1 fire bond that included an address of "1901 N LaVenture, ATTN Union Mail Box, Mount Vernon, WA 98273," the address used by the City of Mt. Vernon Fire Dept., its administrative staff, and Fire Station 2. The mailer clearly identified the Respondent as its sponsor, as required under RCW 42.17A.320, and included a specific reference to the union's mailbox. The Respondent timely filed the necessary C-6 reports with the PDC, disclosing its independent expenditures pertaining to Prop 1. 

RCW 42.17A.555 prohibits elected officials and employees of public offices and agencies from using or authorizing the use of public office/agency facilities to promote or oppose any ballot proposition. Activities exempted from this prohibition include, but are not limited to, activities that are "part of the normal and regular conduct of the office or agency." However, whereas a union is not an elected official or public employee, it cannot violate RCW 42.17A.555.

 The Respondent stated it has maintained a mailbox at 1901 N LaVenture Rd Mt. Vernon, WA 98273 for approximately 20 years and such access is a prevailing right under its collective bargaining agreement with the City of Mt. Vernon. The Respondent indicated that the mailer was created by union members during non-work hours on personal, home computers and sent to a printer via personal email. The Respondent also indicated that "no materials were created or distributed at or from any facility at any time and no campaign activity took place outside of regularly scheduled union meetings." 

As a public agency, the City of Mt. Vernon is subject to RCW 42.17A.555. However, the city's practice of allowing the Respondent to use a mailbox located at its fire station appears to be normal and regular conduct for the city under WAC 390-05-273 because the activity is lawful, authorized by the city, and usual (not extraordinary) given the fact that the Respondent has received correspondence of all kinds via the mailbox for several years. 

Based on these findings, PDC staff determined that the Respondent's use of a mailbox located on city property - and the disclosure of this address in political advertising - does not amount to a violation warranting further investigation. The PDC found that no further action was warranted and dismissed the matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

 

 

 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/50297
50292 04/18/2019 Kaidi Williams Evergreen Yes (Randy Pepple) Evergeen Yes: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to include complete sponsor identification on political advertising. RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder

Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to include complete sponsor identification on political advertising. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/50292
50178 04/15/2019 James Busey Barry DePaoli DePaoli, Barry: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.555 for use of school district resources to distribute political advertising from Citizens Campaign Committee (EY 19; April 19) RCW 42.17A 555 Resolved through Statement of Understanding

Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of school district emails to distribute political advertising sponsored by the Citizens Campaign Committee, a political committee in favor of a bond measure for the Lake Chelan School District.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/50178
49906 04/11/2019 Tony Guzman Juan Eddie Orozco (aka) John Edward Orozco Orozco, Juan: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for use of public facilities to support political campaign expenditures. RCW 42.17A 555 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for use of public facilities to support political campaign expenditures.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/49906
49439 04/03/2019 Andrew Saturn VerifyMore VerifyMore: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.207 for failure to register as an incidental committee as required by SB 5991 which took effect on January 1, 2019. (MARCH 2019) Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.207 for failure to register as an incidental committee following the creation of the Washington State DISCLOSE Act (SB 5991), which took effect on January 1, 2019.  

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/49439
49254 03/29/2019 Andrew Saturn Linda Oosterman Oosterman, Linda (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.305, .235 & .310 for failure to report electioneering communications & in-kind contributions, and fully describe advertising expenditures. (Mar 2019) RCW 42.17A.310, RCW 42.17A.305, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Reminder

This case alleged that Linda Oosterman (the “Respondent”) may have violated RCW 42.17A.305, .235 & .310 by failing to report electioneering communications and in-kind contributions, and fully disclose advertising expenditures for a “Dear Friends” letter and “Vote Linda” color copy & cardstock “strips.” 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations, the applicable statutes, rules and reporting requirements, the responses provided by the Respondent, and the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on its findings, staff determined that, in this instance, the Respondent’s failure to fully describe expenditures reported on C-4 reports does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation. PDC staff reminded Linda Oosterman about the importance of fully describing advertising and other expenditure details on C-4 reports pursuant to RCW 42.17A.235. 

The Respondent made minor or ministerial errors on required reports, which did not materially impact the public interest. Upon notification of these errors, the Respondent timely amended her reports, making the necessary technical corrections. The PDC found that no further action was warranted and dismissed the matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/49254
48963 03/25/2019 Andrew Saturn Linda Oosterman Oosterman, Linda: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.330, .240 & .555 for failure use a recent photo in political advertising, report in-kind contribution; and by using public facilities to assist an election campaign. (Mar 2019) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.330, RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

This case alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.330, .240 & .555 1) for failure to use at least one photo, taken within the last 5 years, in all political advertising (e.g. 2012 photo used for profile image on campaign Facebook page), 2) failure to report use of the photograph as an in-kind contribution to the current campaign; and 3) by using public facilities (e.g. an agency photo) to assist an election campaign. PDC staff reviewed the allegations, applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements, the response provided by the Respondent, and the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent to determine if they support a finding of one or more violations. Staff’s review found the following:

The Respondent is an elected Commissioner for the Thurston County Public Utility District (PUD) and was a candidate for this office & jurisdiction during election year 2018. As a result, the Respondent is subject to RCW 42.17A.330 and .240, which require 1) at least one photograph used in any political advertising to have been taken within the last five years; and 2) the monetary value of any contributions to be reported. The Respondent is also subject to .555, which prohibits elected officials from using a public office or agency facilities to assist an election campaign. 

The evidence provided by the Complainant included four photos that appeared on the Respondent's campaign Facebook account and a 2012 photo that appears on the PUD's official website, the website of the non-profit organization Pro Truth Pledge, and was published in a county voter's pamphlet. Of the photographic evidence provided, only the Facebook photo(s) appear to constitute political advertising. 

The photos used on the Respondent's campaign Facebook page were taken in 2017 & 2018 by volunteer supporters, who are not professional photographers, using cell phones; the photos were provided to the Respondent at no cost. Subsequently, the photos comply with the age requirements of .330. Per WAC 390-17-405, photos taken by unpaid persons who do not normally charge a fee are "volunteer services" that do not need to be reported as contributions. The value of the photos themselves appear to be de minimis in nature. 

The 2012 photo was taken by Vento Photography and the expenditure was reported by the Respondent to the PDC in April, 2012; this professional photo was gifted by the Respondent to the PUD in 2013, was not used for campaign purposes, and need not be reported as an in-kind contribution to the Respondent under .240. Pro Truth Pledge obtained the 2012 photo from another source & re-posted it without the Respondent's knowledge. The evidence provided by the Complainant was insufficient to demonstrate the 2012 photo was used for political advertising during the Respondent's 2018 election campaign. Furthermore, the professional photo paid for by the Respondent in 2012 was not produced by a public office or agency and therefore does not constitute use of public facilities under .555.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/48963
48709 03/18/2019 Dave Churchman David Prutzman Prutzman, David: Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to register and report as a political committee, and failure to disclose sponsor ID on political advertising (EY 19; Mar 19) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Reminder

The complaint alleged David Prutzman violated RCW 42.17A.205 for failing to timely register a political committee, RCW 42.17A.235 for failing to report contributions and expenditures as a political committee and RCW 42.17A.320 for failing to disclose true sponsors. All allegations relate to the of Strong Mayor initiative in Puyallup.

Staff has determined that in this instance, the failure to report expenditures of $108.63 does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation. PDC staff is reminding David Prutzman about the importance of the requirements regarding filing accurately and timely in future years 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). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/48709
48521 03/14/2019 Andrew Saturn Up for Thurston County Up for Thurston County (3): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to disclose committee officers, .320 for failure to include officer name in on political advertising, .750 for filing false documents with the Commission (EY 18; Mar 19) rcw 42.17a.750, RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Written Warning

On March 13, 2019, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint alleging that the Up for Thurston County (Committee) may have violated RCW 42.17A.205, .320 and .750 (1) by failing to disclose any full committee officer(s) on the Committee Registration (C-1pc) at the time of the initial registration; (2) by knowingly filing a false C-1pc reports with the Commission; and (3) by failing to list Jason Bennett in sponsor identification on political advertising  as the sole controlling individual for Up for Thurston County. 

PDC reviewed the complaint and noted that the Committee did not initially include the information expressly required by law on the C-1pc, but later amended its C-1pc and included both the sponsor and the committee officer. While the Committee failed to include the full committee officer(s) and the name of the committee sponsor on the initial C-1pc and the subsequent two amended C-1pcs, it did eventually include both the sponsor's name and name of the controlling officer of the Committee after reaching out to the PDC for guidance /advice. 

Based on these findings, staff determined that, in this instance, the failure to file an accurate and complete Committee Registration (C-1pc), which was later amended to include all the required information, is a violation that does not warrant further investigation. 

Based on this information, PDC staff dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/48521
48424 03/13/2019 Eli Sanders Google, LLC. Google, LLC (2): Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.345 and WAC 390-18-050 for failure to promptly provide documents and books of account concerning political advertising, upon request from any person (EY 19; Mar 19) WAC 390-18-050, RCW 42.17A.345 Investigation of Possible Violation

Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.345 and WAC 390-18-050 for failure to provide documents and books of account detailing the exact nature and extent of political advertising services rendered, within 24 hours of request from any person.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/48424
48311 03/11/2019 Edward Horejs III Jennifer Robertson Robertson, Jennifer: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-205 for failure to accurately report expenditures (EY 15; Mar 19) WAC 390-16-207, RCW 42.17A.240, wac 390-16-205 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Edward Horejs on March 5, 2019. The complaint alleged that Jennifer Robertson, a 2015 candidate for Bellevue City Council may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately and completely disclose in-kind contributions and debts on Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports), and WAC 390-16-037 and WAC 390-16-205 for failure to accurately disclose sub-vendor breakdowns for expenditures undertaken by the campaign. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Jennifer Robertson; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to accurately and completely break down expenditure details does not amount to a violation warranting further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Jennifer Robertson will receive a formal written warning concerning failure to accurately and completely disclose expenditure details, including the number of items and sub-vendors actually providing the goods and services for the campaign. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Jennifer Robertson provides detailed descriptions of expenditure details on all future required reports. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/48311
48307 03/11/2019 Andrew Saturn Facebook, Inc. Facebook, Inc. (4): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.345 and WAC 390-18-050 for failure to maintain and provide documents and books of account for public inspection (EY 19; Mar 19) WAC 390-18-050, RCW 42.17A.345 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Andrew Saturn on March 1, 2019. The complaint alleged that Facebook Inc., a commercial advertiser, may have violated RCW 42.17A.345 for failure to promptly provide documents and books of account regarding political advertising upon request.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes and rules; and the response provided by Facebook Inc. to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding that the complainant made a request for commercial advertiser records relating to political advertising, or that Facebook Inc. denied the complainant access to these records.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/48307
48011 03/06/2019 Roger Lenk Brian Brooks Brooks, Brian & Kennewick SD #17 Board of Directors: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by failing to provide required notice of a Prop. 1 bond-related topic & allow the public to express opposing views at its Jan. 9, 2019 Board Meeting. (Mar 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with Reminder

This case alleged that Kennewick School District No. 17 Board of Directors Dawn Adams, Brian Brooks, Heather Kintzley, Ron Mabry & Ben Messinger (collectively “the Respondents”) may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by failing to provide notice of – and give the public an opportunity to express opposing views about – action taken at its January 9, 2019 Board Meeting that supported a ballot proposition.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations and evidence, the applicable statutes, rules and reporting requirements, and the response provided by the Respondents to determine whether they support a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on its findings, staff determined that, in this instance, the Respondent’s January 9, 2019 approved motions to move, adopt, and later rescind a suggestion to send a letter to the newspaper supporting Prop. 1 does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation. PDC staff reminded Kennewick School District No. 17 Board of Directors about the importance of 1) not using public facilities to directly or indirectly promote or oppose any ballot propositions; and 2) ensuring the public is provided with adequate notice and an opportunity to express opposing views when the Board takes any action at a public meeting that concerns a ballot proposition. The PDC found that no further action was warranted and dismissed the matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/48011
48010 03/06/2019 Roger Lenk Ron Mabry Mabry, Ron & Kennewick SD #17 Board of Directors: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by failing to provide required notice of a Prop. 1 bond-related topic & allow the public to express opposing views at its Jan. 9, 2019 Board Meeting. (Mar 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with Reminder

This case alleged that Kennewick School District No. 17 Board of Directors Dawn Adams, Brian Brooks, Heather Kintzley, Ron Mabry & Ben Messinger (collectively “the Respondents”) may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by failing to provide notice of – and give the public an opportunity to express opposing views about – action taken at its January 9, 2019 Board Meeting that supported a ballot proposition.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations and evidence, the applicable statutes, rules and reporting requirements, and the response provided by the Respondents to determine whether they support a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on its findings, staff determined that, in this instance, the Respondent’s January 9, 2019 approved motions to move, adopt, and later rescind a suggestion to send a letter to the newspaper supporting Prop. 1 does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation. PDC staff reminded Kennewick School District No. 17 Board of Directors about the importance of 1) not using public facilities to directly or indirectly promote or oppose any ballot propositions; and 2) ensuring the public is provided with adequate notice and an opportunity to express opposing views when the Board takes any action at a public meeting that concerns a ballot proposition. The PDC found that no further action was warranted and dismissed the matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/48010
48009 03/06/2019 Roger Lenk Ben Messinger Messinger, Ben & Kennewick SD #17 Board of Directors: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by failing to provide required notice of a Prop. 1 bond-related topic & allow the public to express opposing views at its Jan. 9, 2019 Board Meeting. (Mar 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with Reminder

This case alleged that Kennewick School District No. 17 Board of Directors Dawn Adams, Brian Brooks, Heather Kintzley, Ron Mabry & Ben Messinger (collectively “the Respondents”) may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by failing to provide notice of – and give the public an opportunity to express opposing views about – action taken at its January 9, 2019 Board Meeting that supported a ballot proposition.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations and evidence, the applicable statutes, rules and reporting requirements, and the response provided by the Respondents to determine whether they support a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on its findings, staff determined that, in this instance, the Respondent’s January 9, 2019 approved motions to move, adopt, and later rescind a suggestion to send a letter to the newspaper supporting Prop. 1 does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation. PDC staff reminded Kennewick School District No. 17 Board of Directors about the importance of 1) not using public facilities to directly or indirectly promote or oppose any ballot propositions; and 2) ensuring the public is provided with adequate notice and an opportunity to express opposing views when the Board takes any action at a public meeting that concerns a ballot proposition. The PDC found that no further action was warranted and dismissed the matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/48009
48008 03/06/2019 Roger Lenk Heather Kintzley Kintzley, Heather & Kennewick SD #17 Board of Directors: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by failing to provide required notice of a Prop. 1 bond-related topic & allow the public to express opposing views at its Jan. 9, 2019 Board Meeting. (Mar 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with Reminder

This case alleged that Kennewick School District No. 17 Board of Directors Dawn Adams, Brian Brooks, Heather Kintzley, Ron Mabry & Ben Messinger (collectively “the Respondents”) may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by failing to provide notice of – and give the public an opportunity to express opposing views about – action taken at its January 9, 2019 Board Meeting that supported a ballot proposition.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations and evidence, the applicable statutes, rules and reporting requirements, and the response provided by the Respondents to determine whether they support a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on its findings, staff determined that, in this instance, the Respondent’s January 9, 2019 approved motions to move, adopt, and later rescind a suggestion to send a letter to the newspaper supporting Prop. 1 does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation. PDC staff reminded Kennewick School District No. 17 Board of Directors about the importance of 1) not using public facilities to directly or indirectly promote or oppose any ballot propositions; and 2) ensuring the public is provided with adequate notice and an opportunity to express opposing views when the Board takes any action at a public meeting that concerns a ballot proposition. The PDC found that no further action was warranted and dismissed the matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/48008
48006 03/06/2019 Roger Lenk Dawn Adams Adams, Dawn & Kennewick SD #17 Board of Directors: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by failing to provide required notice of a Prop. 1 bond-related topic & allow the public to express opposing views at its Jan. 9, 2019 Board Meeting. (Mar 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with Reminder

This case alleged that Kennewick School District No. 17 Board of Directors Dawn Adams, Brian Brooks, Heather Kintzley, Ron Mabry & Ben Messinger (collectively “the Respondents”) may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by failing to provide notice of – and give the public an opportunity to express opposing views about – action taken at its January 9, 2019 Board Meeting that supported a ballot proposition.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations and evidence, the applicable statutes, rules and reporting requirements, and the response provided by the Respondents to determine whether they support a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on its findings, staff determined that, in this instance, the Respondent’s January 9, 2019 approved motions to move, adopt, and later rescind a suggestion to send a letter to the newspaper supporting Prop. 1 does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation. PDC staff reminded Kennewick School District No. 17 Board of Directors about the importance of 1) not using public facilities to directly or indirectly promote or oppose any ballot propositions; and 2) ensuring the public is provided with adequate notice and an opportunity to express opposing views when the Board takes any action at a public meeting that concerns a ballot proposition. The PDC found that no further action was warranted and dismissed the matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/48006
47998 03/06/2019 Jeanne Martin Our Olympic Communities Enterprise Washington Our Olympic Communities Enterprise Washington: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.320 & .335 by failing to identify Top Five Contributors & including false statements of material fact in political adverting (Mar 2019) RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.335, RCW 42.17A.305, RCW 42.17A.255, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.260, WAC 390-18 Investigation of Possible Violation

A complaint was filed with the PDC against Our Olympic Communities Enterprise Washington alleging the committee may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failing to fully identify the top five contributors on political advertising; RCW 42.17A.335 by making a false statement of material fact in opposition ads; RCW 42.17A.335 by sponsoring an ad that falsely represents Irene Bowling as an incumbent; RCW 42.17A.320 and WAC 390-18 by failing to clearly identify sponsor identification on political advertising; and RCW 42.17A.260 by failing to timely file Independent Spending and Electioneering Communications (C-6) reports., alleging the Committee may have violated RCW 42.17A.220 by failing to timely deposit contributions within five business days of receipt and RCW 42.17A.235 by failing to timely file Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Campaign Summary Receipts and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports). 

After PDC staff conducted a preliminary review and assessment of the facts, PDC staff opened a formal investigation and held an Initial Hearing (Case Status Review Hearing) Olympic Communities Enterprise Washington on May 21, 2019, pursuant to RCW 42.17A.755, and WACs 390-37-060 and 390-37-071. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/47998
47572 02/26/2019 Eli Sanders Facebook, Inc. Facebook, Inc. (3): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.345 and WAC 390-18-050 for failure to provide documents and books of account for public inspection as a commercial advertiser (EY 19; Feb 19) WAC 390-18-050, RCW 42.17A.345 Investigation of Possible Violation
Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.345 and WAC 390-18-050 for failure to maintain and provide documents and books of account as a commercial advertiser, promptly upon request from any person.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/47572
47514 02/25/2019 Andrew Saturn The Olympian The Olympian: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A for failure to allow public inspection of commercial advertiser records & disclose sponsor ID on ads, and by publishing false statements about a candidate. (Feb 19) RCW 42.17A.335, RCW 42.17A.345, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder

This case alleged that The Olympian (the "Respondent") violated RCW 42.17A.345 by failing to allow public inspection of commercial advertiser records, .335 by publishing false statements re: a candidate (e.g. editorials), and .320 for failure to disclose sponsor information on political ads. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations, applicable statutes, rules, and the response provided by the Respondent to determine whether it supported a finding of one or more violations. Staff's review showed that the Respondent is a commercial advertiser required to make its documents & books of accounts concerning political advertising & electioneering communications available for public inspection in-person during normal business hours or, if requested electronically, by email or online publication. 

The Respondent published two advertisements for Linda Oosterman's campaign in October, 2018, both of which included sponsor identification as required under RCW 42.17A.320. Between October 19, 2018 and February 12, 2019, the Complainant sent three emails to the Respondent's employees and a message via its website portal requesting commercial advertiser records related to the Oosterman campaign ads, but never received a response. The Complainant indicated he visited the Respondent in-person on February 14, 2019 but was denied access to records, a charge the Respondent denied.

The Complainant failed to fully identify the records sought prior to February 12, 2019 and requested some information outside the scope of RCW 42.17A.345. However, the Respondent failed to respond to the requests, ask for missing information and timely fulfill the portion of the request that fell within the scope of .345 and WAC 390-18-050. The Respondent indicated its belief the such requests were required to be made in-person. However, PDC laws and rules do not specify how requests for commercial advertiser records must be made and WAC 390-18-050 allows the public to request records electronically, which can be satisfied by email or online publication. The Respondent provided the requested records to the Complainant by email on April 22, 2019. 

This complaint also alleged that three editorial articles published by the Respondent between October 27 and November 9, 2018 contained false statements about him, in violation of RCW 42.17A.335, which prohibits a person from sponsoring, with actual malice, a false statement of material fact about a candidate for public office in political advertising or electioneering communications. However, WAC 390-05-290(4) and RCW 42.17A.005(22)(b)(iii) define political advertising and electioneering communications to exclude editorial content in a regularly scheduled new medium that is not controlled by a candidate or committee where payment for the space or time is not normally required. Subsequently, the editorials did not meet the criteria for libel and defamation set forth in .335. 

Based on the information, the PDC found that no further action was warranted and dismissed the matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

PDC staff reminded the Respondent about the importance of making commercial advertiser documents and books of account open for public inspection during normal business hours for three years following the election to which they pertain. PDC staff clarified that this information can be requested electronically or in-person & conveyed its expectation that the Respondent make such information available to the public in future years in accordance with PDC laws and rules. 



 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/47514
47381 02/21/2019 Glen Morgan Eric Newman Newman, Eric: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 & WAC 390-16-037 for failure to timely report contributions & expenditures and fully describe expenditures in election year 2016. (Feb 2019) WAC 390-16-037, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation One: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 for failure to timely report contributions & expenditures in election year 2016. 
  • Allegation Two: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 & WAC 390-16-037 by not fully describing expenditures in election year 2016.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/47381
47303 02/19/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Gerald Hudson SEIU Political Education and Action Fund: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.250, .405, .442 for failure to timely file Out-of-State Poltiical Committee Reports (C-5) and for failure to meet WA registered voter requirements. (FEB 2019) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.405, RCW 42.17A.442 Case Closed with Written Warning

A complaint was filed against Service Employees International Union Political Education & Action Fund (SEIU PEAF), a federal political committee, alleging violations of: (1) RCW 42.17A.250 by failing to timely and accurately file Out-of State Political Committee reports (C-5 reports) as an out-of-state committee: (2) RCW 42.17A.405 by failing to receive $10 from ten registered voters in Washington State prior to making contributions to candidates; and (3) RCW 42.17A.442 by failing to received $10 from ten registered voters in Washington State prior to making contributions to another political committee.

As noted in the complaint return letter, SEIU PEAF failed to timely report $1,534,947 in contributions received from SEIU in Washington, DC for the 2018 elections, and that information was not disclosed until March 12, 2019 when the amended C-5 reports were filed.  While the amount of late reported contributions was significant, there were several mitigating factors considered by staff that included SEIU PEAF: 

(1) disclosed no additional expenditures as having been made in 2018 on the amended C-5 reports; 

(2) timely disclosed the $747,983 in expenditures made as contributions to political committees in Washington state and registered with the PDC on the initial C-5 reports; 

(3) did not spend any of the $1,534,947 in late reported contributions received from SEIU in Washington state; and 

(4) received a total of $8,128,222 in aggregate contributions from SEIU in Washington, DC, so the $747,983 spent in Washington state in 2018 by SEIU PEAF, represented 9.2% of total expenditure activities.

Based on these findings, PDC staff has determined that the facts in this instance do not amount to a finding of an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), PDC staff will be formally warning SEIU PEAF concerning the importance of timely and accurately filing C-5 reports disclosing contribution and expenditure activities undertaken by an out-of-state political committee as required by PDC laws and rules. 

This formal written warning conveys staff’s expectation that SEIU PEAF will fully comply with the C-5 reporting requirements in the future, should the committee make additional contributions to candidates or political committees registered with the PDC in Washington State. The Commission will consider this formal written warning if there are any future PDC law or rule violations by SEIU PEAF.

Based on this information, PDC staff is dismissing the remaining allegations in this matter against the Service Employees International Union Political Education & Action Fund PAC in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).  

 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/47303
47265 02/19/2019 Delina Cline Don Bradshaw Bradshaw, Don: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor ID on political advertising (EY 17; Feb 19) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Delina Cline on February 14, 2019. The complaint alleged that Don Bradshaw, write-in candidate for Winlock City Council, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor identification on political advertising.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Don Bradshaw; the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent; and a commercial advertiser disclosure from the Town Crier Community Newspaper, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to disclose sponsor identification on political advertising does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), Don Bradshaw will receive a formal written warning concerning failure to disclose sponsor identification on political advertising sponsored by the candidate. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Don Bradshaw accurately and completely discloses sponsor identification on any future political advertising. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/47265
47250 02/19/2019 Northwest Accountability Project We the Governed We the Governed: Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to report contributions and expenditures, failure to disclose sponsor ID, and failure to report independent expenditures/electioneering communications (Feb 19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.255, RCW 42.17A.260, RCW 42.17A.305, RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by the Northwest Accountability Project on March 29, 2019. The complaint alleged that We the Governed, a 2016 political committee, may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 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; RCW 42.17A.255, .260, and .305 for failure to timely and accurately file Independent Spending and Electioneering Communication reports (C-6 reports), disclosing independent expenditures and electioneering communications; and RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to include sponsor identification and top five contributors on political advertising. 

The complaint also alleged that We the Governed, LLC, may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to file a Political Committee Registration report (C-1pc report); RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely and accurately file C-3 reports and C-4 reports, disclosing contributions and expenditures undertaken by the Campaign; RCW 42.17A.255, .260, and .305 for failure to timely and accurately file C-6 reports, disclosing independent expenditures and electioneering communications; and RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to include sponsor identification and top five contributors on political advertising.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by We the Governed; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, insufficient evidence has been provided to support a finding of a violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/47250
47222 02/18/2019 Andrew Saturn Thurston County Democratic Women Thurston County Democratic Women: Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to re-register as mini-reporting, exceeding mini-reporting limits, and failure to timely report contributions and expenditures (Feb 19) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240, WAC 390-16-125 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to re-register as mini-reporting in 2019.
  • Allegation Two: Violation of WAC 390-16-125 for exceeding mini-reporting limitations without written approval from PDC in 2018.
  • Allegation Three: Violations of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions and expenditures after exceeding mini-reporting limitations in 2018.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/47222
47219 02/18/2019 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO PPP Committee Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO PPP Cmte: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.435 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Maxford Nelsen on behalf of the Freedom Foundation on February 14, 2019. The complaint alleged that Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO PPP Committee (WSLC AFL-CIO PPP), a Continuing Political Committee may have violated: (1) 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 campaign activities and for failure to disclose contributions from individuals identified as “President’s Club” members for calendar years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017; and (2) RCW 42.17A.435 for failure to accurately disclose the true source of contributions from “President’s Club” members on C-3 reports. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Dmitri Iglitzin, on behalf of his client WSLC AFL-CIO PPP; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Although staff’s review of the C-3 and C-4 reports filed by WSLC AFL-CIO PPP for calendar years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and the committee’s response did not warrant further investigation, staff’s general review of the committee’s campaign activity reports did find instances during 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 of late reporting and reports requiring amendments in order to accurately disclose receipts and expenditures. 

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely and accurately disclose WSLC AFL-CIO PPP’s campaign activity for calendar years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation or enforcement action.

PDC staff reminded WSLC AFL-CIO PPP about the importance of the timely disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities, specifically those occurring during the accelerated reporting schedule prior to and after any election in which WSLC AFL-CIO PPP is participating, 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/47219
47218 02/18/2019 Glen Morgan Laurie Dolan Dolan, Laurie: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.435 for failure to identify source of contribution (EY 16; Feb 19) RCW 42.17A.435 Request for Technical Correction
Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.435 for failure to identify source of refunded contribution from Chris Marr as coming from Regence.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/47218
47130 02/14/2019 Glen Morgan Laurie Jinkins Jinkins, Laurie: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.700, 710 for failing to disclose a corporation, association, or entity in which an office, ownership, partnership, or financial interest is held. (FEB 2019) RCW 42.17A.710, RCW 42.17A.700 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The complaint alleged Laurie Jinkins may have violated RCW 42.17A.700 and RCW 42.17A.710 by “failing to disclose a corporation, association, or entity on the F-1 Personal Financial Affairs Statement in which an office, ownership, partnership, or financial interest is held.” Specifically, it alleged Jinkins failed to report her controlling interest in LM PAC. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations listed in the complaint you filed, the statutes, rules and reporting requirements, and the response to the complaint provided by Taki V. Flevaris, attorney representing Laurie Jinkins. 

Based on staff’s review, we found RCW 42.17A.710(1)(g) does not include “political committee” in the list of entities required to be reported on the F-1 Supplement, and historically, PDC staff has not advised F-1 filers to include political committees on the F-1 Supplement when the filer holds a position of committee officer in a political committee. 

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, the failure to list LM PAC on an F-1 Supplement does not appear to be an actual violation warranting 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). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/47130
47128 02/14/2019 Glen Morgan Matthew Randazzo Randazzo, Matthew: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.605 for failure to submit recent photograph at time of lobbyist registration. (FEB 2019) RCW 42.17A.605 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.605 for failure to submit recent photograph at time of registration.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/47128
47080 02/13/2019 Glen Morgan Kittitas County Democratic Central Committee Kittitas County Democratic Central Committee: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 for failure to timely & accurately report debt and accurately report expenditures. (Feb 2019) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 for failure to timely & accurately report debt resulting from March 2, 2018 Stipulation & Judgment with State of WA including $7,912.50 non-suspended portion of civil penalty, $6,740 in fees & costs, and the unpaid portion of $5,217.17 forfeited for over-limit contributions.
  • Allegation Two: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.240 by failing to accurately report settlement payments made to State of WA (e.g. recipient name & description of expense fields for 6/21/18 & 12/21/18 payments)
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/47080
47065 02/13/2019 Glen Morgan Pierce County Democratic Central Committee Pierce County Democratic Central Committee (5): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to report debt for settlement judgment (Feb 19) RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaints filed by Glen Morgan on February 3, 2019 and February 5, 2019. Your complaints alleged that the Pierce County Democratic Central Committee (PCDCC), a bona fide political party committee may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing to timely and accurately file Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) disclosing proceeds from a low-cost fundraiser; and (2) RCW 42.17A.240 by failing to accurately disclose the unsuspended portion of a penalty as a debt.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations listed in the two complaints filed; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Rick Offner, Treasurer for Pierce County Democratic Central Committee; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on staff’s review, the late filed C-3 report cited in PDC Case 46474 was the result of an internal audit conducted by the PCDCC. The Commission encourages the practice of internal review and the submittal of missing or incorrect reports of campaign activities.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file one C-3 report disclosing proceeds from a low-cost fundraiser and failure to disclose the October 27, 2017 unsuspended penalty owed to the AGO as a debt, does not warrant further investigation or enforcement action.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), the PCDCC received a formal written warning concerning failure to timely and accurately file Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) disclosing debt. The formal written warning included staff’s expectation that the PCDCC timely file accurate and complete C-4 reports in future years in accordance with PDC laws and rules. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.

In addition, PDC staff reminded the PCDCC about the importance of timely filing all Monetary Contributions reports (C-3 reports) disclosing deposits made, no matter the source of contributions or the amount. The reminder included staff’s expectation that the PCDCC continue utilizing internal controls and audits to ensure timely and accurate reporting of all campaign activities in the future. 

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/47065
46701 02/07/2019 Glen Morgan Campaign to Prevent Fraud and Protect Seniors Campaign to Prevent Fraud and Protect Seniors: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 for failure to timely and accurately report contributions & expenditures. (Feb 2019) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Reminder

This complaint alleged that Campaign to Prevent Fraud and Protect Seniors (the "Respondent" violated RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 by failing to timely & accurately report contributions & expenditures. PDC staff reviewed the allegations, statutes, rules and reporting requirements, and the Respondent's registrations, and found that it submitted its post-general C-4 report disclosing November, 2018 contribution & expenditure activities 30 days late. All other C-4 reports for 2018 were timely filed by the Respondent and the vast majority of the expenditures reported were for legal/compliance and accounting purposes, as opposed to electoral activity. The late-reported contributions & expenditures represented less than 1% of the Respondent's total contributions & expenditures for 2018. 

The Respondent made a good-faith effort to remedy its omission by filing the missing report for November on January 9, 2019. The Respondent indicated that it is a 2016 ballot committee so the financial activity disclosed on the late report did not pertain to an upcoming election or deprive the public of critical information. Based on the findings, PDC staff determined that, in this instance, failure to timely & accurately report contributions & expenditures for November, 2018 does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation. 

PDC staff reminded the Respondent about the importance of timely disclosing all contribution & expenditure activities and the timely filing of all future PDC reports, including the C-4 report. The PDC dismissed the matter and did not conduct a more formal investigation into the complaint or pursue further enforcement action in this case. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46701
46694 02/07/2019 Glen Morgan Walla Walla County Demo Central Committee Walla Walla County Demo Central Committee: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 & .240 for failure to timely and accurately file contributions & expenditures. (Feb 2019) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with Written Warning

On February 3, 2019, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) received a complaint alleging that the Walla Walla County Democratic Central Committee (Committee), may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 by failing to timely and accurately file contribution and expenditure reports.  

PDC staff reviewed the allegations/complaint and found that the Committee failed to timely file C-3 and C-4 reports in 2018. However, these deficiencies are mitigated by the fact that the Committee showed a good faith effort by putting measures in place to ensure timely filing of all future reports as required by the PDC laws and rules.  Additionally, staff found no prior violations against the Committee. 

Based on these findings, staff determined that the deficiencies found based on the review of the complaint did not warrant further investigation. However, staff issued a warning letter to the Committee regarding the importance of filing timely and accurate contribution and expenditure reports in the future. 

Accordingly, the PDC dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46694
46655 02/06/2019 Glen Morgan Matthew Haney Haney, Matthew: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.605 by failing to submit a recent photograph for lobbyist registration. (Feb 2019) RCW 42.17A.605 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.605 by failing to submit a recent photograph for lobbyist registration
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46655
46650 02/06/2019 Glen Morgan Paula Swedeen Swedeen, Paula: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.605 by failing to submit a recent photograph for lobbyist registration. (Feb 2019) RCW 42.17A.605 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.605 by failing to submit a recent photograph for lobbyist registration
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46650
46645 02/06/2019 Glen Morgan Melanie Smith Smith, Melanie: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.605 by failing to submit a recent photograph for lobbyist registration. (Feb 2019) RCW 42.17A.605 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Allegation: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.605 by failing to submit a recent photograph for lobbyist registration
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46645
46642 02/06/2019 Glen Morgan Nonemacher, Darcy Nonemacher, Darcy: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.605 by failing to submit a recent photograph for lobbyist registration. (Feb 2019) RCW 42.17A.605 Case Closed with Reminder
  • Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.605 by failing to submit a recent photograph for lobbyist registration
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46642
46636 02/06/2019 Glen Morgan Abbie Zulock Zulock, Abbie: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.605 by failing to submit a recent photograph for lobbyist registration. (Feb 2019) RCW 42.17A.605 Case Closed with Reminder

The Respondent is a registered lobbyist, employed by WA Public Employees Association, who failed to submit a recent photograph to the PDC as required per RCW 42.17A.605. The Respondent took corrective action and uploaded the missing photograph on March 25, 2019. Prior attempts to upload the photo were unsuccessful due to technical and account access issues. 

Based on its findings, PDC staff determined that, in this instance, failure to submit a photograph for a lobbyist registration does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation. PDC staff reminded the Respondent about the importance of submitting a recent photograph when registering as a lobbyist, maintaining current contact and lobbyist information with the PDC, and the timely filing of all future required lobbyist registration information. The PDC dismissed the matter and did not conduct a more formal investigation into the complaint or pursue further enforcement action in this case.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46636
46514 02/05/2019 Glen Morgan Yes for Public Safety Yes for Public Safety: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to accurately disclose Top 5 contributors on political advertising. (Jan 2019) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder

The Respondent sponsored an advertisement supporting Proposition 1 that was mailed out on January 25, 2019. The cost of the mailer was $5,200 and was timely & accurately reported by the Respondent to the PDC. The Respondent disclosed two organizations as the Top 5 Contributors on the mailer. McDaniel Projects made an in-kind contribution of $1,000 to the Respondent on January 16, 2019 and the Respondent failed to include this third contributor in its Top 5 disclosure. When it became aware of the omission, the Respondent made a good-faith effort to remedy the error by updating subsequent ads, including another mailer that was sent to a broader, overlapping audience. Based on these findings, PDC staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to include the third contributor in its Top 5 disclosure did not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation. 

PDC reminded the Respondent about the importance of timely & accurately disclosing the Top 5 Contributors on all political advertising. The PDC dismissed the matter and did not conduct a more formal investigation into the complaint or pursue further enforcement in this case. 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46514
46509 02/05/2019 Glen Morgan Ben Stuckart Stuckart, Ben: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.240 and .405 by not accurately reporting in-kind contribution & accepting an over limit in-kind contribution. (Jan 2019) RCW 42.17A.405, RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

A photo of, and quote from, the Respondent appeared in a advertisement supporting Proposition 1 that was sponsored by Yes for Public Safety and mailed on January 25, 2019. The Respondent was President of the Spokane City Council & a mayoral candidate at the time of the mailing. The mailer did not identify the Respondent as a mayoral candidate, was mailed several months before the election for which the Respondent was a candidate, and sought to influence the outcome of an election for which the Respondent was not a candidate. 

The mailer did not appear to be an in-kind contribution to the Respondent because its purpose was to support Proposition 1 and any indirect benefit to the Respondent's mayoral candidacy was incidental and below the contribution limit for the office sought. Based on these findings, staff determined that, in this instance, the Respondent's appearance in an ad supporting a ballot measure did not amount to a finding of an actual violation warranting further investigation. The PDC dismissed the matter and did not conduct a more formal investigation into the complaint or pursue further enforcement in this case.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46509
46474 02/04/2019 Glen Morgan Pierce County Democratic Central Committee Pierce County Democratic Central Committee (4): Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions (EY 18; Feb 19) RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaints filed by Glen Morgan on February 3, 2019 and February 5, 2019. Your complaints alleged that the Pierce County Democratic Central Committee (PCDCC), a bona fide political party committee may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing to timely and accurately file Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) disclosing proceeds from a low-cost fundraiser; and (2) RCW 42.17A.240 by failing to accurately disclose the unsuspended portion of a penalty as a debt.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations listed in the two complaints filed; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Rick Offner, Treasurer for Pierce County Democratic Central Committee; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on staff’s review, the late filed C-3 report cited in PDC Case 46474 was the result of an internal audit conducted by the PCDCC. The Commission encourages the practice of internal review and the submittal of missing or incorrect reports of campaign activities.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file one C-3 report disclosing proceeds from a low-cost fundraiser and failure to disclose the October 27, 2017 unsuspended penalty owed to the AGO as a debt, does not warrant further investigation or enforcement action.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), the PCDCC received a formal written warning concerning failure to timely and accurately file Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) disclosing debt. The formal written warning included staff’s expectation that the PCDCC timely file accurate and complete C-4 reports in future years in accordance with PDC laws and rules. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.

In addition, PDC staff reminded the PCDCC about the importance of timely filing all Monetary Contributions reports (C-3 reports) disclosing deposits made, no matter the source of contributions or the amount. The reminder included staff’s expectation that the PCDCC continue utilizing internal controls and audits to ensure timely and accurate reporting of all campaign activities in the future. 

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46474
46472 02/04/2019 Glen Morgan Tanisha Harris Harris, Tanisha (3): Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions (EY 16; Feb 16) RCW 42.17A.235 Request for Technical Correction
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Glen Morgan on February 4, 2019. The complaint alleged that Tanisha Harris may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 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 a $1,000 contribution to the 2016 Clark County Council Campaign. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Tanisha Harris; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Tanisha Harris made minor or ministerial errors on required reports, which did not materially impact the public interest. Upon notification of these errors, Tanisha Harris timely amended their reports, making the necessary technical corrections as requested by staff. 

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).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46472
46470 02/04/2019 Glen Morgan Margaret Heldring Heldring, Margaret: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.605 for failure to provide recent photograph at time of Lobbyist Registration (EY 19; Feb 19) RCW 42.17A.605 Case Closed with Reminder
Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.605 for failure to provide recent photograph at time of Lobbyist Registration
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46470
46468 02/04/2019 Glen Morgan Renee Hopkins Hopkins, Renee: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.605 for failure to provide photograph at time of registration, and .615 for failure to timely file monthly lobbyist reports (EY 19; Feb 19) RCW 42.17A.605, RCW 42.17A.615 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.605 for failure to provide recent photograph at time of Lobbyist Registration.
  • Allegation Two: Violations of RCW 42.17A.615 for failure to file monthly lobbyist reports.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46468
46467 02/04/2019 Glen Morgan Johnson Arledge Strategies Johnson Arledge Strategies: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.605 for failure to submit recent photograph for Rebecca Johnson at Lobbyist Registration (EY 19; Feb 19) RCW 42.17A.605 Case Closed with Reminder
Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.605 for failure to provide a recent photograph of Rebecca Johnson at the time of Lobbyist Registration.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46467
46466 02/04/2019 Glen Morgan Cody Arledge Arledge, Cody: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.605 for failure to provide recent photograph at time of Lobbyist Registration (EY 19; Feb 19) RCW 42.17A.605 Case Closed with Reminder
Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.605 for failure to provide a recent photograph at the time of Lobbyist Registration.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46466
46465 02/04/2019 Glen Morgan Daniel Strauss Strauss, Daniel: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.605 for failure to provide recent photograph at time of Lobbyist Registration (EY 19; Feb 19) RCW 42.17A.605 Case Closed with Reminder
Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.605 for failure to provide a recent photograph at the time of Lobbyist Registration
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46465
46357 02/01/2019 Peggy Shepard Matthew Larson Larson, Matthew: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.575 by appearing in public service announcements during an election year 2017. (Jan 19) RCW 42.17A.575 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
  • Allegation: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.575 by appearing in public service announcements (e.g. a 4-part series on growth, economic development, adult living community & new hotel) during election year 2017.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46357
46332 02/01/2019 Glen Morgan Kevin Ranker Ranker, Kevin (2): Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to accurately and timely report financial interest in a business entity on Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report). (Jan 2019) RCW 42.17A.700 Case Closed with Reminder
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Glen Morgan on January 28, 2019. The complaint alleged that Senator Kevin Ranker may have violated RCW 42.17A.700 by failing to accurately and timely report financial interest in a business entity on his Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report). 

Based on our findings, staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to report financial interest in Coast Policy Group, LLC on F-1 reports for 2014 - 2017 does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation. PDC staff is reminding Senator Kevin Ranker about the importance of accurately disclosing all business interests and offices held on his Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report). 

Senator Kevin Ranker made minor or ministerial errors on required reports, which did not materially impact the public interest. Upon notification of these errors, Senator Kevin Ranker amended his reports, making the necessary technical corrections. The PDC has dismissed the matter and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46332
46093 01/29/2019 Glen Morgan Ehren Flygare Advocates, Inc.: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.615 for failure to timely report lobbying activities as a lobbyist and .605 for failure to submit recent photograph at time of registration (EY 18; Jan 19) RCW 42.17A.605, RCW 42.17A.615 Resolved through Statement of Understanding

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Glen Morgan on January 28, 2019. The complaint alleged that Ehren Flygare/Advocates Inc., a registered lobbyist with a contract lobbying firm registered with the PDC, may have violated RCW 42.17A.615 by failing to timely file Lobbyist Monthly Expense Reports (L-2 Reports) disclosing lobbying expenditures for calendar years 2016, 2017, and 2018, and RCW 42.17A.605 by failing to provide a recent photograph of Ehren Flygare at the time he filed his Lobbyist Registration  (L-1 report). 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by Ehren Flygare; the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent; and the Lobbyist Application revision history screen; and queried the Respondent’s data in the PDC lobbyist compensation and expenses by source database, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.  

The $450 penalty assessed resolves the allegations concerning the failure to timely and accurately file L-2 reports for calendar years 2016, 2017, and 2018, disclosing lobbying compensation and activities, including personal contributions made to legislators. In addition, Mr. Flygare has provided a photograph to comply with the lobbyist picture requirement as part of the L-1 filing requirements.  

Based on this information and the facts that Ehren Flygare/Advocates, Inc. has no prior PDC violations, demonstrated a good-faith effort to bring reports into compliance, and has hired a professional to file his PDC lobbying reports going forward, the PDC finds that no further action is warranted and has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 
 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46093
46091 01/29/2019 Andreas Koeppen John Marchione Marchione, John: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities to support Candidate Birney (EY 19; Jan 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Andrew Koeppen on January 24, 2019. The complaint alleged that Angela Birney, Tanika Padhye, and John Marchione (Respondents) may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by misusing public facilities to support the election campaign of candidate Birney.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response provided by Respondents to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of an actual violation warranting 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).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46091
46090 01/29/2019 Andreas Koeppen Tanika Padhye Padhye, Tanika: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities to support election campaign of Candidate Birney (EY 19; Jan 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Andrew Koeppen on January 24, 2019. The complaint alleged that Angela Birney, Tanika Padhye, and John Marchione (Respondents) may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by misusing public facilities to support the election campaign of candidate Birney.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response provided by Respondents to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of an actual violation warranting 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).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46090
46089 01/29/2019 Andreas Koeppen Angela Birney Birney, Angela: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for authorizing the use of public facilities to support an election campaign. (EY 19; Jan 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
Dear Andrew Koeppen:
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Andrew Koeppen on January 24, 2019. The complaint alleged that Angela Birney, Tanika Padhye, and John Marchione (Respondents) may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by misusing public facilities to support the election campaign of candidate Birney.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response provided by Respondents to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of an actual violation warranting 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).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/46089
45913 01/25/2019 James Brewer Seattle School District Seattle School District: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public facilities to promote a ballot proposition. (Jan 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with Reminder

A complaint was filed against officials of the Seattle School District (SSD) alleging violations of RCW 42.17A.555 by using school district facilities to produce and distribute information that supported two SSD levy measures, Proposition #1, the Educational Program and Operations (EP&O) levy, and Proposition #2, the Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital levy, both of which appeared on the February 12, 2019 special election ballot.

Staff's review found that SSD officials produced and distributed information about Proposition #1 and #2 for the February 12, 2019 special election, and that information was communicated in the district’s normal and regular manner.  Staff found that the majority of the information reviewed was a fair and objective presentation of the facts, however there was information that contained statements of opinion rather than facts or were not completely objective concerning the two levies.  

PDC staff has determined the facts in this instance do not warrant further investigation.  However, PDC staff reminded officials of the Seattle School District concerning the importance of communicating factual and objective bond and levy election information to all citizens of the district, without including potential statements of opinions, as required by PDC laws, rules and PDC Interpretation #01-03.  

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

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/45913
44956 01/11/2019 Dave Churchman Reachout Washington PAC Reachout Washington PAC: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205 and .235 for failure to timely register as a political committee and report contributions and expenditures (EY 19; Jan 19) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
The complaint alleged that Reachout Northwest may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 by failing to timely register as a political committee within two weeks of the expectation of contributions and expenditures in support of a ballot proposition and RCW 42.17A.235 for failing to timely report contributions and expenditures as a political committee under the Full Reporting option.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules and reporting requirements, and the response provided by David McMullen, Registered Agent, Reachout Northwest and Tom Perry, Treasurer Reachout Washington.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/44956
44870 01/10/2019 John Kelly 26th Legislative District Democrats 26th Legislative District Democrats: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely report changes to Political Committee Registration (C-1pc) within 10 days of the change. (Jan 2019) RCW 42.17A.205 Resolved as Remedial
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by John Kelly on January 9, 2019. The complaint alleged that 26th Legislative District Democrats may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 by failing to timely report changes to its Political Committee Registration (C-1pc) within ten days of the change. 

Based on our findings, staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file a C-1pc reporting officer changes does not amount to a violation warranting further investigation.
The alleged non-compliance that appears to constitute a violation of PDC laws and rules made by 26th Legislative District Democrats is remedial in nature and does not warrant further investigation or enforcement action. The violation involved expenditures totaling no more than $1000, occurred more than 30 days before the election, were inadvertent and minor in nature, and did not materially affect the public interest. The 26th Legislative District Democrats took corrective action as required by law for a remedial violation (within 5 business days after notification by PDC staff, or within 21 days after a report was due to be filed). The 26th Legislative District Democrats also substantially met all other required filing due dates within the previous 12-month period.
The PDC has dismissed the matter and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/44870
44855 01/10/2019 Daniel White Peninsula School District Peninsula School District: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.555 for using public agency facilities to promote or oppose a ballot proposition. (Jan 19) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with Reminder
A complaint was filed against officials of the Peninsula School District (PSD) alleging violations of RCW 42.17A.555 by using school district facilities to produce and distribute information that supported a PSD bond measure that appeared on the April 24, 2018 special  election ballot.

Staff’s review found that officials of the Peninsula School District produced and distributed information about the April 24, 2018 bond measure and communicated that information in their normal and regular manner.  Staff noted that other than the one exception listed in the letter, the information distributed by the district was an objective and fair presentation of the facts, which staff has determined in this instance does not warrant further investigation.   

However, PDC staff reminded officials of the Peninsula School District concerning the importance of communicating factual bond and levy election related information to all citizens of the district, without including potential statements of opinions for all future elections, as required by PDC laws, rules and PDC Interpretation #01-03.   

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed the complaint in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).  
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/44855
44695 01/07/2019 Glen Morgan Pierce County Democratic Central Committee Pierce County Democratic Central Committee: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely report changes to Political Committee Registration (C-1pc) within 10 days of the change. (Jan 2019) RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaints filed by Glen Morgan on October 23, 2018 and January 3, 2019. The complaints alleged that the Pierce County Democratic Central Committee (PCDCC), a bona fide political party committee may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing 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 (2) RCW 42.17A.205 by failing to timely file an amended Committee Registration (C-1pc report) within ten days disclosing any material change in the committee information.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations listed in the two complaints filed; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Dominick Bergeron, former Treasurer for Pierce County Democratic Central Committee; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Based on staff’s review, the alleged late and incomplete filed C-3 and C-4 reports cited in the two complaints were primarily caused by a Committee reorganization and changes in officers, but we noted that the Committee implemented additional internal controls to ensure compliance by creating an oversight committee, by conducting an internal audit, and additional training.  These steps were taken, in part, by the Pierce County Democratic Central Committee to comply with the provisions of the settlement agreement. 

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely and accurately file 19 filed C-3 and C-4 reports, including amendments, mostly disclosed little monetary activity, or were filed as a result of an internal audit process conducted by PCDCC, and therefore does not warrant further investigation or enforcement action.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), the PCDCC received a formal written warning concerning failure to timely and accurately file Monetary Contributions reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) disclosing contribution and expenditure activities and failure to timely file an amended Committee Registration (C-1pc report) disclosing material changes. The formal written warning included staff’s expectation that PCDCC timely file accurate and complete C-3, C-4 and C-1pc reports in future years in accordance with PDC laws and rules. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.
 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/44695
44685 01/07/2019 Glen Morgan Kevin Ranker Ranker, Kevin: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.700 for failure to accurately and timely report real estate activity on Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report). (Jan 2019) RCW 42.17A.700 Case Closed with Reminder
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Glen Morgan on January 3, 2019. The complaint alleged that Senator Kevin Ranker may have violated RCW 42.17A.700 by failing to accurately and timely report real estate activity on his Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report). 

Based on our findings, staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to report financial interest in the lot property on F-1 reports for 2013 - 2017 does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation. 
PDC staff is reminding Senator Kevin Ranker about the importance of accurately disclosing all real estate activity on his Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1 report). 

Senator Kevin Ranker made minor or ministerial errors on required reports, which did not materially impact the public interest. Upon notification of these errors, Senator Kevin Ranker amended his reports, making the necessary technical corrections. 

The PDC has dismissed the matter and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/44685
44372 12/27/2018 Conner Edwards Up for Thurston County Up for Thurston County (2): Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to include sponsor name on registration, disclose proper sponsor ID, and designate earmarked contributions (EY 18; Dec 18) RCW 42.17A.270, RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.405, RCW 42.17A.420, RCW 42.17A.205 Case Closed with Written Warning
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Conner Edwards on December 18, 2018. The complaint alleged that Up for Thurston County may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose the name of controlling individuals or entities on political advertising; RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to disclose committee sponsorship by Puget Sound Energy after they made a contribution, constituting 100% of total contributions, on the day the committee was formed; RCW 42.17A.270 for failure to designate contributions earmarked to support election campaign of Candidate Oosterman; and RCW 42.17A.420 for making an earmarked in-kind contribution to Candidate Oosterman exceeding $5000, in the period beginning 21 days before an election. 

PDC staff reviewed your allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the responses provided by Up for Thurston County; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to disclose Puget Sound Energy as the 100% sponsor of Up for Thurston County on the day the committee was formed, and to include their sponsorship on political advertising, do not amount to actual violations warranting further investigation. 

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), Up for Thurston County will receive a formal written warning concerning their failure to disclose the committee’s sponsorship by Puget Sound Energy at the time of registration, and failure to disclose the committee’s sponsorship by Puget Sound Energy on political advertising mailed within 21 days of the General Election. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Up for Thurston County timely, accurately, and completely discloses committee sponsorship in the future. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/44372
44370 12/27/2018 Jason Raines John Henry Henry, John (2): Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.710 for failure to accurately and completely disclose financial activities in calendar year 2017. RCW 42.17A.710 Case Closed with Reminder
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Jason Raines on December 18, 2018. The complaint alleged that John Henry may have violated RCW 42.17A.710 for failure to accurately file a Personal Statement of Financial Affairs (F-1 report), certifying financial activities for calendar year 2017. 

PDC staff reviewed your allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by John Henry; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, filing an F-1 report certifying the wrong reporting period does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation. PDC staff is reminding John Henry about the importance of the accurate, complete, and timely disclosure of financial affairs, and the complete and correct submission of reports of financial affairs in the future, 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).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/44370
44063 12/17/2018 Cheryl Aichele Southwest WA Electricians PAC 48 of WA Southwest WA Electricians PAC 48 of WA: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.405 and .460 for making over-limit earmarked contributions (EY 18; Dec 18) RCW 42.17A.405, RCW 42.17A.460 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on December 12, 2018. Your complaint alleged that Southwest WA Electricians PAC 48 of WA (PAC 48), a registered political committee, may have violated RCW 42.17A.405 for making over-limit contributions to two candidate campaigns and RCW 42.17.460 for failure to report contributions earmarked for the same two candidates.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by IBEW 48 Business Manager & Financial Secretary on behalf of PAC 48; the applicable C-3 and C-4 reports filed by 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.

No evidence was found that PAC 48 made over-limit contributions to either of the 2018 candidate campaigns referenced above or to indicate that that funds received by CCDCC were earmarked as defined in RCW 42.17A.460 by PAC 48 or were otherwise specifically intended to benefit any of the same candidates.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/44063
44062 12/17/2018 Cheryl Aichele Monica Stonier Stonier, Monica (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.405 for accepting over-limit contributions (EY 18; Dec 18) RCW 42.17A.405 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on December 12, 2018. Your complaint alleged that Monica Stonier, State Representative, in the 49th Legislative District running for re-election in the 2018 election, may have violated RCW 42.17A.405 for accepting over-limit contributions from the committee Southwest Wa Electricians PAC of WA (PAC 48), including a direct monetary contribution and a contribution made through the Clark County Democratic Central Committee earmarked for the Elect Monica Stonier campaign.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Marsha Manning, Treasurer for Elect Monica Stonier; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

No evidence was found to indicate that funds received by CCDCC from PAC 48 were earmarked as defined in RCW 42.17A.460 by PAC 48 or otherwise specifically intended to benefit the Elect Monica Stonier campaign.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/44062
43945 12/13/2018 David Hammond Lincoln County Republican Central Committee Lincoln County Republican Central Committee: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 & .235 for failure to timely deposit contributions and timely & accurately report contributions for 2016 & 2018. (Dec 18) RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Written Warning
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by David Hammond on December 5, 2018. The complaint alleged that the Lincoln County Republican Central Committee (Committee), a bona fide county political party committee, may have violated RCW 42.17A.220 by failing to timely deposit monetary contributions received into the committee bank account, and RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing to timely and accurately file Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) disclosing contribution and expenditure activities undertaken by the Committee in 2016 and 2018.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations listed in the complaint, relevant statutes, rules and reporting requirements, the C-3 and C-4 reports filed by the Committee, and the response from the Committee’s Officers. 

Based on these findings, staff has determined that, in this instance, the Committee’s failure to timely file C-3 reports for calendar years 2016 and 2018 does not warrant further investigation or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.
Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the Lincoln County Republican Central Committee will receive a formal written warning concerning its failure to timely file C-3 reports for calendar years 2016 and 2018.  The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that the Lincoln County Republican Central Committee will timely file C-3 reports in future years in accordance with PDC laws and rules. The Commission may consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.
Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43945
43940 12/13/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Amalgamated Transit Union Legislative Council of Washington Amalgamated Transit Union Legislative Council of Washington: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely & accurately register as a political committee. (Dec 18) RCW 42.17A.205 Investigation of Possible Violation
  • Allegation: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to timely & accurately register as a political committee.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43940
43895 12/12/2018 Cheryl Aichele 17th Legislative District Democrats 17th Legislative District Democrats (3): Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to timely and accurately deposit and report contributions and committee officers (Dec 18) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.270, RCW 42.17A.425, RCW 42.17A.460, WAC 390-17-015 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on December 7, 2018. Your complaint alleged that the 17th Legislative District Democrats, a bona fide legislative district party committee, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.205 by failing to accurately and completely disclose committee officers on the Committee Registration (C-1pc report); (2) RCW 42.17A.425 for allowing persons not identified as committee officers on the C-1pc to authorize expenditures; (3) RCW 42.17A.220 for failure to timely deposit contributions within five business days of receipt; (4) RCW 42.17A.270 for failure to timely and accurately report earmarked contributions and WAC 390-17-015 for improper transfer of earmarked contributions; and (5) RCW 42.17A.460 for failure to report earmarked contributions as made from both the original contributor and the party as a conduit of earmarked contributions.

The complaint also alleged violations RCW 42.17A.490 regarding the limitations on use of contributions for a different office which is not applicable to bona fide party committees. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response(s) provided by the 17th Legislative District Democrats and Committee Chair, Harrison Toepfer; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely and accurately file a small number of C-3 and C-4 reports that included minor data entry errors, does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.

PDC staff reminded the 17th LD about the importance of the timely disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities, including the received date of contributions, and the timely filing of the C-1pc disclosing material changes, in future calendar years in accordance with the statutes and rules.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43895
43859 12/11/2018 Cheryl Aichele Tanisha Harris Harris, Tanisha (2): Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for accepting over-limit contributions and failure to accurately report contributions and expenditures (EY 16; Dec 18) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.405, WAC 390-16-034 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaints filed on December 7 and December 12, 2018. Your complaints alleged that Tanisha Harris, candidate for State Representative in 17th Legislative District in the 2016 and 2018 elections, and a candidate for Clark County Council in the 2016 election, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.405 by accepting over-limits contributions for her two 2016 election campaigns, and the 2018 election campaign; (2) RCW 42.17A.240 by failing to accurately report aggregate totals for monetary and in-kind donations and by failing to report receipt of in-kind contributions on Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports); and (3) RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-034 by failing to disclose the required occupation and employer information for individuals contributing more than $100 in the aggregate.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Marsha Manning, Treasurer for the three Elect Tanisha Harris campaigns referenced in the complaints; the applicable C-3 and C-4 reports filed by 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.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to accurately disclose aggregate totals for individual contributors to the 2016 State Representative and 2016 County Council campaigns and failure to accurately disclose the occupation for one donor after their aggregate total exceeded $100 for the 2018 State Representative campaign, does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.

PDC staff reminded Tanisha Harris about the importance of the timely and accurate disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities, including individual donor information and aggregate totals of all future PDC reports in accordance with the statutes and rules.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43859
43855 12/11/2018 Cheryl Aichele Clark County Democratic Central Committee Clark County Democratic Central Committee (3): Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW (Dec 18) RCW 42.17A.230, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.270, WAC 390-16-037, WAC 390-17-015 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaints filed on December 7 and December 12, 2018. The complaints alleged that the Clark County Democratic Central Committee, a bona fide county party committee registered with the Public Disclosure Commission, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.230 for failure to timely and accurately report contributions from low-cost fundraisers, and failure to timely deposit contributions from fundraisers; (2) RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions and expenditures and failure to maintain sufficient books of account; (3) RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-037 for failure to accurately report in-kind contributions and expenditures, expenditure details generally, and failure to report proceeds from fundraisers; (4) RCW 42.17A.270 for failure to timely and accurately report earmarked contributions and WAC 390-17-015 for improper transfer of earmarked contributions; and (5) RCW 42.17A.460 for failure to report earmarked contributions as made from both the original contributor and the party as a conduit of earmarked contributions.

The complaint also alleged violations RCW 42.17A.430 regarding the disposal of funds and RCW 42.17A.555 regarding the use of public facilities, neither of which are applicable to bona fide party committees. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Walter Smith, legal counsel for the Clark County Democratic Central Committee (CCDCC); the applicable C-3 and C-4 reports filed by 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 found that CCDCC made several errors in reporting their 2016, 2017 and 2018 campaign activities that required amendments to be submitted to correct missing, incorrect or incomplete data regarding contributions and expenditures. Many of these errors were corrected by the committee after receiving the complaint and none of those errors appear to have been intentional or otherwise meant to mislead the public, and they were not material. 

Based on these findings, staff has determined that, in this instance, for calendar years 2016, 2017 and 2018, CCDCC’s failure to disclose specific expenditures timely and include the required description, failure to timely report a monetary contribution, reporting incorrect employer and occupation information for individual contributors giving more than $100 in the aggregate, and depositing a small number of contributions late, does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the Clark County Democratic Central Committee received a formal written warning concerning failure to accurately and timely disclose all contribution and expenditures, including detailed expenditure descriptions, all occupation and employer information for individual donors and timely deposits of contributions received. The formal written warning included staff’s expectation that CCDCC accurately and timely files all future required reports of contributions and expenditures and makes deposits within five business days of receipt of contributions. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.
 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43855
43709 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Williams Plant Services Williams Plant Services: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, WAC 390-17-110 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43709
43708 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Washington Building Trades Washington Building Trades: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-110 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43708
43707 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Waste Treatment Completion Company, LLC Waste Treatment Completion Company, LLC: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-110, RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43707
43706 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) University Mechanical Contractors University Mechanical Contractors: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-100, WAC 390-17-110, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43706
43705 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Truetemp Northwest, Inc. Truetemp Northwest, Inc.: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, WAC 390-17-110 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43705
43704 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Temp-Control Mechanical Corporation Temp-Control Mechanical Corporation: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-110, WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43704
43703 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Stirrett-Johnson, Inc. Stirrett-Johnson, Inc.: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-110 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43703
43702 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Snelson Companies, Inc. Snelson Companies, Inc.: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-110, WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43702
43701 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Perma Cold Engineering, Inc. Perma Cold Engineering, Inc.: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, WAC 390-17-110 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43701
43700 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Northwest Metal Fab & Pipe, Inc. Northwest Metal Fab & Pipe, Inc.: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, WAC 390-17-110 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43700
43699 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Michels Corporation Michels Corporation: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-110, WAC 390-17-100 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43699
43698 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) McKinstry Company, LLC McKinstry Company, LLC: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, WAC 390-17-110 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43698
43697 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) McClintock and Turk, Inc. McClintock and Turk, Inc.: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-110, WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.

Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43697
43696 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-100, WAC 390-17-110, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43696
43695 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) JR Merit, Inc. JR Merit, Inc.: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-110 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43695
43694 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Jordan Mechanical Group Jordan Mechanical Group: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-110, WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43694
43693 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) J.K. Johnson Mechanical Contractors J.K. Johnson Mechanical Contractors: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, WAC 390-17-110 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43693
43692 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) JH Kelly, LLC JH Kelly, LLC: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, WAC 390-17-110 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43692
43691 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, WAC 390-17-110 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43691
43690 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Iron Mountain Management Iron Mountain Management: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-110 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43690
43689 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Intermech, Inc. Intermech, Inc.: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-100, WAC 390-17-110, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43689
43688 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Integrated Systems Integrated Systems: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, WAC 390-17-110 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43688
43687 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Infrasource Services, LLC Infrasource Services, LLC: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-110 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43687
43686 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Indian Eyes, LLC Indian Eyes, LLC: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, WAC 390-17-110 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43686
43685 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Fluid Controls and Components, Inc. Fluid Controls and Components, Inc.: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, WAC 390-17-110 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43685
43684 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Doubl-Kold Doubl-Kold: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-110, WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43684
43683 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Day & Zimmermann NPS Day & Zimmermann NPS: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-110, RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43683
43682 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Columbia River Electric Maintenance Columbia River Electric Maintenance: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-110, WAC 390-17-100 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43682
43681 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Central Washington Refrigeration Central Washington Refrigeration: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, WAC 390-17-110 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.

Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43681
43680 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Callies Welding and Fabrication, LLC Callies Welding and Fabrication, LLC: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-110, RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43680
43679 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Brothers Pipeline Corporation Brothers Pipeline Corporation: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-100, WAC 390-17-110, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43679
43678 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) BNB Mechanical, LLC BNB Mechanical, LLC: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-110 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43678
43677 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Applied Process Cooling Applied Process Cooling: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, WAC 390-17-110 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43677
43676 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Apollo Mechanical Contractors (formerly Apollo Sheet Metal) Apollo Mechanical Contractors: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-110 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43676
43675 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) American Electric, Inc. American Electric, Inc.: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-110, WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43675
43673 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-110, WAC 390-17-100, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43673
43672 12/07/2018 Freedom Foundation (Maxford Nelsen) United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598 United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.495 & WAC 390-17 for failure to obtain employee authorization forms that comply with requirements & annually provide required notices. (Nov 18) WAC 390-17-100, WAC 390-17-110, RCW 42.17A.495 Case Closed with Written Warning

The complaint alleged that United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598, PDC Case 43672, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC, PDC Case 43673, and 35 employer/contractors, PDC Cases 43675-43709, may have violated RCW 42.17A.495, WAC 390-17-100, and WAC 390-17-110: (1) by failing to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) by failing to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination for not contributing.   The statute and rules primarily apply to the employer/contractors, but also prohibit the union and the employer/contractors from discriminating against a union member who does not make political contributions.


Staff found that the current authorization form does not conform to the requirements in RCW 42.17A.495 and WAC 390-17-100, and that many of the employer/contractors have not been sending out the required annual notification to employees who have funds withheld for PAC contributions, as required by WAC 390-17-110.  The employer/contractors rely on the union to provide an authorization form that complies with the law and rules.  Staff made it clear what changes need to be made to the written authorization and annual notification.  The union, working with and on behalf of the employer/contractors, has developed an authorization form and annual notification that meets the requirement of the statute and rules.  The respondents have stated that they will incorporate the changes to the authorization form and annual notification.


Staff determined that, in this instance, the failure of the 35 employer/contractor respondents to fully comply with the law does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.  However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the 35 employer/contractor respondents received a formal written warning concerning: (1) their failure to obtain a proper written request from employees before withholding wages or salaries for contributions to Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 PAC; and (2) their failure to provide an annual notification to employees who have requested payroll deductions for political contributions of their right to withdraw their request at any time, and of the prohibition against discrimination by the employer and the union for not contributing.  The employer/contractors were informed that the Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.  Based on this information, the PDC found that no further action is warranted and dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).


https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43672
43628 12/06/2018 Walter Smith Matthew Shea Shea, Matthew: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.430 & .445 by donating surplus funds to unregistered charitable organizations and personal use of surplus funds. (EY 18 Dec 18) RCW 42.17A.430, RCW 42.17A.445 Investigation of Possible Violation
A complaint was filed against Matt Shea, an incumbent State Representative in the 4th Legislative District, and a candidate for re-election to that office in 2014, 2016, and 2018, alleging violations of (1) RCW 42.17A.430 by making expenditures from the Matt Shea Surplus Funds account to three charitable organizations not registered pursuant to RCW 19.09; and (2) RCW 42.17A.445 for personal use of surplus funds.

After PDC staff conducted a preliminary review and assessment of the facts, PDC staff opened a formal investigation and held an Initial Hearing (Case Status Review Hearing) for Matt Shea for this case and PDC Case 43573 on February 14, 2019, pursuant to RCW 42.17A.755, and WACs 390-37-060 and 390-37-071.
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https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43628
43601 12/05/2018 City of Spokane Valley Jeremiah Schreindl Schreindl, Jeremiah: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public agency facilities to promote ballot propositions. (EY 18, Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with Reminder
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Cary Driskell on November 30, 2018. The complaint alleged that Jeremiah Schreindl may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by using public agency facilities to promote or oppose two ballot propositions.
Based on our findings, staff has determined that in this instance, the Respondent’s use of City of Spokane Valley facilities does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Jeremiah Schreindl about the importance of not using City of Spokane Valley facilities for promoting or opposing ballot propositions or assisting an election campaign.

The PDC has closed the matter and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43601
43573 12/05/2018 Aaron Jarvis Matthew Shea Shea, Matthew: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.430 for unauthorized use surplus funds. (NOV 2018) RCW 42.17A.430 Investigation of Possible Violation
A complaint was filed against Matt Shea, an incumbent State Representative in the 4th Legislative District, and a candidate for re-election to that office in 2014, 2016, and 2018, alleging violations RCW 42.17A.430 by making expenditures from the Matt Shea Surplus Funds account for unauthorized uses or purposes.
After PDC staff conducted a preliminary review and assessment of the facts, PDC staff opened a formal investigation and held an Initial Hearing (Case Status Review Hearing) for Matt Shea for this case and PDC Case 43628 on February 14, 2019, pursuant to RCW 42.17A.755, and WACs 390-37-060 and 390-37-071.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43573
43572 12/05/2018 Brian Estes Mike Peetoom Peetoom, Mike: Alleged Violation fo RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to disclose contributions and expenditures. (NOV 2018) RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Reminder
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Brian Estes on November 18, 2018. The complaint alleged that Michael Peetoom, a first-time candidate seeking the office of Council Member in Whatcom County, may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely or accurately file Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) or Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports), disclosing contributions and expenditures undertaken by the Campaign. 

PDC staff reviewed your allegations, the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Michael Peetoom; and the applicable PDC reports filed by the Campaign, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Based on these findings and the following facts, staff has determined that in this instance, the failure to accurately file the contribution and expenditure reports does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation since: (1) Michael Peetoom was a first-time candidate for public office who lost the General Election in 2018; (2) The Campaign made minor or ministerial errors on required reports, which did not materially impact the public interest; (3) The $100 expenditure for signage represented less than .7 percent of the $14,447 in total expenditures made by the Campaign; and (4) Michael Peetoom amended the reports and made the necessary technical corrections. 

PDC staff is reminding Michael Peetoom about the importance of timely and accurately disclosing all contribution and expenditure activities, including the accurate filing of expense descriptions for all future PDC reports, including the C-1 and F-1 reports. Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43572
43548 12/04/2018 Diana Izaguirre Matthew Beaton Beaton, Matthew: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public office, agency or facilities to assist an election campaign. (EY 18 Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Diana Garza Izaguirre on November 5, 2018. The complaint alleged that Matt Beaton may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by using a public agency, office or facilities to assist an election campaign.

Based on these findings, staff has determined that in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of an actual violation warranting further investigation.

The PDC has closed the matter and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43548
43205 11/21/2018 Glen Morgan Kitsap County Democratic Central Committee Kitsap County Democratic Central Committee: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 for failure to timely deposit contributions and .235 for failure to timely report contributions and expenditures (EY 18; Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Written Warning
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Glen Morgan on November 21, 2018. The complaint alleged that the Kitsap County Democratic Central Committee may have violated RCW 42.17A.220 for failure to timely deposit contributions and .235 for failure to timely report contributions and expenditures.

Based on our findings, staff has determined that in this instance, failure to timely deposit contributions and to timely report contribution and expenditure activity do not amount to actual material violations warranting further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), Kitsap County Democratic Central Committee will receive a formal written warning concerning their failure to timely deposit contributions within five business days of receipt, and failure to timely report contribution and expenditure activity. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Kitsap County Democratic Central Committee institutes procedures to ensure funds are timely deposited and reports are filed according to their statutory deadlines. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43205
43200 11/21/2018 Roger Lenk John E. (Juan) Orozco Orozco, John: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for use of public facilities to support a political campaign. (NOV 2018) RCW 42.17A 555 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
The complaint alleged John E. (Juan) Orozco may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 for use of public facilities to support a political campaign, specifically you alleged Mr. Orozco used the Wapato City Council chamber to support his campaign for Wapato School Board and used his city-provided e-mail address on his Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1).

As a result of staff’s initial review, it was  found:

  • Listing his name as John E. Orozco, he filed a Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1) with the PDC on May 22, 2017 and Aug. 22, 2018.
  • As a candidate, Mr. Orozco listed email address “jorozco1125@gmail.com” in his F-1 filed May 22, 2017 (#100761474).
  • Once elected Mr. Orozco listed email address “jorozco@wapato-city.org” on his F-1 filed Aug. 22, 2018. (#1001298997).
  • In addition to the above, Mr. Orozco stated “the comment was made in jest….I am not running for any office.”
Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1) and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.


https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43200
43080 11/16/2018 David Hammond Grant County Republican Central Committee Grant County Republican Central Committee: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 and .235 for failure to timely deposit contributions, and to report contributions and expenditures (Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.220 Violation Found by Commission

The complaint alleged the Grant County Republican Party Central Committee, a Bona Fide Political Party Committee, violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.220 by failing to timely deposit monetary contributions received within five business days of receipt; and (2) RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing to file or timely file Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contributions and Expenditures reports (C-4 reports) disclosing contribution and expenditure activities undertaken for calendar years 2015 through 2018.   

On August 20, 2019, the Commission held an enforcement hearing against the Grant County Republican Central Committee (Committee), concerning the second allegation.  At the hearing, the Commission modified a Stipulation to Facts, Violations and Penalty, that was signed by Dan Brady, legal counsel for the party, and Peter Lavallee, PDC Executive Director.   

In the Stipulation, the Committee acknowledged violating RCW 42.17 A.235 and .240 by failing to file or to timely and accurately file C-3 and C- 4 reports disclosing contribution and expenditure activities undertaken by the Committee for calendar years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, and for failing to maintain the Committee's books of account for a portion of the calendar year 2015.  The Committee agreed to pay a $6,500 civil penalty of which $3,250 was suspended on several conditions resolving those allegations. 

Concerning the failure to timely deposit monetary contributions, PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Rae Ann Journey, Treasurer Grant County Republican Party Central Committee, and the C-3 reports filed by the Committee.

Staff has determined in this instance, the alleged violation of failing to timely deposit monetary contributions within five business days of receipt does not appear to be a violation warranting further investigation. The PDC finds that no further action is warranted and has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43080
43061 11/15/2018 Andrew Saturn John Weidenfeller Weidenfeller, John: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for using public facilities to assist a political campaign. (NOV 2018) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with Written Warning
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Andrew Saturn on November 9, 2018. The complaint alleged that John Weidenfeller, General Manager of Thurston County Public Utility District (PUD), may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 for using public facilities or resources to assist Linda Oosterman and oppose Andrew Saturn during the 2018 election campaigns for Thurston County PUD Commissioner. PDC staff reviewed your allegations, the statutes, rules, PDC Interpretation #04-02 Guidelines for Local Government Agencies in Election Campaigns, and the response from Mr. Weidenfeller.

Producing and distributing information to the Thurston County PUD Commissioners concerning the maintenance and operations of the PUD is part of Mr. Weidenfeller’s normal and regular duties as General Manager of the PUD. However, staff does not believe that rebutting statements made by Mr. Saturn in political advertisements and public forums as a candidate seeking election to the PUD, and providing that information to one of the incumbent Commissioners running against Mr. Saturn, is a permitted activity in accordance with PDC statues, rules and interpretations. 

Based on these findings PDC staff has determined that, in this instance, the letter produced and distributed to the Thurston County PUD Commissioners by Mr. Weidenfeller does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation or enforcement action. 

However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), PDC staff issued a formal written warning to John Weidenfeller concerning the importance of complying with RCW 42.17A.555 and the prohibition of using PUD facilities to support or oppose a candidate or ballot proposition, in accordance with WAC 390-05-271 and 273. This formal written warning conveys staff’s expectation that in the future, Mr. Weidenfeller will fully comply with the prohibitions found in RCW 42.17A.555 concerning the use of public facilities, including using the facilities to rebut, respond, or attempt to clarify information that is critical of the PUD in political advertisements or statements made by candidates seeking public office, especially the office of PUD Commissioner. The Commission will consider this formal written warning if there are any future PDC law or rule violations by John Weidenfeller. 

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed the complaint in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43061
43059 11/15/2018 Maralyn Chase David Powell Stand For Children Washington PAC: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to accurately disclose sponsor identification for political advertising. (NOV 2018) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Danielle Franco-Malone on November 5, 2018. Your complaint alleged that the Stand For Children Washington PAC, a continuing political committee registered with the PDC, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 by sponsoring political advertising that failed to list the correct sponsor identification on Facebook.  

PDC staff reviewed your allegations, the statutes and rules, and the response from Stand For Children Washington PAC.  

Based on these findings and the following facts, staff has determined that in this instance, the failure to disclose the correct sponsor identification does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation since: (1) The Campaign acknowledged that the misspelling of the sponsor identification was an unintentional error resulting from the vendor’s staff; (2) The corresponding Facebook link contained a correct version of the sponsor committee name; and (3) The failure to correctly disclose the committee name of the sponsor was inadvertent and minor in nature, and did not materially impact the public interest. 

However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), PDC staff issued a formal written warning to the Stand For Children Washington PAC concerning the importance of identifying the proper sponsor identification on all political advertising, including digital advertisements as required by PDC laws and rules. This formal written warning conveys staff’s expectation that the Stand For Children Washington PAC will fully comply with the political advertising requirements listed above in the future as a registered continuing political committee. The Commission will consider this formal written warning if there are any future PDC law or rule violations by the Stand For Children Washington PAC.

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43059
43055 11/15/2018 Mark Obtinario Twin Transit Twin Transit (Officials of): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.555 by using or authorizing the use of public facilities to support Proposition 1, a Transit Expansion ballot measure (EY 18; Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.555 Dismissed with Concurrence of the Chair

Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 by using the public facilities of Twin Transit to support passage of Proposition 1, a ballot measure on the November 6, 2018 general election ballot, concerning a sales and use tax to finance public transportation within the boundaries of the Lewis County Transportation Benefit Area.  The complaint concerns a website and other materials produced by Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates on behalf of Twin Transit describing the ballot measure. PDC staff completed its investigation and found:

Twin Transit Website: During the fall of 2017, Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates (Nelson Nygaard) entered into a contract with Twin Transit to conduct a feasibility study about expanding the Twin Transit service area. Starting in March 2018, Nelson Nygaard created a website for Twin Transit to publicize the ongoing results of its study. In April 2018, a Public Transportation Improvement Conference (a statutorily created entity separate from Twin Transit) was convened and passed a resolution to expand the Twin Transit boundaries.  In July 2018, the Board of Lewis County Commissioners passed a resolution placing the matter of expansion and funding before the voters of expanded area.  Twin Transit officials then directed Nelson Nygaard to produce materials to explain the ballot proposition, which included a postcard sent to all registered voters in the affected area and a brochure used as a handout when Twin Transit officials spoke to groups about the ballot measure. The information from the brochure and postcard were taken from content posted on the existing website. Staff found that it is the regular practice of Twin Transit to place information about its operations and major policy decisions on its website.  However, in this case, Twin Transit, on the advice of Nelson Nygaard, decided to place the information about the 2018 ballot measure on a separate website that was already in existence for a related purpose, and that would be easy to find.  Nelson Nygaard and Twin Transit officials acknowledged that they should have identified the website as being a Twin Transit website, and apologized for this oversight.

Objectivity of Twin Transit Ballot Proposition Materials: The Twin Transit postcard explained what Proposition 1 would do, why it was being proposed, what would happen if it passed, what would happen if it failed, its cost, and that more information could be found at www.LewisCountyTransitMeasure.com, the website being used by Twin Transit to post information about the ballot measure. During the Spring of 2017, the White Pass Community Services Coalition, operator of LEWIS Mountain Highway Transit (LMHT) informed Twin Transit it intended to cease operations as of June 30, 2019 because of expected increases to its match requirement for receiving grants from the Washington State Department of Transportation.  However, on May 16, 2017, the legislature capped the match requirement for non-profit entities at 10 percent, a level which LMHT said they could handle. This legislative change was not included in Twin Transit's postcard, brochure, or website.  Nelson/Nygaard said they were not made aware of this legislative change until after the 2018 election. LMHT did not inform Twin Transit that its plans to cease operations in mid-2019 had changed. Nelson/Nygaard said if they had been aware of the change when they prepared the ballot measure materials, they would have included information about the change in the materials.

Sending Postcard to Registered Voters: Twin Transit officials, on the advice of Nelson Nygaard, decided to mail its postcard to residents within Lewis County who were eligible to vote on the ballot measure.  Nelson/Nygaard said the decision was made as an efficiency measure.  They said the idea was to send the postcard to people who would actually have a chance to vote on the measure.  They said Twin Transit officials decided to send only one postcard to each household, even if multiple voters resided at the same household. They said Twin Transit mailed the postcard to ensure recipients knew what the ballot measure was about, and to give voters a variety of information that would be similar to what they might see in a voter information pamphlet.

Conclusion: Staff found insufficient evidence to demonstrate that officials of Twin Transit (Derrick Wojcik-Damers and Bobby Jackson) used the facilities of Twin Transit to promote the passage of Proposition 1. Because staff’s investigation did not provide reason to believe a violation occurred, the PDC Executive Director dismissed the complaint in accordance with WAC 390-37-070 against Twin Transit officials (Derrick Wojcik-Damers and Bobby Jackson). However, current Twin Transit officials were reminded of the Commission’s Interpretation 04-02, Guidelines for Local Government Agencies in Election Campaigns, which lists on Page 21 that “agencies shall not distribute election-related information in a manner that targets specific subgroups.”

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43055
43047 11/15/2018 Mark Obtinario Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.255 for failure to timely report independent expenditures, and RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor ID on political advertising. RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.255 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the portion of the complaint filed by Mark Obtinario on October 24, 2018 that pertains to Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates. 
The complaint alleged that Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.255 by failing to report, as an independent expenditure, its costs to create a website at LewisCountyTransitMeasure.com, and its costs to create and send a mailer, both promoting Proposition 1, a ballot measure on the November 6, 2018 general election ballot, concerning a sales and use tax to finance public transportation within the boundaries of the Lewis County Transportation Benefit Area; and (2) RCW 42.17A.320 by failing to include proper sponsor identification on the website and the mailer. 

The complaint also alleged that officials of Twin Transit may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by using or authorizing the use of the public facilities of Twin Transit to promote Proposition 1. That portion of the complaint is being investigated separately under PDC Case 43055. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations concerning Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, the applicable statues, rules, and reporting requirements

Based on our findings, staff has determined that the alleged failure of Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates to file a C-6 report of Independent Expenditures and to include its name as the sponsor of political advertising on Twin Transit’s website and mailer concerning Proposition 1, is not an actual material violation warranting further investigation. 

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter, as it relates to Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint against Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates or pursuing enforcement action against this Respondent in this case.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43047
43026 11/14/2018 Brian Estes Vincent Buys Buys, Vincent: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.405 for accepting over-limit contributions, or RCW 42.17A.220 & .240 for inaccurately reporting contributions (EY 18; Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.405, RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.240 Request for Technical Correction
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Brian Estes on October 30, 2018. The complaint alleged that Vincent Buys may have violated RCW 42.17A.405 for accepting over-limit contributions, or RCW 42.17A.220 & .240 for inaccurately reporting contributions.

Based on our findings, staff has determined that in this instance, failure to accurately report contributions does not amount to an actual material violation warranting further investigation.

Vincent Buys made minor or ministerial errors on required reports, which did not materially impact the public interest. Upon notification of noncompliance, Vincent Buys timely amended their reports, making the necessary technical corrections.

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43026
43018 11/14/2018 Ray Risdon Tony Cebe Cebe, Tony: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities to oppose a ballot proposition (EY 18; Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with Written Warning
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Raymond Risdon on November 7, 2018. The complaint alleged that Anton Cebe may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 for misuse of public facilities to oppose a ballot proposition.

Based on our findings, staff has determined that in this instance, misusing a public uniform that was purchased with public funds, in order to oppose a ballot proposition, does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), Anton Cebe will receive a formal written warning concerning misuse of a public uniform, paid for with public funds, in order to oppose a ballot proposition. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Anton Cebe refrain from further appropriation of public facilities to support or oppose future candidates or ballot propositions. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43018
43017 11/14/2018 Glen Morgan Active in Democracy Active in Democracy: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 and .235 for failure to timely deposit contributions, and to report contributions and expenditures (EY 18; Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.235 Resolved through Statement of Understanding
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.220 for failure to timely deposit contributions within 5 business days of receipt.
  • Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions and expenditures.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43017
43016 11/14/2018 Glen Morgan 41st District Deomcratic Organization 41st District Democratic Organization: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 and .235 for failure to timely deposit contributions, and report contributions and expenditures (EY 18; Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Written Warning
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Glen Morgan on October 29, 2018. The complaint alleged that 41st Legislative District Democratic Organization may have violated RCW 42.17A.220 and .235 for failure to timely deposit contributions, and report contributions and expenditures.

Based on our findings, staff has determined that in this instance, failure to timely deposit contributions and report contribution and expenditure activity does not amount to an actual material violation warranting further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), 41st Legislative District Democratic Organization will receive a formal written warning concerning failure to timely deposit contributions and report contribution and expenditure activity. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that 41st Legislative District Democratic Organization will timely deposit contributions and report contribution and expenditure activity in the future. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/43016
42988 11/14/2018 Steve Erickson Thomas SeGuine SeGuine, Thomas: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor identification and top five contributors for newspaper ads. (NOV 2018) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with Reminder
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Steve Erickson on November 3, 2018. The complaint alleged that Tom Seguine, a candidate seeking the office of Washington Court of Appeals Judge in Division One, District 3, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor identification and top five contributors for political advertising.  

PDC staff reviewed the allegations, the statutes and rules, and the response from the Committee to Elect Tom Seguine (Campaign).

Based on these findings and the following facts, staff has determined that in this instance, the failure to disclose top five contributors and sponsorship information does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation since: (1) The Campaign acknowledged that the sponsorship information was inadvertently omitted from a newspaper after graphics editing due to a lack of oversight of a vendor error; and (2) There was not sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the Campaign was required to disclose the top five contributors as specified by RCW 42.17A.320 and the Political Advertising Guide. 

PDC staff is reminding Thomas Seguine about the importance of ensuring that sponsor identification is disclosed for political advertising as required by RCW 42.17A.320, including the statement: “It is paid for by (name, address, city, state).” Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42988
42987 11/14/2018 Brian Ritchie Rosemary O'Neil Snohomish County Emergency Radio System: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for using public facilities or resources to support a ballot measure. (NOV 2018) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with Reminder
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Brian Ritchie on November 3, 2018. The complaint alleged that the Snohomish County Emergency Radio System, may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 for using public facilities or resources to support a ballot measure.  

PDC staff reviewed the allegations, the statutes and rules, the ballot proposition fact sheet, and the response from Snohomish County Emergency Radio System (SERS). 

Based on these findings, staff has determined that in this instance, the use of a public facilities does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation since: (1) Historically, the PDC has routinely advised and held that with respect to election-related publications, one jurisdiction-wide objective and fair presentation of the facts per ballot measure is appropriate. (2) The Snohomish County Emergency Radio System has acknowledged that a few of the phrases in the fact sheet "should not have been used and will refrain from doing so in the future." (3) The Public Disclosure Commission holds that it is not only the right, but the responsibility of local government to inform the general public of the operational and maintenance issues facing local agencies. (4) The errors in the fact sheet are minor in nature and did not materially impact the public interest. 

PDC Staff is reminding the Snohomish County Emergency Radio System (SERS) about the importance of providing only an objective and fair presentation of the facts based on and expanded upon the information prepared by the agency in accordance with the normal and regular conduct of the agency. As defined by PDC Interpretation 04-02, the clause “objective and fair presentation of the facts” means that in addition to presenting the facts, the materials should present accurately the costs and other anticipated impacts of a ballot measure. Agencies should refrain from using terminology in fact sheets which may appear to exaggerate, overstate, inflate, or aggrandize the impact of the ballot measure in the effort to influence the outcome of the vote. 

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case. 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42987
42986 11/14/2018 Bruce Fein Michelle Caldier Caldier, Michelle: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.635 and RCW 42.17A.555 for unathorized lobbying activities or unauthorized use of public facilities in order to support a political campaign. (NOV 2018) RCW 42.17A.635, RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Bruce Fein on November 3, 2018. The complaint alleged that Michelle Caldier, an incumbent candidate for the office of State Representative for the 26th Legislative, may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 for using public facility staff, resources, or hours to support a political campaign. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations, the statutes and rules, the C-4 reports filed by the Campaign, and the response from Michelle Caldier.  
Based on our findings and the following facts, the purchasing and delivering of donuts to a public school does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation since: (1) Activities relating to RCW 42.17A.555 does not apply to any person who is a state officer or state employee as defined in RCW 42.52.010. (2) There is no supporting evidence to demonstrate how Michelle Caldier may have violated a specific section of RCW 42.17A. 

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42986
42984 11/13/2018 Alan McDowell Rob Chase Chase, Rob: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for using public resources or facilities to engage in political campaign activities or ballot propositions. (NOV 2018) RCW 42.17A 555 Case Closed with Reminder
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Alan McDowell on November 3, 2018. The complaint alleged that Rob Chase, the Spokane County Treasurer, may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 for using public facilities or resources to scan a document in support of a political party plank proposal.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations, the statutes and rules, and the response from Rob Chase.  

Based on these findings and the following facts, staff has determined that in this instance, the use of public facilities to support political party plank does not amount of a material violation warranting further investigation since: (1) The alleged non-compliance  made by Rob Chase are minor or ministerial in nature and did not impact the public interest; and (2) The evidence provided is primarily based on the color scheme of the photographic background which is not substantial verification that a violation occurred. 

PDC staff is reminding Rob Chase that no elective official nor any employee of his or her office nor any person appointed to or employed by any public office or agency may use or authorize the use of any of the facilities of a public office or agency, directly or indirectly, for the purpose of assisting a campaign for election of any person to any office or for the promotion of or opposition to any ballot proposition. 

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case. 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42984
42983 11/13/2018 Jonathan Dilley Janice Louthan Louthan, Janice: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 failure to disclose party preference status in radio ads and failure to disclose sponsor identification. (NOV 2018) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Jonathan Dilley on November 2, 2018. The complaint alleged that Janice Louthan, a first-time candidate seeking the office of County Clerk for Grays Harbor County, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose party preference and sponsor identification in radio advertisements. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations, the statutes and rules, the response from Janice Louthan, and a letter provided by the General Manager of Jodesha Broadcasting. 

Based on our findings and the following facts, staff has determined that in this instance, the failure to disclose political party preference and sponsor identification does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation since: (1) Janice Louthan was a first-time candidate for public office in 2018; (2) The Campaign substantially met all other reporting requirements during the previous 12-month period. (3) The broadcasting station that was responsible for the ads acknowledged that the mistake occurred within their production department and not by the Campaign. (4) Janice Louthan is a candidate that lost the election and the radio ads did not materially impact the public interest.
 
Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case. 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42983
42981 11/13/2018 Brian Aker Steven Gonzalez Gonzalez, Steven: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.335 for making a false claim or implication of endorsement. (NOV 2018) RCW 42.17A.335 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Brian Aker on November 2, 2018. The complaint alleged that Justice Steven Gonzalez, candidate for reelection to State Supreme Court, Position 8, in the 2018 election, may have violated RCW 42.17A.335 for making a false claim of endorsement of a candidate for public office. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Philip Lloyd, Treasurer for Steven Gonzalez 2018 Campaign; and the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Staff found no evidence that Mr. Choi’s inclusion of a website paid for by the 2018 Gonzalez Campaign implied that Mr. Choi endorsed Justice Gonzalez or that the Gonzalez Campaign claimed such endorsement. Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of an actual violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42981
42980 11/13/2018 Susan Peters Heather Clarke Washington Realtors Political Action Committee: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.320, .435 for failure to disclose the top contributor, sponsor identification, and source of contributions. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.445 Case Closed with Written Warning
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Susan Peters on October 31, 2018. The complaint alleged that the WA Realtors PAC (Committee), a political committee registered with the PDC and affiliated with the Washington Association of Realtors, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 by failing to include the committee’s top five contributors for independent expenditure advertisements sponsored by the committee, and RCW 42.17A.435 by failing to identify contributions. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations listed in the complaint to determine whether a formal investigation or enforcement action is warranted. Staff reviewed all the exhibits submitted with the complaint, and the December 5, 2018 response letter received via email from Mark Lamb, attorney for the WA Realtors PAC (Committee). 

While the Committee failed to include Stand for Children PAC as its top contributor in the sponsor identification as required, PDC staff found no evidence of a material violation that would require conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing enforcement action in this instance.

However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), PDC staff issued a formal written warning to the WA Realtors PAC concerning the importance of identifying the complete sponsor identification on all political advertising including the top five contributors as required by the law. This formal written warning conveys staff’s expectation that the WA Realtors PAC will fully comply with the political advertising requirements listed above in the future as a registered political committee. The Commission will consider this formal written warning if there are any future PDC law or rule violations by the WA Realtors PAC. 

Based on the above, the PDC has dismissed your complaint in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42980
42973 11/13/2018 Norm Smith Citizens Against Newport Silicon Smelter (CANSS) Citizens Against Newport Silicon Smelter: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .235 & .305 for failure to register as a political committee and report contributions, expenditures & electioneering communication. (EY 18 Oct 18) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.305 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
  • Allegation One: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to register as a political committee.
  • Allegation Two: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely and accurately report contributions and expenditures. 
  • Allegation Three: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.305 for failure to report electioneering communication (e.g. Facebook ads supporting candidates).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42973
42958 11/13/2018 Bret Uhrich Washington Conservation Voters Action Fund Washington Conservation Voters Action Fund: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to include sponsor ID on written political advertising (EY 18; Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Written Warning
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Bret Uhrich on November 6, 2018. The complaint alleged that WA Conservation Voters Action Fund may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to accurately and completely disclose sponsor identification on text message based political advertising. 

PDC staff reviewed your allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by WA Conservation Voters Action Fund; and PDC guidance concerning sponsor identification for text messages issued October 13, 2018, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

The guidance that WA Conservation Voters Action Fund cited in their response to the allegations states, “[s]ince some phones receiving the text will not be able to follow a link, we suggest campaigns include, in addition to a web address, mechanisms that allow the recipients to request sponsor ID information. Sponsors should make that process as easy as possible, perhaps by allowing the recipient to reply with a single character that then prompts another text message with the sponsor ID information. The message would look something like this: ‘Go to www.xyzcommittee.com or text * for sponsor information.’”] 

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to provide an adequate avenue for voters to receive sponsor identification without connection to the Internet does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation. 

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), WA Conservation Voters Action Fund will receive a formal written warning concerning failure to provide an adequate avenue for voters to receive sponsor identification without connection to the Internet. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that WA Conservation Voters Action Fund provides a mechanism in future political advertising for non-Internet capable devices to access the required sponsor identification disclosures quickly and easily. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42958
42952 11/13/2018 Andrew Saturn Linda Oosterman Oosterman, Linda (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to accurately and completely report committee officers, and RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to report in-kind contributions (EY 18; Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.270, RCW 42.17A.405 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its initial review of the complaint filed by Andrew Saturn on November 1, 2018. The complaint alleged that Linda Oosterman may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to accurately and completely report committee officers, and RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to report in-kind contributions.
Based on our findings, staff has determined that in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of an actual violation warranting further investigation.

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42952
42944 11/13/2018 Washington Senate Democratic Campaign (Samantha Kersul) Doug Ericksen Ericksen, Doug: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.405 for accepting over-limit contributions. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.405 Request for Technical Correction

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on October 31, 2018. Your complaint alleged that Doug Ericksen, current Senator and candidate for re-election in Legislative District 42 in the 2018 election, may have violated RCW 42.17A.405 for accepting over-limit contributions from two individual donors. 

Doug Ericksen made minor or ministerial errors on required reports, which did not materially impact the public interest. Upon notification of these errors, Senator Ericksen timely filed amended reports, making the necessary technical corrections as requested by staff.

Based on these finding, staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to accurately disclose and attribute two contributions from two individual donors to the Doug Ericksen 2018 Legislative Campaign, does not amount to an an actual violation warranting further invesitigation.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42944
42940 11/13/2018 Michael Fertakis David Chan Chan, David (3): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.235, .240 for failure to timely or accurately file contribution or expenditure reports. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the three complaints filed by Michael Fertakis in October 2018. The three complaints alleged that David Chan, candidate for Snohomish County Public Utility District Commissioner No. 1 in 2018, may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 and .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. For your information, in order to more efficiently use PDC resources, these three complaints have been combined into one letter. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response(s) provided by David Chan; the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent; and the October 17, 2018 Statement of Understanding with $300 civil penalty completed by Mr. Chan and acknowledging violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

The 2018 election was the first time David Chan filed as a candidate under the “Full Reporting” option and was required to file C-3 and C-4 reports using the PDC’s ORCA program disclosing campaign contribution and expenditure activities electronically. Serving as his own treasurer, Mr. Chan spent several weeks working with PDC Filer Assistance Staff on how to properly enter and correct information reported in ORCA, and he continued to work with staff throughout the 2018 election cycle.

In July 2018, two complaints were filed against David Chan alleging his campaign failed to timely and accurately file reports of campaign activities. On October 22, 2018, Mr. Chan completed a Statement of Understanding (SOU) acknowledging violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely and accurately file C-3 and C-4 reports, and paid a $300 civil penalty, resolving similar allegations in PDC Cases 42329, 42397 and 42940.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file a small number of C-3 and C-4 reports late disclosing details of a mailed political advertisement, does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation or additional enforcement action. Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), David Chan will receive a formal written warning concerning failure to timely and accurately disclosure of all contribution and expenditures. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that David Chan timely files all future required reports of contributions and expenditures, including all required vendor information during the accelerated reporting periods prior to and after any election in which his name appears on the ballot. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42940
42872 11/09/2018 Glen Morgan Win With Women PAC Win With Women PAC: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.220 and .235 for failure to timely deposit contributions and failure to timely report contributions and expenditures (EY 15-18; Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Written Warning
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Glen Morgan on October 29, 2018. The complaint alleged that Win with Women PAC may have violated RCW 42.17A.220 and .235 for failure to timely deposit contributions and failure to timely report contributions and expenditures.

Based on our findings, staff has determined that in this instance, failure to timely deposit contributions and report contributions and expenditures does not amount to an actual material violation warranting further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), Win with Women PAC will receive a formal written warning concerning failure to timely deposit contributions and report contributions and expenditures. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Win with Women PAC pays closer attention to their primary source of contributions, and timely reports all contribution and expenditure activity. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42872
42719 11/05/2018 Glen Morgan UFCW 21 PAC United Food & Commercial Workers Local 21 PAC: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.220, .235, .240 for failure to timely and accurately file contribution and expenditure reports and failure to timely deposit contributions. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240 Violation Found by Commission
A complaint was filed with the PDC against the United Food & Commercial Workers 21 PAC (UFCW Local 21 PAC), a continuing political committee registered with the PDC, alleging that the UFCW Local 21 PAC may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing to file Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contributions and Expenditures reports (C-4 reports); and (2) RCW 42.17A.220 by failing to timely deposit monetary contributions into the committee bank account within five business days of receipt, as required for a political committee registered with the PDC.

After PDC staff conducted a preliminary review and assessment of the facts, PDC staff opened a formal investigation and held an Initial Hearing (Case Status Review Hearing) for UFCW Local 21 PAC on January 17, 2019, pursuant to RCW 42.17A.755, and WACs 390-37-060 and 390-37-071.

On February 26, 2019, PDC staff dismissed the allegation listed in the complaint concerning the failure to timely depositing monetary contributions into the Committee bank account in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).   

At the February 28, 2019 Enforcement hearing, Commission unanimously accepted the amended Stipulation to Facts, Violations and Penalty, finding UFCW 21 PAC in violation of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240, and assessing a total civil penalty of $40,000 of which $20,000 is suspended on the condition that the Respondent is in compliance with all current reporting requirements, has no further violations of RCW 42.17A or WAC 390 for four years from the date of this Order, and pays the $20,000 non-suspended portion of the penalty within 30 days from the date of this Order.
the February 28, 2019, Enforcement Hearing 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42719
42717 11/05/2018 Jim Brandy Glenn Blakeslee Blakeslee, Glenn (4): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for using public resources to support a political campaign. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A 555 Case Closed with Written Warning
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the three complaints filed by Holly Jepson (PDC Cases 41960, 42389, and 42392), and the complaint filed by James Mundy (PDC Case 42717), against Glenn Blakeslee, a first-time candidate in 2018 seeking the office of Pend Oreille County Sheriff. The complaint alleged that Mr. Blakeslee, a Pend Oreille County Deputy Sheriff in 2018 may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by using Pend Oreille County Sheriff resources to support your candidacy in 2018; and RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing to disclose expenditures for political advertising in the form of newspaper and billboards on Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports).

For your information, in order to more efficiently use PDC resources, the four complaints filed against Glenn Blakeslee have been combined into one letter. PDC staff reviewed the allegation listed in the four complaints and attached exhibits, the statutes, rules and PDC Interpretation #04-02 Guidelines for Local Agencies in Election Campaigns, and the Monetary Contributions reports (C-3 reports) and C-4 reports filed by Glenn Blakeslee for Sheriff (Campaign), and the responses from Mr. Blakeslee.

PDC staff’s review found no evidence that Glenn Blakeslee used the facilities of the Pend Oreille Sheriff’s Office to support his candidacy for County Sheriff in 2018, that would require conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing enforcement action in this instance.

While the Campaign failed to timely disclose campaign expenditure for a billboard and newspaper advertisements, Mr. Blakeslee was a first-time candidate, and the late filed expenditures were disclosed 14 days prior to the November 6, 2018 general election being held. However, as part of staff’s review and the Campaign contacting PDC Filer Assistance, there were several C-3 reports filed that included $0 contributions that needed to be amended.
In addition, and an issue in disclosing monetary contributions received from couples into the Online Reporting of Campaign Activities (ORCA) campaign finance reporting software that resulted in $3,000 (+) in un-reported contributor information, and you failed to file a missing 2018 Post-General Election C-4 report. The Campaign has filed the missing Post-General Election C-4 report and filed two amended C-3 reports totaling $1,739 and are working on filing additional amended C-3 reports to be in full compliance.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), and with the understanding that the Blakeslee Campaign will file the necessary amended C-3 reports as soon as possible, Mr. Blakeslee is hereby formally warned concerning the failure to timely and accurately file campaign finance reports disclosing contribution and expenditure activities undertaken by his 2018 Campaign, including C-3 and C-4 reports in future years in accordance with PDC laws and rules. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Mr. Blakeslee will timely file C-3 and C-4 reports, accurately disclosing his contribution and expenditure activities undertaken as a candidate in future years in accordance with PDC laws and rules. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed the four complaints in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42717
42716 11/05/2018 Norm Smith Wendy beach Beach, Wendy: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to identify sponsor and disclose party preference on political advertising. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Norman Smith on October 25, 2018. The complaint alleged that Wendy Beach, a first-time candidate seeking the office of Commissioner for the Pend Oreille Public Utility District, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to identify party affiliation on campaign signs and failure to disclose sponsor identification.

PDC staff reviewed your allegations, the statutes and rules, the C-1 report filed by the Campaign, and the response from Wendy Beach.  

Based on our findings and the following facts, staff has determined that in this instance, the failure to identify political party preference and sponsor identification does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation since: (1) Wendy Beach was not required to list party preference for a nonpartisan office; (2) Wendy Beach was a first-time candidate for public office in 2018; (3) Wendy Beach is a candidate that lost the election and the failure to include sponsor information did not materially impact the public interest.      

PDC staff is reminding Wendy Beach about the importance of disclosing sponsor identification for political advertising as required by RCW 42.17A.320, including the statement: "It is paid for by (name, address, city, state)." It is also PDC guidance that the party preference on the Candidate Registration (C-1 report) should match the party preference on the declaration of candidacy and political advertising.

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case. 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42716
42715 11/05/2018 Norm Smith Sheryl Miller Miller, Sheryl: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to identify sponsor and disclose party affiliation on political advertising. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Written Warning
The complaint alleged that Sheryl Miller violated RCW 42.17A.320 by failing to list the complete sponsor identification, including the sponsor's address and the words “Paid for” or “Sponsored by”, and by failing to identify your party affiliation or preference on political advertising sponsored by her campaign. 

The photographs provided as part of the complaint feature Miller’s campaign signs that failed to comply with the political advertising statutes and PDC rules for a candidate.

Based on these findings and the fact Sheryl Miller is a first-time candidate and was not elected to the Pend Oreille County Commission, staff determined that in this instance, the failure to include the complete sponsor identification and her party affiliation or preference on political advertising she sponsored does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation.  

Pursuant to WAC to WAC 390-37-060(1) Sheryl Miller received a formal written warning concerning the failure to comply with the requirements to include her party preference and the complete sponsor identification on political advertising sponsored by her 2018 campaign in accordance with PDC statute and rules.

The formal written warning includes staff's expectation that Sheryl Miller clearly identify her party preference and list the complete sponsor identification on all political advertising sponsored by her campaign in future years in accordance with PDC laws and rules. The Commission will consider this formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42715
42706 11/05/2018 Bret Uhrich Evereett Maroon Maroon, Everett: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to include sponsor identification and political party affiliation in political advertising. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Bret Uhrich on October 24, 2018. The complaint alleged that Everett Maroon, candidate for State Representative in Legislative District 16, Position 1 in the 2018 election, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure include sponsor identification and political party preference on political advertisement sponsored by the Campaign. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response provided by Everett Maroon, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

Although the general definition of political advertisement and “mass communication” includes text messages, it appears that the text messages sent by the Everett Maroon for 16th Legislative District Campaign were not created with this in mind. Mr. Maroon utilized the services of the “Text Out the Vote” messaging service called Hustle, which is connected with the Washington State Democrats, that creates direct political advertising messages and indirect or get out the vote messages for a variety of users. 

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to include sponsor identification and political party preference on political advertisement does not appear to be an actual violation warranting further investigation. PDC staff reminded Everett Maroon about the importance of including any required sponsor identification and any required political party preference on political advertisement 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42706
42704 11/05/2018 Glen Morgan Rick Offner Pierce County Democratic Party: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.220, .235, .240 for for failure timely or accurately file contribution or expenditure reports and failure to timely deposit contributions. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaints filed by Glen Morgan on October 23, 2018 and January 3, 2019. The complaints alleged that the Pierce County Democratic Central Committee (PCDCC), a bona fide political party committee may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing 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 (2) RCW 42.17A.205 by failing to timely file an amended Committee Registration (C-1pc report) within ten days disclosing any material change in the committee information.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations listed in the two complaints filed; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by Dominick Bergeron, former Treasurer for Pierce County Democratic Central Committee; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Based on staff’s review, the alleged late and incomplete filed C-3 and C-4 reports cited in the two complaints were primarily caused by a Committee reorganization and changes in officers, but we noted that the Committee implemented additional internal controls to ensure compliance by creating an oversight committee, by conducting an internal audit, and additional training.  These steps were taken, in part, by the Pierce County Democratic Central Committee to comply with the provisions of the settlement agreement. 

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely and accurately file 19 filed C-3 and C-4 reports, including amendments, mostly disclosed little monetary activity, or were filed as a result of an internal audit process conducted by PCDCC, and therefore does not warrant further investigation or enforcement action.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), the PCDCC received a formal written warning concerning failure to timely and accurately file Monetary Contributions reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) disclosing contribution and expenditure activities and failure to timely file an amended Committee Registration (C-1pc report) disclosing material changes. The formal written warning included staff’s expectation that PCDCC timely file accurate and complete C-3, C-4 and C-1pc reports in future years in accordance with PDC laws and rules. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.
 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42704
42700 11/05/2018 Glen Morgan Gerald Hudson Service Employees International Union Political Education & Action Fund Pac: Alleged Violation RCW 42.17A.220, .235, .235 for failure to timely and accurately file contribution and and expenditure reports and failure to timely deposit contributions. (OCT RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with Reminder
A complaint was filed against the Service Employees International Union Political Education & Action Fund PAC (SEIU PEAF PAC),  alleging that the SEIU PEAF PAC, a federal political committee, may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing to timely file Monetary Contributions reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) as a Washington State political committee disclosing contribution and expenditure activities undertaken during calendar year 2016.

The allegations involved contributions SEIU PEAF PAC made to Washington State political committees participating in 2016 elections, that were timely disclosed on six C-5 reports filed during calendar year 2016 as an out-of-state committee.  The monetary contributions received and disclosed by SEIU PEAF PAC during 2016 were all transfers from SEIU International, 1800 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC, 20036,

The remaining committee expenditures were for contribution and other activities involving political committees and candidate activities in other states and at the federal level.  
PDC staff reminded the Service Employees International Union and the SEIU PEAF PAC concerning the importance of timely and accurately filing campaign finance reports as an in-state political committee disclosing contribution and expenditure activities undertaken to support Washington State candidates and political committees, if they do not qualify as an out-of-state political committee in future years in accordance with WAC 390-16-049.   


https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42700
42587 11/02/2018 Lori DiMarco Nicholas Power Power, Nicholas (3): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.405 for accepting over-limit contributions, and RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to accurately and timely report in-kind and monetary contributions (EY 18; Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.405 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Lois J. DiMarco on October 30, 2018. The complaint alleged that Nicholas Power, a candidate for San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney in 2018, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.405 for accepting over-limit contributions for political advertising costs approved in advance by the candidate; (2) RCW 42.17A.235 and RCW 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 monetary or in-kind contributions for political advertising costs approved in advance by the Campaign; and (3) RCW 42.17A. for failure to accurately report the candidate’s personal funds expended in support of his 2018 campaign.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response(s) provided by Nicholas Power; the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

It appears that the mistakes made by the 2018 Power Campaign in regard to the disclosure of costs connected to two political advertisements done in support of Nicholas Power’s Campaign and presented in October 2018, were caused by a general misunderstanding of statutory filing obligations and miscommunication between the Campaign and the sponsors of the advertisements. No evidence was found that Mr. Power meant to mislead or deprive the public of information related to the cost the two political advertisements referenced above. 

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely and accurately file C-4 reports disclosing in-kind contributions for political advertising costs, does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation or additional enforcement action.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Nicholas Power (2018 candidate for San Juan County Prosecutor) received a formal written warning concerning failure to timely and accurately file C-4 reports disclosing in-kind contributions for political advertising costs. The formal written warning included staff’s expectation that Mr. Power timely files all future required reports of contributions and expenditures including all monetary and in-kind contributions and expenditures. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42587
42586 11/02/2018 Lori DiMarco Don Pollard Pollard, Don: Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to timely register a political committee, report contributions and expenditures, over-limit contributions, and to disclose proper Sponsor ID on political advertising (EY 18; Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.405, RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.305, RCW 42.17A.255, RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.260 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Lois J. DiMarco on October 30, 2018. The complaint alleged that Don Pollard, a contributor to the 2018 Nicholas Power for San Juan County Prosecutor Campaign, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to register a political committee in support of the 2018 Nicholas Power for San Juan County Prosecutor Campaign; (2) RCW 42.17A.235 and RCW 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 for political advertising costs related to two paid advertisements; (3) RCW 42.17A.405 for making over-limit contributions to the Power Campaign through political advertising purchased after review and approval by the candidate; (4) RCW 42.17A.255, .260 and .305 for failure to timely and accurately report independent expenditures or electioneering communications; and (5) RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to accurately and completely disclose sponsor identification on written political advertisement.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response(s) provided by Mr. Pollard and Nicholas Power in a related case (PDC Case 42587); the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of an actual violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42586
42577 11/02/2018 Lois DiMarco George Von Gehr Von Gehr, George: Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to timely register a political committee, report contributions and expenditures, over-limit contributions, and to disclose proper Sponsor ID on political advertising (EY 18; Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.255, RCW 42.17A.260, RCW 42.17A.305, RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.405 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Lois J. DiMarco on October 30, 2018. The complaint alleged that George Von Gehr, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to register a political committee in support of the 2018 Nicholas Power for San Juan County Prosecutor Campaign; (2) RCW 42.17A.235 and RCW 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 for political advertising costs related to two paid advertisements; (3) RCW 42.17A.405 for making over-limit contributions to the Power Campaign through political advertising purchased after review and approval by the candidate; (4) RCW 42.17A.255, .260 and .305 for failure to timely and accurately report independent expenditures or electioneering communications; and (5) RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to accurately and completely disclose sponsor identification on written political advertisement.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response(s) provided by Mr. Von Gehr and Nicholas Power in a related case (PDC Case 42587); the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, any campaign activities, including possible payments made by George Von Gehr using personal funds to a vendor presenting political advertisements, does not support a finding of an actual violation warranting 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42577
42576 11/02/2018 Lois DiMarco Robert Allen Allen, Robert: Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to timely register a political committee, report contributions and expenditures, over-limit contributions, and to disclose proper Sponsor ID on political advertising (EY 18; Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.255, RCW 42.17A.260, RCW 42.17A.305, RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.405 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Lois J. DiMarco on October 30, 2018. The complaint alleged that Robert Allen, a contributor to the 2018 Nicholas Power for San Juan County Prosecutor Campaign and sponsor of paid political advertisement for the Power Campaign, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to register a political committee in support of Nicholas Power; (2) RCW 42.17A.235 and RCW 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 for political advertising costs related to two paid advertisements; (3) RCW 42.17A.405 for making over-limit contributions to the Power Campaign through political advertising purchased after review and approval by the candidate; (4) RCW 42.17A.255, .260 and .305 for failure to timely and accurately report independent expenditures or electioneering communications; and (5) RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to accurately and completely disclose sponsor identification on written political advertisement.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response(s) provided by Mr. Allen and Nicholas Power in a related case (PDC Case 42587); the applicable PDC reports filed by 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.

It appears that Mr. Allen was not aware of the requirement to register and report as a political committee when he began planning the political advertisements and that his intent was to make expenditures independently, without the involvement of the candidate and without exceeding any contribution limits. There is also evidence that Mr. Allen attempted to include the names of the individual sponsors of the ads and may have inadvertently included names of individuals who supported Mr. Power’s Campaign but were not actually sponsors of the specific advertisements referenced in the complaint.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to register and report as a political committee after receiving and spending funds for two political advertisements made in support of the 2018 Nicholas Power for San Juan County Prosecutor Campaign, and failure to include accurate sponsor identification on the same two written political advertisements, does not amount to a finding of an actual violation warranting further investigation.

PDC staff reminded Robert Allen about the importance of registering as a political committee, the timely disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities, and the requirement to identify the true and accurate sponsor of political advertisements made in support of any candidate for public office, in accordance with the statutes and rules. The reminder included staff’s expectation that Mr. Allen follow all applicable statutes and rules regarding the disclosure of campaign activities to support any candidate for public office in future years.

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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42576
42571 11/02/2018 Lois DiMarco Nicholas Power Power, Nicholas (2): Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately report expenditure for postage (EY 18; Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.240, WAC 390-16-037 Request for Technical Correction
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Lois DiMarco on October 30, 2018. The complaint alleged that Nicholas Power may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to accurately report expenditure for postage and website.

Based on our findings, staff has determined that in this instance, failure to accurately report an actual violation warranting further investigation.

Nicholas Power made minor or ministerial errors on required reports, which did not materially impact the public interest. Upon notification of noncompliance, Nicholas Power timely amended their reports, making the necessary technical corrections.

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42571
42567 11/02/2018 Glen Morgan IBEW 112 PAC Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 112 PAC: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 and .235 for failure to timely deposit and report contributions and expenditures (EY 18; Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Written Warning
A complaint was filed against the IBEW 112 PAC (Committee), a local continuing political committee located in Kennewick, Washington, alleging the committee may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing to timely file complete and accurate Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Cont

While the Committee failed to timely file the required Pre-Election C-4 reports, they did consistently file those reports on roughly the same interval from 2012 through 2018, and it did not appear the public was deprived of critical campaign information.  Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, the Committee’s failure to timely file its C-3 and C-4 reports does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), however, IBEW 112 PAC will receive a formal written warning concerning the failure to timely file C-3 and C-4 reports disclosing all contribution and expenditures in accordance with the PDC laws, rules, and reporting requirements.  The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that IBEW 112 PAC timely file all future required reports of contributions and expenditures, especially the 21-Day and 7-Day Pre-Election C-4 reports, in accordance with RCW 42.17A.235. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules. Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).




https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42567
42565 11/02/2018 Glen Morgan 45th Legislative District Democrats 45th Legislative District Democrats (2): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 and .235 for failure to timely deposit and report contributions and expenditures. (EY 18; Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with Written Warning

Two complaints were  filed against the 45th Legislative District Democratic Central Committee (Committee), a bona fide legislative district political party committee registered with the PDC may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.220 by failing to timely deposit monetary contributions within five business days of receipt; and (2) RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing to timely file Monetary Contributions reports (C-3 reports) and Campaign Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) disclosing contribution and expenditure activities, including in-kind and last-minute contributions and debts, and failing to provide the sub-vendor breakdown for expenditures undertaken by the Committee.     

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, the Committee’s failure to timely file its C-3 and C-4 reports, disclosing contribution information, including in-kind and last-minute contributions, debts, and other expenditure information, including a detailed sub-vendor breakdown when applicable, does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.

However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), PDC staff issued a formal written warning to the 45th Legislative District Democratic Central Committee concerning the importance of timely and accurately filing C-3 and C-4 reports disclosing contribution and expenditure activities undertaken by the political committee as required by PDC laws and rules. This formal written warning conveys staff’s expectation that the 45th Legislative District Democratic Central Committee will fully comply with the C-3 and C-4 reporting requirements in the future as required for a registered political committee, including the reporting of debt.  The Commission will consider this formal written warning if there are any future PDC law or rule violations by the 45th Legislative District Democratic Central Committee. 

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed the two complaints you filed for PDC Cases 42565 and 16743, in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).  

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42565
42563 11/02/2018 Glen Morgan Yes Libraries Pierce Yes Libraries Pierce: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 and .235 for failure to timely deposit and report contributions, and .555 for misuse of public facilities to support an election campaign (EY 18; Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with Reminder
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed review of the complaint filed by Glen Morgan on October 29, 2018. The complaint alleged that Yes Libraries Pierce PAC may have violated RCW 42.17A.220 and .235 for failure to timely deposit and report contributions, and .555 for misuse of public facilities to support an election campaign.
Based on our findings, staff has determined that in this instance, failure to timely file reports of contributions and expenditures does not amount to an actual material violation warranting further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Yes Libraries Pierce PAC about the importance of the timely disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities, including the filing fee, and the timely filings of all future PDC reports.

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42563
42561 11/02/2018 Glen Morgan Shir Regev Regev, Shir: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 and .235 for failure to timely deposit and report contributions and expenditures (EY 18; Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.205 Resolved through Statement of Understanding
A complaint was filed against Shir Regev, a candidate for State Representative in the 8th Legislative District in 2018, alleging violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .235, and .240 by exceeding the limitations of the Mini Reporting Option, failing to timely and accurately file an amended Candidate Registration (C-1 report), and Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 report) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports), disclosing contribution and expenditure activities undertaken by her Campaign.

Ms. Regev completed a Statement of Understanding (SOU) acknowledging violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .235, and .240 by failing to timely change from the Mini Reporting Option to the Full Reporting Option, and to timely file the accompanying C-3 and C-4 reports, and paying a $300 civil penalty to resolve this matter.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42561
42558 11/02/2018 Glen Morgan Spokane County Democratic Central Committee Spokane County Democratic Central Committee (3): Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.220 and .235 for failure to timely deposit and report contributions and expenditures (EY 18; Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Written Warning
Two complaints were filed against the Spokane County Democratic Central Committee (Committee), a bona fide county political party organization registered with the PDC for PDC Case 42558 and PDC Case 22310.  The complaints alleged that the Committee may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing to timely file Monetary Contributions reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) disclosing contribution and expenditure activities, including debts and outstanding obligations for legal services and the sub-vendor breakdown for expenditures made to a third party or as a reimbursement to an official.

PDC staff found no evidence of a material violation that would require conducting a more formal investigation of the two complaints or pursuing enforcement action in this instance.  The allegations concerning the late reporting of legal services and reimbursements owed to Committee officials for out-of-pocket expenditures to pay for an out-of-state speaker to attend a fundraiser, were rare and unique activities that the Committee had not previously experienced or been involved with. The Committee has established a Financial Oversight Committee and adopted internal controls to assist them in ensuring compliance wit the reporting requirements.  Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the Spokane County Democratic Central Committee has been formally warned concerning their failure to timely file Monetary Contributions reports (C-3 reports) and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42558
42557 11/02/2018 Glen Morgan 25th Legislative District Democrats 25th Legislative District Democrats: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.220 and .235 for failure to timely deposit and report contributions and expenditures. RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.235 Resolved through Statement of Understanding
Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.220 for failure to timely deposit contributions. within five business days of receipt Allegation Two: Violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions and expenditures
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42557
42554 11/02/2018 Andrew Saturn Up for Thurston County Up for Thurston County: Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to accurately disclose independent expenditures/electioneering communications, committee officers, and controlling entities (EY 18; Nov 18) RCW 42.17A.405, RCW 42.17A.470, RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A.305, RCW 42.17A.270, RCW 42.17A.255, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.260, RCW 42.17A.205 Request for Technical Correction
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Andrew Saturn on November 1, 2018. The complaint alleged that Up For Thurston County may have violated Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to accurately disclose independent expenditures/electioneering communications, committee officers, and controlling entities.

Based on our findings, staff has determined that in this instance, failure to accurately and completely disclose committee officers does not amount to an actual material violation warranting further investigation.

Up For Thurston County made minor or ministerial errors on required reports, which did not materially impact the public interest. Upon notification of noncompliance, Up For Thurston County timely amended their reports, making the necessary technical corrections.

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42554
42544 11/01/2018 Glen Morgan Derek Young Young, Derek: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.235, .240 for failure to timely and accurately file contributions and expenditures. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Glen Morgan on October 21, 2018. The complaint alleged that Derek Young, incumbent and candidate for Pierce County Council Position 7 in the 2018 election, may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 and .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 Derek Young; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Although the 2018 Derek Young Campaign submitted C-3 and C-4 reports disclosing campaign contribution and expenditure activities late, the campaign responded promptly and filed the missing reports. Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file the postprimary C-4 and six C-3 reports disclosing a small number of contributions mostly from individual donors, does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation. 

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), Derek Young received a formal written warning concerning failure to timely and accurately disclosure of all contribution and expenditures. The formal written warning included staff’s expectation that Derek Young timely and accurately files all future required reports of contributions and expenditures, during the accelerated reporting periods prior to and after each election in which his name appears on the ballot. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42544
42541 11/01/2018 Kelly Wright Snohomish County Democratic Party Snohomish County Democratic Party (3): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.220, .240 for accepting over-limit anonymous contributions and for failure to accurately file contribution reports. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.220, RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
The complaint alleged the Snohomish County Democratic Party may have violated (1) RCW 42.17A.220 for accepting over-limit anonymous contributions (2) RCW 42.17A.240 for failing to accurately file contribution reports and (3) RCW 42.17A.235 for failing to timely report expenditures for the Blue Wave Gala.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations, and as a result of staff’s initial review, we found the allegations contained in the complaint are substantially similar to PDC complaint 40870, resolved Dec. 4, 2018.

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1) and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into the complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42541
42538 11/01/2018 Conner Edwards Phil Lloyd Families Yes: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to list the Top Five Contributors in political advertising. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed 
on October 20, 2018. Your complaint alleged that Families Yes, a 2018 election year committee, 
may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to identify the “Top Five Contributors” to the 
committee in political advertisement mail piece they sponsored. 
 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; 
and the response provided by Phil Lloyd, Treasurer for Families Yes, to determine whether the 
record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

Although the committee, Families Yes, sponsored two mailers that did not include the “Top Five 
Contributors” as required at the time they were distributed, the committee followed up with their 
direct mail vendor as soon as the oversight was identified through receipt of the complaint and 
promptly made corrections to two additional mailers and other political advertisement to ensure 
compliance 
 

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to include the required 
“Top Five Contributors” statement with the list of donors on two mailers they sponsored does 
not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation. 
 

PDC staff is reminding Families Yes about the importance of included complete sponsor 
identification, including the “Top Five Contributors” when required on all future political 
advertisements they sponsor 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42538
42513 11/01/2018 Mitchell Giddens Michael Killian Killian, Michael: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to identify party preference in political advertising. (EY 18 Oct 18) RCW 42.17A.320 Case Closed with Written Warning
The complaint alleged Michael Killian may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 by failing to identify a party preference in political advertising, specifically a radio advertisement.

Staff determined that in this instance, failure to include party preference does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1), Michael Killian received a formal written warning concerning the failure to comply with the requirement to include his party preference on political advertising sponsored by his 2018 campaign in accordance with RCW 42.17A.320, WAC 390-18-020 and WAC 390-05-274.

The formal written warning included staff's expectation Michael Killian clearly identify his party preference on all political advertising sponsored by his campaign in future years in accordance with PDC laws and rules. The Commission will consider this formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.

The PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).


https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42513
42398 10/30/2018 Don Long Travis Meacham AG Power Users of Grant County (2): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .210, .225, .235, .240 for failure to timely and accurately file contributions, expenditures, deposits, and statement of organization. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.225, RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.210, RCW4 42.17A.205 Violation Found by Commission

A complaint was filed with the PDC against the AG Water and Power Users of Grant County alleging the Committee may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 by failing to timely register as a political committee and RCW 42.17A.235 by failing to timely file Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Campaign Summary Receipts and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports). 

After PDC staff conducted a preliminary review and assessment of the facts, PDC staff opened a formal investigation and held an Initial Hearing (Case Status Review Hearing) for on Jan. 8, 2019, pursuant to RCW 42.17A.755, and WACs 390-37-060 and 390-37-071.

At its April 25, 2019 meeting, the Commission found AG Water and Power Users of Grant County in violation of RCW 42.17A.205 and RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 and assessed a total civil penalty of $10,000 of which $7,500 is suspended on the following conditions: (1) The Respondent is not found to have committed any further violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW or Title 390 WAC within four years of the date of this Final Order. The suspended penalty shall not be assessed based solely upon any remediable violation, minor violation, or error classified by the Commission as appropriate to address by a technical correction; (2) The Respondent remains in full compliance with all PDC reporting requirements and; (3) The non-suspended portion of the penalty ($2,500) is paid by the Respondent within 30 days of the date of the Final Order.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42398
42397 10/30/2018 Michael Fertakis David Chan Chan, David (2): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.235, .240 for failure to timely or accurately disclose contribution or expenditure reports. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the three complaints filed by Michael Fertakis in October 2018. The three complaints alleged that David Chan, candidate for Snohomish County Public Utility District Commissioner No. 1 in 2018, may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 and .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. For your information, in order to more efficiently use PDC resources, these three complaints have been combined into one letter. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response(s) provided by David Chan; the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent; and the October 17, 2018 Statement of Understanding with $300 civil penalty completed by Mr. Chan and acknowledging violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

The 2018 election was the first time David Chan filed as a candidate under the “Full Reporting” option and was required to file C-3 and C-4 reports using the PDC’s ORCA program disclosing campaign contribution and expenditure activities electronically. Serving as his own treasurer, Mr. Chan spent several weeks working with PDC Filer Assistance Staff on how to properly enter and correct information reported in ORCA, and he continued to work with staff throughout the 2018 election cycle.

In July 2018, two complaints were filed against David Chan alleging his campaign failed to timely and accurately file reports of campaign activities. On October 22, 2018, Mr. Chan completed a Statement of Understanding (SOU) acknowledging violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely and accurately file C-3 and C-4 reports, and paid a $300 civil penalty, resolving similar allegations in PDC Cases 42329, 42397 and 42940.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file a small number of C-3 and C-4 reports late disclosing details of a mailed political advertisement, does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation or additional enforcement action. Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), David Chan will receive a formal written warning concerning failure to timely and accurately disclosure of all contribution and expenditures. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that David Chan timely files all future required reports of contributions and expenditures, including all required vendor information during the accelerated reporting periods prior to and after any election in which his name appears on the ballot. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42397
42394 10/30/2018 Washington Senate Democratic Campaign (Samantha Kersul) Timothy Sheldon Sheldon, Timothy: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failing to accurately disclose and describe expenditures. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.235 Resolved through Statement of Understanding

A complaint was filed with the PDC against Tim Sheldon alleging the Candidate may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 by failing to accurately disclose and describe expenditures.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response from Tim Sheldon; the applicable C-4 reports filed by the 2018 Campaign; and data in the PDC contribution and expenditure database, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.

There were payments made by the Campaign to consultants, vendors, or third parties, for which a more detailed description or explanation of the goods and services provided, and a sub-vendor breakdown was required. However, the Campaign and Senator responded promptly and worked with the PDC to amend the C-4 reports disclosing the required expenditure information and assisting in resolving the complaint.  

Staff would also note that Senator Sheldon has been in public office since 1986 with no prior PDC violations and has served as his own treasurer. 

Tim Sheldon completed a Statement of Understanding (SOU), paid a $900 civil penalty in accordance with WAC 390-37-143 (Brief Enforcement Penalty Schedule), acknowledging violations of RCW 42.17A.240 for failing to timely file the three Pre-Election C-4 reports listed above.  The $900 penalty assessed in this matter resolves the allegations listed in your complaint concerning amending C-4 reports to disclose the required expenditure details and information. 

Based on the above findings and the SOU, staff has determined that, in this instance, this matter does not warrant further investigation.  The PDC finds that no further action is warranted and has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 
 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42394
42393 10/30/2018 Marla Johns Ronald Krebs Krebs, Ronald: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for using public agency resources to support a political campaign (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
A complaint was filed against Ronald Krebs, the incumbent San Juan County Sheriff and a candidate seeking re-election to that office in 2018, alleging that he may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by using the public facilities of San Juan County to assist his candidacy for re-election in 2018 by authorizing two San Juan County Deputies to appear in uniform at a candidate forum in Eastsound in which he was appearing as a candidate.

No evidence was found that Sheriff Krebs, or the two officers  used San Juan County facilities to support his candidacy for re-election by appearing at the candidate forum.   Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1). 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42393
42392 10/30/2018 Holly Jepson Glenn Blakeslee Blakeslee, Glenn (3): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.235 failure to timely disclose political advertisement expenditures. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Written Warning
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the three complaints filed by Holly Jepson (PDC Cases 41960, 42389, and 42392), and the complaint filed by James Mundy (PDC Case 42717), against Glenn Blakeslee, a first-time candidate in 2018 seeking the office of Pend Oreille County Sheriff. The complaint alleged that Mr. Blakeslee, a Pend Oreille County Deputy Sheriff in 2018 may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by using Pend Oreille County Sheriff resources to support your candidacy in 2018; and RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing to disclose expenditures for political advertising in the form of newspaper and billboards on Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports).

For your information, in order to more efficiently use PDC resources, the four complaints filed against Glenn Blakeslee have been combined into one letter. PDC staff reviewed the allegation listed in the four complaints and attached exhibits, the statutes, rules and PDC Interpretation #04-02 Guidelines for Local Agencies in Election Campaigns, and the Monetary Contributions reports (C-3 reports) and C-4 reports filed by Glenn Blakeslee for Sheriff (Campaign), and the responses from Mr. Blakeslee.

PDC staff’s review found no evidence that Glenn Blakeslee used the facilities of the Pend Oreille Sheriff’s Office to support his candidacy for County Sheriff in 2018, that would require conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing enforcement action in this instance.

While the Campaign failed to timely disclose campaign expenditure for a billboard and newspaper advertisements, Mr. Blakeslee was a first-time candidate, and the late filed expenditures were disclosed 14 days prior to the November 6, 2018 general election being held. However, as part of staff’s review and the Campaign contacting PDC Filer Assistance, there were several C-3 reports filed that included $0 contributions that needed to be amended.
In addition, and an issue in disclosing monetary contributions received from couples into the Online Reporting of Campaign Activities (ORCA) campaign finance reporting software that resulted in $3,000 (+) in un-reported contributor information, and you failed to file a missing 2018 Post-General Election C-4 report. The Campaign has filed the missing Post-General Election C-4 report and filed two amended C-3 reports totaling $1,739 and are working on filing additional amended C-3 reports to be in full compliance.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), and with the understanding that the Blakeslee Campaign will file the necessary amended C-3 reports as soon as possible, Mr. Blakeslee is hereby formally warned concerning the failure to timely and accurately file campaign finance reports disclosing contribution and expenditure activities undertaken by his 2018 Campaign, including C-3 and C-4 reports in future years in accordance with PDC laws and rules. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Mr. Blakeslee will timely file C-3 and C-4 reports, accurately disclosing his contribution and expenditure activities undertaken as a candidate in future years in accordance with PDC laws and rules. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed the four complaints in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42392
42389 10/30/2018 Holly Jepson Glenn Blakeslee Blakeslee, Glenn (2): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for use of public facilities to support a political campaign. RCW 42.17A 555 Case Closed with Written Warning
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the three complaints filed by Holly Jepson (PDC Cases 41960, 42389, and 42392), and the complaint filed by James Mundy (PDC Case 42717), against Glenn Blakeslee, a first-time candidate in 2018 seeking the office of Pend Oreille County Sheriff. The complaint alleged that Mr. Blakeslee, a Pend Oreille County Deputy Sheriff in 2018 may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by using Pend Oreille County Sheriff resources to support your candidacy in 2018; and RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing to disclose expenditures for political advertising in the form of newspaper and billboards on Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports).

For your information, in order to more efficiently use PDC resources, the four complaints filed against Glenn Blakeslee have been combined into one letter. PDC staff reviewed the allegation listed in the four complaints and attached exhibits, the statutes, rules and PDC Interpretation #04-02 Guidelines for Local Agencies in Election Campaigns, and the Monetary Contributions reports (C-3 reports) and C-4 reports filed by Glenn Blakeslee for Sheriff (Campaign), and the responses from Mr. Blakeslee.

PDC staff’s review found no evidence that Glenn Blakeslee used the facilities of the Pend Oreille Sheriff’s Office to support his candidacy for County Sheriff in 2018, that would require conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing enforcement action in this instance.

While the Campaign failed to timely disclose campaign expenditure for a billboard and newspaper advertisements, Mr. Blakeslee was a first-time candidate, and the late filed expenditures were disclosed 14 days prior to the November 6, 2018 general election being held. However, as part of staff’s review and the Campaign contacting PDC Filer Assistance, there were several C-3 reports filed that included $0 contributions that needed to be amended.
In addition, and an issue in disclosing monetary contributions received from couples into the Online Reporting of Campaign Activities (ORCA) campaign finance reporting software that resulted in $3,000 (+) in un-reported contributor information, and you failed to file a missing 2018 Post-General Election C-4 report. The Campaign has filed the missing Post-General Election C-4 report and filed two amended C-3 reports totaling $1,739 and are working on filing additional amended C-3 reports to be in full compliance.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), and with the understanding that the Blakeslee Campaign will file the necessary amended C-3 reports as soon as possible, Mr. Blakeslee is hereby formally warned concerning the failure to timely and accurately file campaign finance reports disclosing contribution and expenditure activities undertaken by his 2018 Campaign, including C-3 and C-4 reports in future years in accordance with PDC laws and rules. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Mr. Blakeslee will timely file C-3 and C-4 reports, accurately disclosing his contribution and expenditure activities undertaken as a candidate in future years in accordance with PDC laws and rules. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.

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

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42389
42388 10/30/2018 Scott Hunt Lori Sanders Sanders, Lori: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose sponsor identification. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.260 Case Closed with Reminder

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on October 17, 2018. Your complaint alleged that Lori Sanders, a candidate for Benton County Commissioner Position 2 in 2018, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to include sponsor identification on her campaign website. 
 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, reporting requirements and the response provided by Lori Sanders, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

The campaign website created by The Committee to Elect Lori Sanders, County Commissioner, did not include complete sponsor identification as required by law, however, the public was able to reasonably identify the sponsor from the information about Lori Sanders and her candidacy. 
 

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to include sponsor identification on a website created by The Committee to Elect Lori Sanders, County Commissioner, does not amount to, an actual violation warranting further investigation. 
 

PDC staff is reminding Lori Sanders about the importance of including sponsor identification on political advertisement. PDC staff expects in the future that Lori Sanders will review all political advertisements, she or her campaign sponsors, to ensure it contains any required sponsor identification 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42388
42387 10/30/2018 Washington Senate Democratic Campaign (Samantha Kersul) Jeffrey Harvey North Cascade Jobs Enterprise Washington: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.260 for failure to timely file independent expenditure reports. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.260 Violation Found by Commission

A complaint was filed with the PDC against North Cascade Jobs Enterprise Washington alleging the Committee may have violated RCW 42.17A.260 for failure to timely file independent expenditure (C-6) reports.

After PDC staff conducted a preliminary review and assessment of the facts, PDC staff opened a formal investigation and held an Initial Hearing (Case Status Review Hearing) for on Jan. 8, 2019, pursuant to RCW 42.17A.755, and WACs 390-37-060 and 390-37-071.
 

At its March 28, 2019 meeting, the Commission found North Cascade Jobs Enterprise Washington in violation of RCW 42.17 A.235, RCW 42.17 A.240, and RCW 42.17 A.305 and assessed a total civil penalty of $65,000 of which $32,500 is suspended on the following conditions: (1) the Respondent is not found to have committed any further violations ofRCW 42.17 A or WAC 390, as detailed in the Stipulation, within four years of the date of the Commission's Final Order; (2) the Committee files amended C-4 reports that are in full compliance with the disclosure requirements of RCW 42.17A.240, WAC 390-16-037, and WAC 390-16-205, within thirty days from the date of the final order, and is in compliance with all reporting requirements; and (3) the Respondent pays the non-suspended portion of the penalty ($32,500) within ninety days from the date of the final order.
 

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42387
42367 10/29/2018 MaryAnn Ottinger Leonid Ponomarchuk Ponomarchuk, Leonid: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to properly itemize expenditures by quanitty. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with Reminder
Allegation: Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to properly itemize expenditures by quantities.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42367
42362 10/29/2018 MaryAnn Ottinger Mellissa Pfeifer Citizens for Judicial Excellence: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to properly itemize expenditures by quantity. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.240 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Mary Ottinger on October 17, 2018. The Complaint alleged that Citizens for Judicial Excellence may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to properly itemize printing material expenditures by quantity on the Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure report (C-4 report), disclosing contributions and expenditures undertaken by the Campaign. 

PDC staff reviewed the allegations, the statutes and rules, the initial and amended C-3, C-4, and C-6 reports filed by the Campaign, and the response from Citizens for Judicial Excellence. 

PDC Staff recommends that Citizens for Judicial Excellence disclose the estimated quantities for debts on the Schedule B of the C-4 report if the expenditures are for printing materials in the same manner that the Campaign discloses expenditures on the Schedule A of the C-4 reports.  Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.  
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42362
42329 10/29/2018 Michael Fertakis David Chan Chan, David (1): Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.235, .240 for failure to timely or accurately file contribution or expenditure reports. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.240, RCW 43.17A.235 Case Closed with Written Warning

Dear Michael Fertakis: The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the three complaints you filed in October 2018. The three complaints alleged that David Chan, candidate for Snohomish County Public Utility District Commissioner No. 1 in 2018, may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 and .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. For your information, in order to more efficiently use PDC resources, these three complaints have been combined into one letter. 

PDC staff reviewed your allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response(s) provided by David Chan; the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent; and the October 17, 2018 Statement of Understanding with $300 civil penalty completed by Mr. Chan and acknowledging violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. 

The 2018 election was the first time David Chan filed as a candidate under the “Full Reporting” option and was required to file C-3 and C-4 reports using the PDC’s ORCA program disclosing campaign contribution and expenditure activities electronically. Serving as his own treasurer, Mr. Chan spent several weeks working with PDC Filer Assistance Staff on how to properly enter and correct information reported in ORCA, and he continued to work with staff throughout the 2018 election cycle.

In July 2018, two complaints were filed against David Chan alleging his campaign failed to timely and accurately file reports of campaign activities. On October 22, 2018, Mr. Chan completed a Statement of Understanding (SOU) acknowledging violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely and accurately file C-3 and C-4 reports, and paid a $300 civil penalty, resolving similar allegations in PDC Cases 42329, 42397 and 42940.

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file a small number of C-3 and C-4 reports late disclosing details of a mailed political advertisement, does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation or additional enforcement action. Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), David Chan will receive a formal written warning concerning failure to timely and accurately disclosure of all contribution and expenditures. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that David Chan timely files all future required reports of contributions and expenditures, including all required vendor information during the accelerated reporting periods prior to and after any election in which his name appears on the ballot. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42329
42328 10/29/2018 Pollowitz Sally Soriano Friends of Elaine Phelps: Alleged Violation Of RCW 42.17A.235, .240 for failure to timely or accurately file contribution or expenditure reports. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.235 Case Closed with Written Warning
The complaint alleged the Friends of Elaine Phelps violated RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing to timely file Monetary Contribution reports (C-3 reports) and Campaign Summary Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) disclosing contribution and expenditure activities undertaken by the Committee in 2018. 

The Committee contacted PDC staff on several occasions to assist in setting up the Online Reporting of Campaign Activities (ORCA) campaign finance software provided by the PDC and the ongoing C-3 and C-4 reporting requirements.

During the period October 2 – 16, 2018, the Committee filed four C-3 reports disclosing the receipt of $6,925 in monetary contributions, and three of the C-3 reports were filed late. However, $5,000 of the late reported contributions had previously been timely disclosed by the Committee on the C-6 report filed August 2, 2018. 

Based on these findings, and the facts that Friends of Elaine Phelps: (1) is a first-time committee participating in its first election; (2) responded quickly to the allegations and contacted PDC staff for assistance to correct its filings; and (3) timely filed a C-6 report disclosing the electioneering communication which represented 70 percent of all committee expenditures, staff has determined that the failure to timely file C-3 and C-4 reports does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC to WAC 390-37-060(1) Friends of Elaine Phelps will receive a formal written warning concerning the failure to comply with the reporting requirements for a political committee under the Full Reporting option to timely file C-3 and C-4 reports disclosing contributions and expenditures activities in accordance with RCW 42.17A.235 and .240.

The formal written warning will include staff's expectation Friends of Elaine Phelps timely files complete and accurate reports in future years in accordance with PDC laws and rules. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.
Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).


https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42328
42326 10/29/2018 Emry Dinman Travis Meacham AG Power Users of Grant County: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to register as a political committee. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A.205 Violation Found by Commission

A complaint was filed with the PDC against the AG Water and Power Users of Grant County alleging the Committee may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 by failing to register as a political committee.

After PDC staff conducted a preliminary review and assessment of the facts, PDC staff opened a formal investigation and held an Initial Hearing (Case Status Review Hearing) for on Jan. 8, 2019, pursuant to RCW 42.17A.755, and WACs 390-37-060 and 390-37-071.

At its April 25, 2019 meeting, the Commission found AG Water and Power Users of Grant County in violation of RCW 42.17A.205 and RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 and assessed a total civil penalty of $10,000 of which $7,500 is suspended on the following conditions: (1) The Respondent is not found to have committed any further violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW or Title 390 WAC within four years of the date of this Final Order. The suspended penalty shall not be assessed based solely upon any remediable violation, minor violation, or error classified by the Commission as appropriate to address by a technical correction; (2) The Respondent remains in full compliance with all PDC reporting requirements and; (3) The non-suspended portion of the penalty ($2,500) is paid by the Respondent within 30 days of the date of the Final Order.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42326
42325 10/29/2018 Larry Seaquist John Kelly Kelly, John: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for using of public facilities to support a political campaign. (OCT 2018) RCW 42.17A 555 Case Closed with Reminder
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Larry Seaquist on October 16, 2018. The Complaint alleged that John Kelly, Parks Commissioner for the Key Peninsula Metro Park, may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 for using public facilities to support a political candidate.

PDC staff reviewed the allegations, the statutes and rules, the campaign flyer, and the response from Parks Commissioner John Kelly. 

Based on our findings, staff has determined that in this instance, the use of a public facilities does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation since: (1) No public resources or funds were used to support a political campaign or distribute the flyers. (2) The flyer made no mention of the Key Peninsula Metro Park, which is the agency that John Kelly serves as Parks Commissioner. (3) The overall structure and language of the flyer implies a personal endorsement, even though some word choices could be misinterpreted. (4) Elected officials are authorized to use their title if it is not on behalf of the agency and does not use public facilities.

PDC staff is reminding Parks Commissioner John Kelly about the importance of clarifying that he is not speaking on behalf of the agency when using his title to endorse a political candidate. 

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case. 
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42325
42268 10/26/2018 Michael Maddux Mary's Pistols Mary's Pistols: Alleged violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW for failure to register as political committee, report contributions and expenditures, disclose sponsor ID, or failure to report independent expenditures. RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.235, RCW 42.17A.320, RCW.42.17A.240, RCW 42.17A.255 Resolved through Statement of Understanding
  • Allegation One: Violation of RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to register as a political committee within two weeks of the expectation of contributions or expenditures to support or oppose a candidate or ballot proposition.
  • Allegation Two: Violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely and accurately report contributions and expenditures.
  • Allegation Three: Violations of RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to disclose accurate and complete sponsor identification in political advertising.
  • Allegation Four: Violations of RCW 42.17A.255 for failure to report independent expenditures in support or opposition to candidates or ballot propositions.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42268
42258 10/26/2018 Priscilla Swanger Timothy Gray Gray, Timothy: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.555 for using public facilities in political advertising. (EY 18 Oct 18) RCW 42.17A.555 Case Closed with Written Warning

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Priscilla Swanger on October 10, 2018. The Complaint alleged that Timothy Gray, incumbent and candidate for Stevens County Auditor in 2018, may have violated; (1) RCW 42.17A.555 by using public facilities to support his re-election campaign; (2) RCW 42.17A.235 by failing to timely file Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports); and (3) RCW 42.17A.240 by failing to disclose the candidate filing fee. 

PDC staff reviewed the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response(s) provided by Timothy Gray; and the applicable PDC reports filed by Respondent, to determine the allegations support a finding of one or more violations.

Although the Stevens County Auditor’s Office telephone number did appear in two political advertisements sponsored by the “Retain Tim Gray Auditor” campaign, the campaign took corrective action promptly. The 7-day pre-primary C-4 report was filed after the primary election but contained zero activity and the filing fee was paid using the personal funds of the candidate. 

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, including the Stevens County Auditor’s Office telephone number on two pieces of political advertisement, filing the 7-day preprimary C-4 report late disclosing zero activity, and failing to disclose the filing fee paid for using candidate’s personal funds does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation. 

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), Timothy Gray will receive a formal written warning concerning; (1) using public facilities to support his re-election campaign by including the Stevens County Auditor’s Office telephone number in political advertisement; (2) failing to timely file the 7-day pre-primary C-4 report; and (3) failing to disclose the candidate filing fee. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Mr. Gray will review all political advertisement sponsored by him or his campaign to avoid using facilities to support his candidacy and that he timely files all future required reports of contributions and expenditures, including all campaign activities, specifically those occurring during the accelerated reporting schedule prior to and after any election in which Mr. Gray participates in as a candidate for public office in the future. The Commission may consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42258
42257 10/26/2018 Lorilee Gill Thomas Taylor Taylor, Thomas: Alleged violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely and accurately report contributions and expenditures (EY 18; Oct 18) RCW 42.17A.235, RCW.42.17A.240 Case Closed with Reminder
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its initial review of the complaint filed by Lorilee Gill on October 11, 2018. The Complaint alleged that Thomas Taylor may have violated RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to timely and accurately report contributions and expenditures.

Based on our findings, staff has determined that in this instance, failure to accurately register as a candidate, does not an actual material violation warranting further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Thomas Taylor about the importance of the timely disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities, including the filing fee, and the timely filings of all future PDC reports, including the F-1 report.

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into the Complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42257
42253 10/26/2018 PDC Staff Shir Regev Regev, Shir: Alleged violation of WAC 390-16-125 for exceeding mini-reporting limitations without PDC authorization (EY 18; Oct 18) WAC 390-16-125 Resolved through Statement of Understanding
A Public Disclosure Commission staff generated complaint was filed against Shir Regev, a candidate seeking the office of State Representative in the 8th Legislative District in 2018, alleging violations of WAC 390-16-125 for exceeding mini-reporting limitations without PDC authorization to change to the Full Reporting Option.  After staff filed a complaint, a complaint was filed by Glen Morgan against Shir Regev alleging the same violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .235, and .240.

Ms. Regev completed a Statement of Understanding (SOU) acknowledging violations of RCW 42.17A.205, .235, and .240 by failing to timely change from the Mini Reporting Option to the Full Reporting Option, and to timely file the accompanying C-3 and C-4 reports, and paying a $300 civil penalty to resolve this matter.

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42253
42179 10/24/2018 Sandra Giachino Drew MacEwen MacEwen, Drew: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.335(1)(a) by making a false statement of material fact about a candidate for public office. (EY 18 Sep 18) RCW 42.17A.335 Case Closed with Reminder
The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Sandra Giachino on October 9, 2018. The Complaint alleged that Drew MacEwen, incumbent and candidate for State Representative in Legislative District 35 in 2018, may have violated RCW 42.17A.335 by making false statements of material fact about his opponent, David Daggett, a candidate for public office.

PDC staff reviewed the applicable statutes; the response provided by Dan Brady on behalf of Drew MacEwen; and publicly available information regarding David Daggett’s political platform, to determine your allegations support a finding of one or more violations.

The statement regarding David Daggett’s position on second amendment issues appears to have been made based on the NRA scorecard and the complaint did not include any evidence to the contrary. However, staff was unable to find any publicly available statements where Mr. Daggett confirmed his official position on issues related to gun rights to determine if the statement included in the political advertisement was true or false. 

Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, no evidence supports a finding of an actual violation warranting further investigation. PDC staff is reminding Drew MacEwen about the importance of vetting all information used in political advertisement, naming a candidate for public office and sponsored by any future campaigns he is involved with to avoid potential violations of RCW 42.17A.335.

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).
https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42179
42178 10/24/2018 Sandra Giachino Timothy Sheldon Sheldon, Timothy: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.335(1)(a) by making a false statement of material fact about a candidate for public office. (EY 18 Sep 18) RCW 42.17A.335 Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
The complaint alleged that the 2018 Tim Sheldon Campaign may have violated RCW 42.17A.335(1)(a) by sponsoring a political advertisement in the form of a telephone call that made false statements of material fact about a candidate for public office.  Specifically, that on August 22, 2018, a telephone call from an entity identified as Crossings Research, made false statements about Irene Bowling, a candidate for State Senator in the 35th Legislative District, and Senator Sheldon’s opponent.

No evidence was found that the 2018 Committee to Elect Tim Sheldon sponsored political advertisements in the form of telephone calls, either for polling or in opposition to Irene Bowling using Crossings Research, and the PDC will not conduct a more formal investigation into the complaint or pursue further enforcement action in this case.

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


https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/cases/42178
42112 10/23/2018 Fletcher Sandbeck Glen Morgan Morgan, Glen; A Brighter Thurston County PAC; Conscience of the Progressives PAC; Real Progressives in Thurston County PAC; Send a Message PAC: Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.205, .320, .335, .442 (See Case Description) (OCT 2018). RCW 42.17A.335, RCW 42.1&A.320, RCW 42.17A.205, RCW 42.17A.442 Case Closed with Reminder

As of Wednesday, October 24, 2018, the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) had received 31 complaints that were filed against four political committees recently registered with the PDC: (1) A Brighter Thurston County PAC; (2) Conscience of the Progressives PAC; (3) Real Progressives in Thurston County PAC; and (4) Send a Message PAC.  Some of the complaints contained allegations against the Campaign Manager for the committees Glen Morgan and/or Treasurer Orin Wells in their individual capacities.

 

The complaints alleged that the four political committees listed above, and/or Messrs. Morgan and/or Wells individually, produced and distributed independent expenditure (IE) political advertising in the form of direct mail pieces that violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.205 by failing to timely disclose the committee officers and other required information on the Committee Registration (C-1pc report); (2) RCW 42.17A.320 by failing to include the party preference for a candidate featured in the IE political advertisements; (3) RCW 42.17A.335 by sponsoring IE political advertising that contained either false statements of material facts, or false endorsements about a candidate, made with malice; (4) RCW 42.17A.435 by concealing the source of contributions used by the political committees; and  (5) RCW 42.17A.442 for making unauthorized contributions to another committee without first receiving contributions of ten dollars or more each from at least ten persons registered to vote in Washington State.     

 

The IE advertisements sent the message that the sponsoring political committees requested recipients to write-in the names of four individuals that included Teresa Purcell, Joe Pakootas, Nathan Schlicher, and EJ Zita in the 2018 elections, even though those individuals are not declared candidates seeking public office in 2018. 

 

Complaints filed against Real Progressives in Thurston County PAC and A Brighter Thurston County PAC

 

  • The complaints against Real Progressives in Thurston County PAC and A Brighter Thurston County PAC alleged violations of RCW 42.17A by sponsoring an IE advertisement in opposition to Tye Menser, a 2018 candidate for Thurston County Commissioner.  The mailer mentioned Fuse Washington (Fuse), the state's largest progressive organization (whose goals according to its website include assisting progressive candidates in getting elected to office and to “give ordinary people a strong voice in politics”) and a Fuse publication entitled Fuse WA Progressive Voters Guide. The mailer requested that voter’s write-in EJ Zita as the real Progressive candidate for County Commissioner in 2018, despite the fact Ms. Zita is not a declared candidate for public office or registered with the PDC in 2018 and is not conducting a write-in campaign.  FUSE endorsed Tye Menser for Thurston County Commissioner in 2018, and in 2017 Fuse endorsed Ms. Zita for her campaign for Port of Olympia Commissioner.   A quote on the mailer from the Fuse Progressive Voters Guide about Ms. Zita was from the 2017 election, although the mailer does not so indicate.

 

Complaints filed against Conscience of the Progressives PAC (Sponsored by Send a Message PAC)

 

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