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[ili II [1! j L , Page A-14 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Sept. 1 1,2014 busi owners Camp staff member Keli Nexander, left, looks on as Destiny Albro and Kaylynn Johnson present their business plan for a Krazy Koffee Day stand Thursday at the Youth Entrepreneurship Camp at Olympic College Shelton. The Mason County advocacy group Youth 'N Action sponsored the camp. During workshops conducted Aug. 25 through Aug. 28, participants ages 14 to 25 identified skills and traits needed for entrepreneurship; brainstormed ideas for small-business structures; and developed a marketing plan, financial analysis and floor plan for their business ideas. Journal photo by Gordon Weeks continued from page A- 1 may add a disclaimer to the rel- evant portions of our site, as we have in other contexts, or we may choose to fundamentally restructure the way we present contributor data," Perkins wrote in the letter. PDC Communications and Training Officer Lori Anderson said the website used to have a disclaimer stating that data on contributor types was volun- teered by candidates and not verified by the PDC. "We need to get that (disclaimer) back," she said. "That's our first step." Anderson said the PDC will not im- mediately take any steps to correct the problem. "We're going to just keep doing the same practice we've always done," she said. The PDC tracks campaign contribu- tions for all candidates for elected office in the state. Candidates are required to file with the commission if they expect to spend more than $5,000 during any election. The PDC displays all contributions on its website, www.pdc.wa.gov. The website presents raw data on campaign contributions but also pres- ents total contributions from business- es, PACs, unions, individual donors and other contributors organized into color-coded graphs. The PDC became aware of the er- rors after Shelton resident Bob Rogers noticed that candidates from around the state, including candidates from the 35th Legislative District, classified identical organizations inconsistently, some as unions, PACs or corporations. Rogers emailed the Journal in refer- ence to a July 24 article on campaign contributions, expressing concern with the accuracy of PDC data on candidate contributors. Rogers then filed a complaint with the PDC on Aug. 26 alleging that 35th Legislative District state Senate candi- date Irene Bowling (D-Bremerton) mis- classified some union contributions as PAC contributions. Bowling won the Aug. 5 primary against incumbent Tim Sheldon (D- Potlatch) and challenger Travis Cou- ture (R-Belfair). Perkins noted in his letter, which he wrote in response to Rogers' concerns, that candidates are not required to note the type of contributor when filing paperwork on a campaign contribution. The PDC does not audit the submis- sions to make sure the contributor-type label is applied accurately, Perkins wrote. However, such groups have limits on the amount of money they can do- nate to candidates in an election cycle. The contributor types that were in- correct on the PDC's website -- PACs, unions, corporations and other entities -- are in the same category and have the same restrictions on their cam- paign contributions. Each entity can donate a maximum of $5,000 per year to state political par- ties or county or legislative party com- mittees, $950 per year to caucus politi- cal committees, $1,900 per election to state executive candidates and judicial candidates, and $950 per election to legislative candidates and local offices. "We believe that our 'election totals' reports are a useful feature of our web- site, worth maintaining and refining, and we are currently studying our op- tions to address the errors you identi- fied," Perkins wrote to Rogers. "We will consider ... potential solutions in light of staff resources, and against the oth- er priority projects in our IT Division's current backlog." The erroneous data was still up on the PDCs website as of Wednesday, with no disclaimer. Candidates use software provided by the PDC to provide data on cam- paign contributions. "We're kind of on the brink of get- ting ready to replace that software," Anderson said. 11 Open - Sunday a.m. - 8 p.m. Closed Monday 8e Tuesday Wed. - Sun. from 2:30 - 4:30 110 8. First St, Shelton, WA 98584 360-426-1421 * * * 360-426-1456 "We Make House Calls" Your Full Service Roofer Since 1959 . Year-Round ONE DAY Services in most cases r, m m m m m I I I Choose your own I I special offer! 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