Public Disclosure Commission Investigating 38th District Democrats

May 14, 2017

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The 38th District Democrats have confirmed they are being investigated for a campaign donation received from Everett Firefighters Local 46 that a citizen claims is a pass-thru donation intended to skirt campaign finance rules. Here is the complaint as posted on the PDC website.

Jackie Pryor Jpryor030 reported 4 days ago (Fri, 14 Apr at 1:17 PM) via Portal Meta On the PDC website, the Friends of Brian Sullivan for Everett Mayor campaign reports that they received a donation of $10,000 from the 38th Legislative District Democrats on April 3, 2017. I have reason to believe this is a pass-through donation from the Everett Firefighters Local 46 union, who reportedly made this donation to the 38th LD under the condition that it be passed-through to the Sullivan campaign. The donation from the Firefighters union to the 38th LD, in the amount of $10,500, was recorded on 3/22/17. It allegedly included the additional $500 to be retained by the 38th LD.

Victor Harris, who is in charge of finances for the 38th District Democrats sent the following email when we inquired about the investigation.

The 38th Legislative District Democrats acknowledge the Public Disclosure Commission is conducting an investigation regarding the District’s finances.
This matter is under investigation and the 38th Legislative District has no further comment.

Paul Gagnon, President of Everett Firefighters Local 46 told the donation was not earmarked. “We gave the donation to the 38th District Democrats,” Gagnon said. “What they do with the funds is up to them.”

The PDC is currently in the fact finding stage of their investigation of the complaint. You can see the current status of the investigation and read the complaint and the various responses here.

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