Ticket Number: 
43855
Complainant: 
Cheryl Aichele
Respondent: 
Clark County Democratic Central Committee
Created Date: 
December 11, 2018
Status of Investigations: 
Case Closed with Written Warning
Description: 

The complaints alleged that the Clark County Democratic Central Committee, a bona fide county party committee registered with the Public Disclosure Commission, may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.230 for failure to timely and accurately report contributions from low-cost fundraisers, and failure to timely deposit contributions from fundraisers; (2) RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to timely report contributions and expenditures and failure to maintain sufficient books of account; (3) RCW 42.17A.240 and WAC 390-16-037 for failure to accurately report in-kind contributions and expenditures, expenditure details generally, and failure to report proceeds from fundraisers; (4) RCW 42.17A.270 for failure to timely and accurately report earmarked contributions and WAC 390-17-015 for improper transfer of earmarked contributions; and (5) RCW 42.17A.460 for failure to report earmarked contributions as made from both the original contributor and the party as a conduit of earmarked contributions.

The complaint also alleged violations RCW 42.17A.430 regarding the disposal of funds and RCW 42.17A.555 regarding the use of public facilities, neither of which are applicable to bona fide party committees.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(b), the Clark County Democratic Central Committee received a formal written warning concerning failure to accurately and timely disclose all contribution and expenditures, including detailed expenditure descriptions, all occupation and employer information for individual donors and timely deposits of contributions received. The formal written warning included staff’s expectation that CCDCC accurately and timely files all future required reports of contributions and expenditures and makes deposits within five business days of receipt of contributions. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or rules.