Ticket Number: 
42538
Complainant: 
Conner Edwards
Respondent: 
Phil Lloyd
Created Date: 
November 1, 2018
Status of Investigations: 
Case Closed with Reminder
Description: 

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Conner Edwards on October 20, 2018. Your complaint alleged that Families Yes, a 2018 election year committee, may have violated RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to identify the “Top Five Contributors” to the committee in political advertisement mail piece they sponsored. PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; and the response provided by Phil Lloyd, Treasurer for Families Yes, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations. Although the committee, Families Yes, sponsored two mailers that did not include the “Top Five Contributors” as required at the time they were distributed, the committee followed up with their direct mail vendor as soon as the oversight was identified through receipt of the complaint and promptly made corrections to two additional mailers and other political advertisement to ensure compliance Based on these findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to include the required “Top Five Contributors” statement with the list of donors on two mailers they sponsored does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation. PDC staff is reminding Families Yes about the importance of included complete sponsor identification, including the “Top Five Contributors” when required on all future political advertisements they sponsor in accordance with the statutes and rules. Based on this information, the PDC finds that no further action is warranted and has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).