Mark, Phil: Alleged violation of RCW 42.17A.320 for failing to include the complete sponsor identification on political advertising sponsored by his 2021 campaign (EY '21; August '21)

Case

#97379

Respondent

Phil Mark

Complainant

Nicolas Duchastel de Montrouge

Description

The complaint alleged Phil Mark, a Woodinville City Council member and current candidate for Position 1, violated RCW 42.17A.320 by failing to include the complete sponsor identification on political advertising sponsored by the 2021 campaign. The complaint also included an allegation of RCW 42.17A.555 by using public facilities to promote a candidate, specifically allegations Mark used a city-issued email account on a campaign website. 

PDC staff has determined that, in this instance, the use of a city-issued email account on a campaign website does not amount to a violation warranting further investigation. PDC staff is reminding Phil Mark about the importance of statutes and rules regarding theuse of public facilities to promote a candidate and expects Mark to review RCW 42.17A.555, PDC Interpretation 01-03: Guidelines for Local Government Agencies in Election Campaigns and ensure any future campaign-related activities fully comply with PDC 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).

Disposition

Case Closed with Reminder

Date Opened

August 18, 2021

Areas of Law

RCW 42.17A.320, RCW 42.17A 555

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