Ticket Number: 
42367
Complainant: 
MaryAnn Ottinger
Respondent: 
Leonid Ponomarchuk
Created Date: 
October 29, 2018
Status of Investigations: 
Case Closed with Reminder
Description: 

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Mary Ottinger on October 17, 2018. The Complaint alleged that Leonid Ponomarchuk, a first-time candidate seeking the office of District Court Judge for the King County District Court, may have violated RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to properly itemize expenditures by quantity on Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports).PDC staff reviewed the allegations, the statutes and rules, the initial and amended C-3 and C-4 reports filed by the Campaign, and the response from the Leonid Ponomarchuk campaign.Based on our findings and the following facts, staff has determined that in this instance, the failure to accurately disclose mailing quantities on the expenditure report does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation since: (1) Leonid Ponomarchuk was a first-time candidate for public office in 2018; (3) The Campaign made minor or ministerial errors on required reports, which did not materially impact the public interest. (3) Leonid Ponomarchuk was a candidate who lost the election with 21.5% of the vote, and received aggregate contributions of $41,540 or less per election during the election campaign.   Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1), and will not be conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing further enforcement action in this case. PDC staff is reminding Leonid Ponomarchuk about the timely and accurate accurate disclosure of all contribution and expenditure activities, including the appropriate itemization of quantities for printing materials as detailed in WAC 390-16-037. This reminder letter includes staff's expectation that the Leonid Ponomarchuk campaign amends the C-4 report to include the correct quantities for the printing materials disclosed in Report# 100866486.