Failure to File: Congressional Candidate Stephanie Murphy Violates House Ethics Rules
Updated: Mar 19, 2019
Watchdog FACT Calls on House Ethics Committee to Investigate
(Washington, D.C.) –The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a non-partisan ethics watchdog group, directed by former U.S. Attorney Matthew G. Whitaker, filed a complaint with the House Committee on Ethics yesterday, requesting an investigation into Florida congressional candidate Stephanie Murphy for her failure to file her mandatory Financial Disclosure statement before the deadline.
“This is not simply a technical violation,” said Matthew Whitaker, Executive Director of the Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust. “A candidate’s timely filing of a Financial Disclosure statement allows citizens to assess any conflicts of interest the candidate may have during her campaign for office, and ensures an ethical and transparent government.”
According to the complaint, congressional candidate Stephanie Murphy filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on June 22, 2016, and also loaned her campaign $11,000 that same day. Under federal law, a candidate for the House of Representatives is required to file a Financial Disclosure Statement within thirty days of qualifying as a candidate by either raising or spending more than $5,000. Consequently, Murphy was required to file her Financial Disclosure statement by July 22, 2016. Not only did she not do so, but she only recently filed, almost seven weeks later, on September 12, 2016.
Whitaker maintained that no candidate should be permitted to disregard the law, and the extremely late filing in this case demonstrates that is exactly what happened here. FACT asks that the Committee on Ethics take appropriate action, including imposing a mandatory fine against Murphy.
FACT is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting accountability, ethics, and transparency in government and civic arenas. For more on FACT, visit: http://www.factdc.org/.