February 28, 2013, Volume 13 Issue No 2
Amite Ranade, Chair
Barry Sehlin, Vice Chair
Grant Degginger, Secretary
Kathy Turner, Member
Draft language for proposed amendments to WAC 390-17-100 were considered to accommodate electronic authorizations by individuals who authorize payroll deductions for the purpose of making campaign contributions. Dimitri Iglitzin, counsel for the Washington State Labor Council and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) offered suggestions for the Commission’s consideration. The Commission asked staff to make changes to the proposal and return in March with edited draft language for the proposed amendment.
Draft language for three proposed amendments were approved:
- WAC 390-24-160 Definition – Professional staff member [proposed changes 1) set new deadline by which the Commission annually receives names of professional staff members from the Governor, Senate, and House of Representatives for the purpose of enforcing RCW 42.17A. 700 and 2) updates the Commission’s process of accepting the lists and making them publicly accessible];
- WAC 390-12-170 Public Disclosure Commission – Organization and Structure – Officers [proposed change eliminates the office of Secretary]; and
- WAC 390-19-030 Electronic Filing – Reporting Threshold [proposed change requires a returning candidate who E-file contribution & expenditure reports from the beginning of the campaign, provided the candidate was required to E-file in the last campaign].
As part of the Commission’s continuing review of evolving technology and campaigns, invited industry representatives from T-Mobile joined the discussion as well as an out-of-state attorney who had participated in drafting campaign regulations regarding text messaged contributions recently adopted by the State of Texas.
Proposed guidance related to placing campaign events on public agency calendar was discussed. The Commission asked staff to solicit feedback from the Association of Washington Cities members before they proceed.
Reporting modifications were renewed for the Washington State Democratic Central Committee and the Washington State Republican Party that exempt the parties from reporting certain transfers between their state and federal accounts that are reported to the Federal Elections Commission.
Reporting modifications exempting individuals from completing certain sections of the Personal Financial Affairs Statement (F-1) were renewed for:
· Edward J. McKenna, City of Seattle Municipal Court Judge,
· Rodney P. Reid, Commissioner, Port of Waterman,
· Steven G. Rosen, City of Seattle Municipal Court,
· Nancy Whitten, Council member, City of Seattle,
· Nancy Whitten, Council member, City of Sammamish, and
· David Wilson, School director, Shoreline School Board.
The Commission also renewed an F-1 reporting modification for Lewis Edelheit, Trustee, Life Sciences Discovery Fund, however an exemption from reporting information related to Hubspan Corporation was not sought because the corporation has been sold and the applicant no longer has a financial interest in the corporation.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next regular meeting of the Public Disclosure Commission is tentatively scheduled for March 28, 2013.