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May 3, 2007

King County Republicans agree to $40,000 PDC fine

Posted by David Postman at 3:13 PM

The King County Republican Party agreed this week to a $40,000 fine to settle a Public Disclosure Commission case that found numerous reporting violations, including some campaign donation reports filed more than 300 days late.

An investigation found that in one KC GOP account, 74 percent of contributions and 70 percent of expenditures were reported late in 2006. The party failed to list employers and occupations of 91 percent of donors who were required to report that information.

In an agreement signed Tuesday by County Chairman Michael Young, the party admitted to multiple violations during 2005 and 2006. While the PDC fined the party $40,000, it agreed to suspend $17,500 of it if the county GOP has no violations through the end of 2010. Young also agreed to make sure his treasurer is well trained and will conduct year-end reviews of the books for the PDC.

The investigation began with a complaint from Republican activist and attorney Richard Pope. He initially informed party officials of their problems in an e-mail last summer. But they apparently did not follow up, and Pope drafted his in-depth complaint. You can find his complaint, and the other documents here at the PDC site.

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