Ticket Number: 
42513
Complainant: 
Mitchell Giddens
Respondent: 
Michael Killian
Created Date: 
November 1, 2018
Status of Investigations: 
Case Closed with Written Warning
Description: 

The complaint alleged Michael Killian may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 by failing to identify a party preference in political advertising, specifically a radio advertisement.

Staff determined that in this instance, failure to include party preference does not amount to a material violation warranting further investigation or pursuing further enforcement action in this case.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1), Michael Killian received a formal written warning concerning the failure to comply with the requirement to include his party preference on political advertising sponsored by his 2018 campaign in accordance with RCW 42.17A.320, WAC 390-18-020 and WAC 390-05-274.

The formal written warning included staff's expectation Michael Killian clearly identify his party preference on all political advertising sponsored by his campaign in future years in accordance with PDC laws and rules. The Commission will consider this formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.

The PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).