October 6, 2021

The Commission welcomes public feedback on legislation it is proposing for the 2022 legislative session.  These changes promote the Commission’s goals to respond to the evolving landscape of campaign finance law, and to continue to improve transparency for the public. 

They also seek to adjust campaign reporting schedules to reflect the state’s vote-by-mail system. The campaign finance law and filing deadlines were created at a time when there was a single election day, but voting now starts as soon as ballots are mailed.

If you want to comment on the proposed legislation, please send your comments to pdc@pdc.wa.gov by Oct. 20, 2021.

Here are highlights of the proposed legislation:

September 29, 2021

Allen Hayward joins the Commission 

Commission Chair Fred Jarrett welcomed new Commissioner Allen Hayward to his first meeting, following Hayward’s appointment two days earlier by Gov. Jay Inslee. 

Hayward is a longtime former legal counsel for members of the state House of Representatives. He said he looked forward to listening and learning at his first Commission meeting. 

His appointment brings the number of Commissioners to four; the PDC is awaiting the appointment of a fifth member. 

Before his retirement in 2013, Hayward spent more than three decades as legal counsel for House Republicans. He lives in Tumwater. 

September 27, 2021

Commission hears public comment as it launches review of digital ad rules

The Commission began discussing what campaigns and advertising vendors need to disclose about digital political advertising in anticipation of revising disclosure rules later this year or early next.

The Commission heard testimony and received written comments from sellers of digital advertising, trade associations representing the tech industry, campaign watchdogs, campaign participants and citizens.

Ian Goodhew, head of government relations for Google in Washington state, told the commission his company believes that campaigns should be required to identify ads as political before they run. He also said that if campaigns fail to self-identify their ad as political, ad platforms should have more than the currently required 24 hours to provide information to the public about political ads.

September 23, 2021

Allen Hayward, longtime former legal counsel for members of the state House of Representatives, joins the Public Disclosure Commission as its newest commissioner this week.

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Hayward to the Commission effective Sept. 21, 2021, for a term ending Dec. 31, 2025.

“We are looking forward to drawing on Allen’s expertise gained from many years in state government as we continue to make improvements in how we serve both the officials who disclose information and the public who consumes it,” said Commission Chair Fred Jarrett.

Hayward said his interest in the work of the PDC dates from the agency’s early days. As a student at Willamette University in 1974, he wrote his senior thesis on Initiative 276, which established campaign finance disclosure and public records law in Washington.

 “Little did I imagine that almost 50 years later I would be honored with an appointment to the Commission,” Hayward said.

August 2, 2021
Commissioners devoted much of their July meeting to discussing what the PDC might include in its request for new laws during the 2022 legislative session. They were joined by two lawmakers in that discussion. 
 
Rep. Gerry Pollet spoke about his proposal on grassroots lobbying – programs aimed at the public that are designed to influence state legislation. Grassroots lobbying campaigns that exceed certain spending thresholds must register with the PDC and report their activity monthly, but reports for the month are not due until the 10th of the next month. 
 
July 12, 2021

Reappointed Commission leadership 

The Commission voted to reappoint Fred Jarrett as chair and Nancy Isserlis as vice chair. 

Both had assumed those positions in January during a transition in leadership cycles. These new appointments will run for the full fiscal year, from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. 

Jarrett joined the PDC in 2019, following a decades-long career of public service as Mercer Island mayor, state senator and representative and senior deputy county executive in King County. He also had a 35-year career at the Boeing Co. 

June 21, 2021

Commission issues order concerning pro bono legal work for Tim Eyman 

At the request of the Institute for Free Speech, the Commission issued an order concerning the Institute’s plan to provide pro bono (without charge) legal services to Tim Eyman for an anticipated appeal of a ruling in a 2021 court case that found he violated campaign finance law. 

The Commission order says IFS need not register or file reports with the PDC, nor disclose its donors, as long as it represents Eyman in his individual capacity in the appeal. 

May 13, 2021

More campaign audit results released 

Four more completed audit reports of 2018 state Senate races were presented to the Commission. Audited candidates included two Republicans and two Democrats: Jeff Holy and Marty McClendon, and Emily Randall and Jessa Lewis. 
 
The four new limited-scope audits showed that candidates substantially complied with reporting requirements and employed sound internal control procedures. They join previous audits of four other 2018 Senate races.  
 
Next up for the auditors: a review of eight 2020 state House races. 
 

Concepts for digital political ad library discussed 

April 26, 2021
If you work for a government agency – city, county or state –  in Washington, your agency may need to report lobbying.  
 
Your agency may have hired a contract lobbyist, or employees of your agency may need to report lobbying activity. Check our public agency lobbying instructions if you’re not sure whether your agency’s activities need to be reported.  
 
If you do need to report lobbying by a government body, the way to do that is with a quarterly report called the L-5. It is an electronic form that you submit through the PDC website.  
 
April 5, 2021

Commission issues $10,000 in fines for Kennewick Public Facilities District board members  

The Commission voted to fine five members of the Kennewick Public Facilities District Board for violating campaign finance laws during a 2017 unsuccessful campaign to increase sales taxes. 
 
In a written agreement, the five board members — Barbara Johnson, John Neill, Ron Hue, Renee Brooks and Calvin Dudney — acknowledged that they authorized ads, website and other marketing materials in violation of state law that prohibits the use of public resources to promote a ballot measure. 
 
March 31, 2021
The Public Disclosure Commission is soliciting comment on a proposed interpretation to provide guidance for the designation and use of surplus campaign funds, as required under RCW 42.17A.430.  
 
The proposed interpretation addresses the areas where the most frequently asked questions arise.   
 
Please send any written comments to Sean Flynn at  pdc@pdc.wa.gov  by April 16th, 2021. 
March 18, 2021

 

The Commission heard four enforcement cases involving late or missing Personal Financial Affairs (F-1) reports. Officials in each of the four cases had previous violations on record.  

In each case, PDC staff sent multiple emails and other communications in an attempt to make filers aware of their most recent missing reports. 

In PDC Case 80222, the Commission voted to fine Jeff Jernigan, fire commissioner for the West Thurston Regional Fire Authority since 2013, $3,000 in addition to penalties previously assessed for missing F-1 reports. But the $3,000 was suspended, provided that Jernigan files reports for calendar years 2015 through 2018 within 30 days and pays penalties related to previous missing reports totaling $4,000 within 120 days. 

February 10, 2021

A long-running case initiated by a Public Disclosure Commission investigation led to a court ruling Wednesday that initiative campaigner Tim Eyman intentionally violated state campaign finance laws. 

Thurston County Superior Court Judge James J. Dixon found that Eyman misappropriated campaign donations for his personal use and neglected to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions. 

Dixon fined Eyman more than $2.6 million and also enjoined Eyman from managing, controlling or directing the finances of any political committees in the future – an action sought by the state. 

The court found that Eyman operated as a continuing political committee and, as such, failed for years to report financial details to the PDC. 

Wednesday’s ruling came in a lawsuit filed in 2017 by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, following the PDC’s investigation. 

February 8, 2021

New Commission chair for 2021 

Fred Jarrett presided over his first Commission meeting as chair. Jarrett joined the Commission in 2019, following a long career of public service as Mercer Island mayor, state senator and representative and senior deputy county executive in King County.  

Spokane attorney Nancy Isserlis, who joined the PDC in 2020, is the Commission’s new vice chair. 

Rules for Personal Financial Affairs (F-1) statements 

The Commission voted to adopt permanent rules governing requirements for the Personal Financial Affairs (F-1) statements required from elected and appointed officials.  

January 20, 2021

We are seeking feedback on a proposed reorganization of the PDC website so it can better serve you. 

Please participate in an online study to test our new, draft structure.

Participation involves finding a location for information within the structure, and answering survey-style questions. It will take around 15 minutes to complete. Instructions are available before you start the activity.


Click this link to get started: https://anthrotech.optimalworkshop.com/treejack/pdcwebsite

 

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