Grant Degginger, Chair
Katrina Asay, Vice Chair
Amit Rande, Member
Kathy Turner, Member
Farewell to Commissioner Turner
Commissioner Kathy Turner, whose term ends December 31, attended her final meeting. Other Commission members wished her well and expressed their appreciation her for her service.
Chair Degginger announced new commissioner appointments, John Bridges (effective December 8) succeeding Barry Sehlin and Anne Levinson (effective January 1) succeeding Kathy Turner.
The Commission accepted Lucy DeYoung’s stipulation that she violated campaign finance disclosure laws by concealing her identity as the sponsor of political advertising opposing 2013 Woodinville City Council candidate Bernie Talmas. DeYoung also failed to timely disclose spending $14,973 for the advertisements, which consisted of automated phone calls and direct mail postcards. DeYoung agreed to a $40,000 penalty, of which $10,000 is suspended with terms.
A stipulation of violation was also accepted from the National Association of Realtors Fund admitting its failure to timely disclose independent expenditures totaling $125,100. The independent expenditures were for direct mail, advocacy phone calls, online advertising and related expenses supporting eight local candidates in 2013. The stipulation imposes a $10,000 penalty, suspending $7,500 with terms.
Disclosing Lobbying Expenditures for Legislative Receptions
The Commission adopted rules that will relieve lobbyists from disclosing a per-person cost when reporting expenditures for certain legislative receptions and officials who attend these events from reporting food & beverage costs on their personal financial affairs statements. The rules take effect in early January and are:
· WAC 390-20-020 Forms for lobbyist report of expenditures,
· WAC 390-20-020A L-2 Reporting Guide, and
· WAC 390-24-010 Forms for statement of financial affairs.
Personal Financial Affairs/Inflationary Adjustments to Dollar Amounts
Inflationary adjustments to the dollar thresholds and dollar range code values were made through rule making. The Commission also adopted a new rule defining “officer” for the purpose of personal financial disclosure. These rules also take effect in early January and are:
- WAC 390-16-071 Annual report of major contributors and persons making independent expenditures,
- WAC 390-20-110 Forms for lobbyist employers report,
- WAC 390-24-010 Forms for statement of financial affairs,
- WAC 399-24-010 Forms for amending statement of financial affairs,
- WAC 390-20-110 Forms for compensation from sales commission,
- WAC 390-24-301 Changes in dollar amounts of reporting thresholds and value codes, and
WAC 390-24-150 Definition – Officer.
The Commission meeting materials can be found at www.pdc.wa.gov under Commission Meetings. For additional information concerning these issues contact Lori Anderson, Communications & Training Officer, at (360) 664-2737, toll free 1-877-601-2828 or e-mail at email@example.com.
The next regular meeting of the Public Disclosure Commission is tentatively scheduled for January 22, 2015.