Wales, Largo - Alleged Violation of RCW 42.17A.235, .240 for failure to report contributions and expenditures. (Election 2017)

Case

#23492

Respondent

Largo Wales

Complainant

Elizabeth Miller

Description

The complaints alleged Largo Wales may have violated: (1) RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 for failure to accurately and timely file Monetary Contributions (C-3) reports and Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure (C-4) reports; (2) RCW 42.17A.240 for failure to properly report expenditures on C-4 reports, including the failure to provide proper expenditure descriptions; (3) RCW 42.17A.320 for failure to include sponsor identification on political advertising; (4) RCW 42.17A.330 for failing to use at least one picture in any political advertising taken within the last five years; (5) RCW 41.17A.430 for unauthorized disposal of surplus funds and (6) RCW 42.17A.555 for unauthorized use of public facilities to support a political campaign. 

Staff has determined that in this instance, the failure to timely and accurately file reports of contributions and expenditures and use of her city-issued phone to communicate regarding doorbelling does not amount to a finding of a violation that warrants further investigation.

However, pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Largo Wales will receive a formal written warning concerning the Committee’s failure to comply with PDC requirements as noted in this letter.

The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation Largo Wales timely file all future required reports of contributions and expenditures and disclose debts and obligations and include PDC staff’s expectation Wales review PDC guidance for local government agencies in election campaigns. 

The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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).  

Disposition

Case Closed with Written Warning

Date Opened

August 10, 2017

Areas of Law

RCW 42.17A.235, RCW.42.17A.240

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