|King County Chair Michael Young
King County GOP in a Heap More Trouble with PDC
The Public Disclosure Commission will be meeting on Wednesday, May 2, 2007. At 1:00 p.m. on the agenda, the PDC will be voting on a staff recommendation to refer the King County Republican Central Committee to the Attorney General for civil prosecution for numerous alleged violations of the campaign finance disclosure laws.PDC Meeting Agenda
A PDF copy of the investigation report that will be considered by the PDC is linked: here.
PREVIOUS VIOLATIONS REVEALED IN PDC INVESTIGATION IN MARCH 2007
The PDC was previously going to meet on Thursday, March 22, 2007 to refer the King County GOP to the Attorney General for civil prosecution. That had been based on a November 30, 2006 complaint that I had filed. To summarize from a Seattle Post-Intelligencer article of March 19, 2007, the violations which were revealed earlier in the PDC investigation consisted of:
“The investigation found that the party had missed the deadlines for more than 100 reports, which were filed anywhere from five to 306 days late. The reports covered nearly $170,000 in contributions and other money received and more than $180,000 in expenditures. For the year, the party took in more than $342,000 in contributions and receipts and spent nearly $358,000.
The investigators also found that the county GOP had failed to provide the required occupation and employer information for 90 percent of the contributors who gave more than $100. That represented 114 contributors who gave a total of $92,744. The party eventually provided the information March 12.”
Seattle PI news report
NEW VIOLATIONS REVEALED BY PDC INVESTIGATION OF SUBSEQUENT COMPLAINT
However, the PDC took that item off of the agenda for the March 22, 2007 meeting, because I filed another complaint on March 19, 2007, which made a number of new allegations against the King County GOP. The PDC staff has now investigated these new allegations, and has come up with a supplemental investigation report. (see Pages 17 to 46 of PDF)
Probably the biggest new violation is that the King County GOP spent at least $45,739.39 during October 2005 on behalf of King County Executive candidate David Irons — all without filing any reports with the PDC specifying that they were doing this. (see Page 23 of PDF) The law required the King County GOP to report these independent expenditures on a C6 report, and no C6 reports whatsoever were filed by the King County GOP during the 2005 campaign. Moreover, any independent expenditures within the last 21 days of the campaign were required to be reported on a C6 within 24 hours, which is an even more serious violation. Nor did the regular Schedule A reports filed by the King County GOP mention anything about any money being spent to support David Irons as a candidate.
The King County GOP also spent over $11,000 in independent expenditures or in-kind contributions to city council candidates in Issaquah and Sammamish in 2005, without specifying anything on its regular Schedule A reports or filing any C6 independent expenditure reports. (see Page 24 of PDF)
The King County GOP also made a $41,063.68 independent expenditure on October 20, 2006 on behalf of state legislative candidate Bret Olson (48th district), without any identifying details whatsoever on its regular Schedule A report. (see Pages 22 and 23 of PDF)
In addition, the King County GOP spent $2,700.00 in late October 2006 on yard signs and a website attacking state legislative candidate Deb Eddy (the 48th district opponent of Bret Olson). This was falsely reported by the King County GOP as being an “independent expenditure”. In fact, this expenditure was made to Bret Olson’s campaign consultant (Brett Bader of Madison Communications) and coordinated with the Olson campaign. Even Mr. Bader admitted that the King County GOP reported this incorrectly! The King County GOP also provided no details of this expenditure on its regular Schedule A report. (see Pages 20 and 21 of PDF)
And regarding a $9,110.00 independent expenditure in late October 2006 attacking state representative Geoff Simpson (47th district), the King County GOP filed a late and incomplete C6 report with the PDC. The King County GOP also provided no details of this expenditure on its regular Schedule A report. (see Pages 21 and 22 of PDF).
[The Reagan Wing has learned that The Young/Sotelo Administration’s response was, initially, being angry at being warned, privately in August, 2006, about these irregularities; next, completely ignoring the problem, despite its discovery, for months, next, making false claims about having solved it (in November and December, 2006) and, recently, making vulgar slurs about Richard Pope for finally reporting it.
But while these responsibilities are exclusively under the direct control of the Young/Sotelo Administration, the financial penalties for shirking them will be born by the whole Republicn Party out of our funds. Because of that we strongly agree with Mr. Pope that he had no choice but to act to end the seemingly endless chain of abuses and violations of law. It was only getting worse.]