Ken Mann, Whatcom County Councilman and Chair of the Whatcom County Finance Committee, is under investigation by the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission for significant financial errors and omissions that occurred during his 2009 campaign.
On July 8, 2013 Mr. Chet Dow filed a complaint with the PDC after noticing that Mr. Mann appeared to have lost over $7,700 between the end of his 2009 campaign and the start of his 2013 campaign. After an initial review, the PDC found that the complaint had merit and opened an investigation (PDC case #14-001). Mr. Mann has acknowledged that he is working with the PDC to resolve the matter and that he has responded to multiple requests for bank and financial records. And on September 20th Mr. Mann filed 14 reports with the PDC that should have been filed during his 2009 campaign.
These updated reports may have raised more questions than answers. They show that numerous errors and omissions occurred during his 2009 campaign. They include:
- Almost $5,000 in campaign expenses were not reported.
- Over 50 contributions were not reported.
- 5 reported bank deposits did not actually occur.
For a campaign that had $52,000 in expenses and 400 contributions, these omissions represent a significant percentage of his 2009 campaign finances.
Washington State Law requires transparent and timely reporting of all Campaign Finances (RCW 42.17A). Failure to do so can result in significant fines. The PDC rules state that a typical fine for 3 late reports is $1,100 (WAC 390-37-155). For situations involving more than 3 late reports the rules instruct that the Commission “shall assess successively increased penalties for succeeding violations …” (WAC 390-37-182(2)(c)). Mr. Mann could be in for a whopper of a fine.
A carefully documented analysis of Mr. Mann’s errors and omissions can be found at http://www.PdcProblem.com.
For more information please contact:
Chet Dow (360) 592-4345, Complainant
Bill Crawford (360) 255-1625, Analyst for the Complainant
Kurt Young (360) 664-8854 or (360) 753-1111, PDC Compliance Officer assigned to the investigation
Philip Stutzman (360) 664-8853 or (360) 753-1111, PDC Director of Compliance