Pearson, Kirk: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.235 for failure to accurately and timely report contributions and expenditures (EY 16, Sep 17)




Kirk Pearson


Walter Smith


A complaint was filed against Kirk Pearson, an incumbent State Senator and a candidate seeking re-election to that office in 2016, alleging violations of RCW 42.17A.235 and .240 by failing to timely and accurately file Monetary Contribution Reports (C-3 report), and Campaign Summary Full Campaign Contribution and Expenditure reports (C-4 reports) disclosing contribution and expenditure activities undertaken by the Campaign.

Based on staff's review and the facts that Kirk Pearson: (1) has no prior PDC violations dating back to 2000; (2) the Campaign timely filed the C-3 and C-4 reports for the period April 1 through December 31, 2016, including all of the pre-2016 election reports; and (3) Senator Pearson is no longer in office, staff has determined that, in this instance, the Campaign’s failure to timely and accurately file C-3 and C-4 reports, disclosing contribution and expenditure information, does not amount to an actual violation warranting further investigation.

PDC staff is reminding Kirk Pearson concerning the importance of timely and accurately filing C-3 and C-4 reports disclosing contribution and expenditure activities undertaken by his Campaign, should he again declare his candidacy and file with the PDC as a candidate seeking public office in the future. 

Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed the complaint in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).  



Case Closed with Reminder

Date Opened

September 05, 2017

Areas of Law

RCW 42.17A.235

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