In addition to handing down fines for public agencies that didn’t file lobbying reports, the Public Disclosure Commission last week also fined some candidates who it says failed to file campaign-finance reports.
Among them was Federal Way School Board President Tony Moore, who ran last year against state Sen. Tracey Eide. He fell short by less than 1,700 votes out of nearly 39,000 cast in Federal Way and nearby communities.
The PDC said Moore’s campaign failed to report three pieces of mail advertising totaling $20,904. The mailings were put out by the state Republican Party, not Moore — but Moore’s campaign was supported to report them as an in-kind contribution.
It didn’t, according to the PDC, nor did it report two GOP mailings worth $14,743 as last minute contributions. It wasn’t clear if the two totals overlapped.
The commission fined Moore $300, but waived half of the fine if Moore commits no violations for the next four years. Moore didn’t return phone and e-mail messages last week and this week.
The investigation stemmed from a complaint filed by Peg Altman, a former chairwoman of the 30th District Democratic Party.
The state Republican Party was not accused of wrongdoing.
Another GOP candidate, Marty McClendon, was fined by the PDC for a similar violation involving mailings sent out by the state party. The commission said McClendon, who ran an unsuccessful shoestring campaign against Sen. Derek Kilmer, failed to report $9,544 as an in-kind contribution from the party.
I caught up to McClendon, who told me his treasurer did report the mailings. The report was submitted online, he said, but the PDC never got it. It fined his campaign $200 with $100 waived upon good behavior.