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             Results of Brief Enforcement Hearings – May 26, 2010

Chris Clifford, candidate for King County Director of Elections in 2009:
PDC Case No. 09-098
Chris Clifford was a candidate for King County Director of Elections in 2009, and found
in violation at a Brief Enforcement Hearing held on May 28, 2009, of RCW 42.17.040 by
failing to file the Candidate Registration (PDC Form C-1), and RCW 42.17.240 by failing
to file the Personal Financial Affairs Statement (PDC Form F-1) within two weeks of
becoming a candidate for the February 3, 2009, special election.

Mr. Clifford alleged that he never received any of the correspondence from the PDC
regarding the May 28, 2009, Brief Enforcement Hearing. At the May 26, 2010, Brief
Enforcement Hearing, the Presiding Officer vacated the Order Imposing Fine in PDC
Case No. 09-098 that was entered against Chris Clifford on June 8, 2009, in which the
two violations listed above were found.

Results: After the Presiding Officer vacated the order, a new brief enforcement hearing
was held, in which Mr. Clifford failed to participate, and was found in violations of RCW
42.17.040 and RCW 42.17.240 as referenced above.

Assessed Penalty: The Presiding Officer assessed a $50 civil penalty against Chris
Clifford, provided he files the missing C-1 and F-1 reports within 60 days of the date of
the order. If the $50 penalty and the missing C-1 and F-1 reports are not filed within 60
days by Mr. Clifford, the penalty becomes $500 and Mr. Clifford has an additional 30
days to pay the $500 penalty. If the $500 penalty is not timely paid within the additional
30 days, the matter will be brought before the full Commission.

State Representative Dan Roach: PDC Case No. 10-063
Dan Roach is an incumbent State Representative with the Washington State Legislature,
serving the 31st Legislative District in Position #1. It is alleged that State Representative
Dan Roach violated RCW 42.17.710 by soliciting contributions for a known candidate
seeking public office during the 2010 Legislative Session.
May 26, 2010; Brief Enforcement Hearing Results
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Representative Roach acknowledged participating at a February 5, 2010, campaign
kickoff event for Cathy Dahlquist, a candidate seeking election to State Representative in
the 31st Legislative District, and soliciting contributions from attendees during the 2010
Legislative Session.

Results: The Presiding Officer found Representative Dan Roach violated RCW
42.17.710 on one occasion by soliciting contributions for Cathy Dahlquist during the
2010 Legislative Session.

Assessed Penalty: The Presiding Officer assessed a $500 civil penalty against Dan
Roach, and suspended $400 on the condition that no violations of RCW 42.17 are found
for two years from the date of the order. The $100 non-suspended portion of the penalty
is required to be paid within 60 days of the date of the order.

2009 Conrad Lee Campaign: PDC Case No. 10-029
Conrad Lee is an incumbent Bellevue City Councilmember and current Deputy Mayor of
Bellevue. Mr. Lee was a candidate seeking re-election to the office of Bellevue City
Council in 2009, selecting the Full Reporting option. It is alleged that the 2009 Conrad
Lee campaign violated RCW 42.17.090 on multiple occasions by failing to timely
disclose orders-placed for services, and by failing to timely disclose monetary
expenditures undertaken by the campaign.

Results: The Presiding Officer found that the 2009 Conrad Lee Campaign violated RCW
42.17.090 on multiple occasions by failing to timely report orders-placed totaling $23,427,
and a monetary expenditure totaling $3,981 for campaign mailings.

The Presiding Officer dismissed the allegations that the 2009 Conrad Lee Campaign
failed to allow the inspection of campaign records during the open records inspection
period, and that Mr. Lee used the public facilities of the City of Bellevue to assist his
campaign. The Presiding Officer dismissed the allegation that the campaign failed to
timely file C-4 reports, since it did not rise to the level of enforcement.

Assessed Penalty: The Presiding Officer assessed a $500 civil penalty against the 2009
Conrad Lee Campaign, and suspended $200 on the condition that no violations of RCW
42.17 are found for the next four years. The $300 non-suspended portion of the penalty
is required to be paid within 60 days of the date of the order.


Renton for KCLS NOW: PDC Case No. 10-061
On February 4, 2009, the Renton City Council voted to place Proposition #1 on the
February 9, 2010, special election ballot, which if approved by City of Renton voters,
would annex the City of Renton libraries into the King County Library System (KCLS).

Renton for KCLS Now is a one-time political committee that supported a local ballot
proposition on the February 9, 2010 special election ballot. Renton for KCLS Now filed
a Committee Registration (PDC Form C-1pc) on December 29, 2009.
May 26, 2010; Brief Enforcement Hearing Results
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Renton for KCLS Now timely filed the 21-day pre-election C-4 report on the due date of
January 19, 2010, listing $5,800 in contributions received and $5,773.13 in expenditures,
but failed to include a Schedule A attachment to the C-4 report detailing the expenditures
made during the reporting period.

The committee filed an amended 21-day pre-election C-4 on March 5, 2010, and included
an attached Schedule A itemizing the two expenditures made during the reporting period.
The two expenditures were disclosed 44 days late.

Results: The Presiding Officer found that the Renton for KCLS Now violated RCW
42.17.090 by failing to timely disclose two expenditures undertaken by the committee in
support of a local ballot proposition.

Assessed Penalty: The Presiding Officer assessed a $500 civil penalty against the Renton
for KCLS Now, and suspended $400. The $100 non-suspended portion of the penalty is
required to be paid within 60 days of the date of the order.


Nick Federici: PDC Case No. 10-065

Nick Federici is a lobbyist registered and reporting with the Public Disclosure
Commission. Mr. Federici signed an L-1 and became a Lobbyist Employer when he
contracted with a lobbyist in 2009. It is alleged that Mr. Federici violated RCW
42.17.180 by failing to file the Annual Lobbyist Employer Report (PDC Form L-3)
disclosing lobbying activities undertaken during calendar year 2009. The L-3 report was
required to be filed no later than March 1, 2010.

Results: The Presiding Officer found that Nick Federici violated RCW 42.17.180 by
failing to file the Annual Lobbyist Employer Report (PDC Form L-3) disclosing lobbying
activities undertaken during calendar year 2009.

Assessed Penalty: The Presiding Officer assessed a $150 civil penalty in accordance
with the L-3 Penalty Schedule. The $150 penalty is required to be paid within 60 days of
the date of the order.

								
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