PDC staff began a new cycle of limited-scope audits in 2020 – the first since 2008.
 
Selection criteria for the audit pool of candidates included the following:
  • Both candidates were in a contested election   
  • Both candidates reported significant contributions and expenditures of more than $100,000 
PDC staff reviewed contribution (C-3) reports and summary contribution and expenditure (C-4) reports. The agency requested campaign books of account and other relevant documents as part of the audit scope.
 
These audits, authorized by RCW 42.17A.105 and RCW 42.17A.110, are designed to provide the public with information about how well campaigns comply with state laws and PDC regulations and strengthen public confidence in campaign reporting transparency.  
 
They also provide an opportunity to identify problems that campaigns encounter. Recognition of common errors can prompt improvements in PDC instructions to campaigns and the electronic filing systems used in reporting, as well as suggestions for new PDC rules or changes in state law. 
 
The PDC will post findings from audits here as they are completed.
 

Results

            2018 election: 30th Legislative District

Claire Wilson

  • This campaign substantially complied with candidate reporting requirements for filing timely and accurate Monetary Contribution (C-3) reports and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure (C-4) reports.
  • Documentation for selected expenditures as part of campaign books of account verified expenditure information.
  • Internal control procedures and practices were sound and facilitated timely and accurate disclosure. 
 

Mark Miloscia

  • This campaign substantially complied with candidate reporting requirements for filing timely and accurate Monetary Contribution (C-3) reports and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure (C-4) reports.
  • Documentation for selected expenditures as part of campaign books of account verified expenditure information. Staff also noted that creating a separate entry for expenditures less than $50 in the filing software used by the campaign was a good way to accurately document those expenses.
  • Internal control procedures and practices were sound and facilitated timely and accurate disclosure. 

Read the Mark Miloscia audit report here.

 

           2018 election: 42nd Legislative District

Doug Ericksen

  • This campaign substantially complied with candidate reporting requirements for filing timely and accurate Monetary Contribution (C-3) reports and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure (C-4) reports.
  • Documentation for selected expenditures as part of campaign books of account verified expenditure information.
  • Internal control procedures and practices were sound and facilitated timely and accurate disclosure. 

Read the Doug Ericksen audit report here.

 

Pinky Vargas

  • This campaign substantially complied with candidate reporting requirements for filing timely and accurate Monetary Contribution (C-3) reports and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure (C-4) reports.
  • Documentation for selected expenditures as part of campaign books of account verified expenditure information. Staff also noted that creating a separate entry for expenditures less than $50 in the filing software used by the campaign was a good way to accurately document those expenses.
  • Internal control procedures and practices were sound and facilitated timely and accurate disclosure. 

Read the Pinky Vargas audit report here.

 

2018 election: 6th Legislative District

Jeff Holy

  • This campaign substantially complied with candidate reporting requirements for filing timely and accurate Monetary Contribution (C-3) reports and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure (C-4) reports.
  • Documentation for selected expenditures as part of campaign books of account verified expenditure information. 
  • Internal control procedures and practices were sound and facilitated timely and accurate disclosure. 
  • Staff noted the campaign made one technical correction after being notified of the audit, concerning an incorrect vendor name. In addition, staff noted that several mailers should have been disclosed as orders placed on the 7-Day Pre-General Election C-4 report.

Read the Jeff Holy audit report  here.

 

Jessa Lewis

  • This campaign substantially complied with candidate reporting requirements for filing timely and accurate Monetary Contribution (C-3) reports and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure (C-4) reports.
  • Documentation for selected expenditures as part of campaign books of account verified expenditure information. 
  • Internal control procedures and practices were sound and facilitated timely and accurate disclosure. 

Read the Jessa Lewis audit report here.

 

2018 election: 26th Legislative District

Emily Randall

  • This campaign substantially complied with candidate reporting requirements for filing timely and accurate Monetary Contribution (C-3) reports and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure (C-4) reports.
  • Documentation for selected expenditures as part of campaign books of account verified expenditure information. 
  • Internal control procedures and practices were sound and facilitated timely and accurate disclosure. 

Read the Emily Randall audit report here.

 

Marty McClendon

  • This campaign substantially complied with candidate reporting requirements for filing timely and accurate Monetary Contribution (C-3) reports and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure (C-4) reports.
  • Documentation for selected expenditures as part of campaign books of account verified expenditure information. Staff also noted that creating a separate entry for expenditures less than $50 in the filing software used by the campaign was a good way to accurately document those expenses.
  • Internal control procedures and practices were sound and facilitated timely and accurate disclosure. 

Read the Marty McClendon audit report here.