Andrea Reay’s campaign claims Debi Wagner violated disclosure laws
by Jack Mayne
The campaign manager for Burien City Council candidate Andrea H. Reay has filed a Public Disclosure Commission complaint alleging election rule violations against fellow candidate Debi Wagner.
Both are candidates, along with Robert L. Richmond, seeking to oust Position 3 councilmember Joan McGilton.
The PDC action was filed Thursday by e-mail by Cindi Laws, Reay’s campaign manager.
Phil Stutzman, director of compliance for the Public Disclosure Commission said on the telephone Friday morning that the complaint has been received but it will take time to see if the complaint is properly filed and then whether there are violations that warrant a full investigation that could take weeks.
Wagner, according to the Reay campaign complaint, decided to use a method called “Mini Reporting” instead of ‘Full Reporting.’
“As such, citizens do not have access to her campaign contributions or expenditures,” Laws’ alleges.
But the law requires that candidates who use this method must open their records to the public during the final days before the election.
The election date is Tuesday, Aug. 6, however many voters have completed mailed ballots earlier.
The allegations and responses
The complaint says the first alleged violation is that “Ms. Wagner conducted robo-calls on Monday, July 29, 2013. A receipt dated July 24, 2013 from the company ‘Labels & Lists’ for $276.96 was present. However, there was no record of the expense of the (Birmingham, Ala.) company conducting the robo-calls.”
Wagner says the bill for the robo-call had not arrived by the time Laws asked to see records, but it has since.
A second alleged violation is that the Wagner campaign had a flyer produced by “Friends to Elect Debi Wagner” which is in violation because it lacks “proper placement and committee address.” The same against a Wagner campaign website and a video. The Reay campaign also alleges an ad in the “Highline Times lacks adequate sponsor identification address and inadequate font size.”
Wagner says all of the items have her campaign name and address and the campaign sponsorship listed.
The third alleged violation is that the Wagner campaign has produced a short video but had no record of the cost of the production, as required by PDC rules. Wagner says the video was produced by a “no annexation” campaign ally and did not cost her City Council campaign anything.
The fourth alleged violation is that “spending on lumber for 200 yard signs has been concealed.”
Wagner says she bought the stakes long before the campaign on sale at local lumberyard and the rest of the stakes are reused from various previous campaigns.