A complaint was filed against Kathryn Campbell, a candidate seeking election to the office of City of SeaTac Councilmember in 2013, alleging that she may have violated RCW 42.17A: (1) RCW 42.17A.205 by failing to timely file the Candidate Registration (C-1 report) and listing WinPower Strategies, a campaign consultant as a Committee Officer; (2) RCW 42.17A.235and RCW 42.17A.240 by failing to timely and accurately file Monetary Contribution Reports (C-3 report), and Campaign Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) disclosing contribution and expenditure activities, including in-kind contributions, loans and outstanding debts/obligations; and (3) RCW 42.17.245 by failing to file C-3 and C-4 reports electronically using the PDC’s Online Reporting of Campaign Activities (ORCA) software, or similar campaign finance software.
Staff's review found that Kathryn Campbell Campaign (Campaign) failed to: (1) timely file the 7-Day Pre-General Election C-4 report disclosing contribution and expenditure activities undertaken prior to the 2013 general election; and (2) file the C-3 and C-4 reports electronically using the ORCA campaign finance filing software.
While those two issues would appear to rise to the level of material violations, the five-year statute of limitations has expired for allegations related to the 2013 election cycle, so the PDC is prevented from taking enforcement action.
Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), Kathryn Campbell will be formally warned concerning her failure to timely and accurately file campaign finance reports disclosing contribution and expenditure activities undertaken by her 2013 campaign, and for failing to electronically file the C-3 and C-4 during in accordance with PDC laws and rules. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Ms. Campbell, should she become a candidate again in the future, will timely file C-3 and C-4 reports, and if she meets the reporting threshold, reporting those activities electronically, 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 allegations listed in the complaint in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).