A complaint was filed against the Democratic Association of Secretary of States (DASS) concerning a $2,000 contribution made to Tina Podlodowki, a candidate for Secretary of State in Washington State in 2016, alleging that DASS failed to file an Out-of-State Committee Report (C-5 report) as required in accordance with RCW 42.17A.250.
Based on staff's review and findings, staff has determined that, in this instance, as a 527 political organization is does not appear that DASS would meet the statutory requirements as an out-of-state political committee, and thus was not required to have filed the C-5 report for the contribution. In addition, DASS’s one contribution made to a candidate in Washington State does not warrant further investigation or additional staff resources to be expended.
However, PDC staff reminded the Democratic Association of Secretary of States about the importance of campaign finance reporting and to timely comply with the C-5 reporting requirements in the future, should additional contributions be made using political committee funds.
Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed the complaint in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).