FACT Asks for Ethics Probe of WI Congressional Candidate Randy Bryce
The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), has filed a complaint this week with the House Committee on Ethics against Wisconsin Democratic congressional candidate, Randy Bryce, who is challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan. FACT’s complaint maintains that Bryce violated federal law by failing to file a mandatory Financial Disclosure statement within thirty days of announcing his candidacy and raising $5,000.
“The purpose of a Financial Disclosure Statement is to allow citizens to immediately assess if a candidate seeking office has any conflicts of interest, and to ensure an ethical and transparent government,” said Kendra Arnold, Executive Director, Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT). “This is not a technical oversight, but moreover, a blatant disregard for our campaign finance laws as Bryce only filed the proper paperwork after being called out on the violation by the media.”
Federal law says that 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. According to the complaint, Randy Bryce filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on June 19, 2017. Bryce’s campaign financial forms, as well as one of his own press releases, show he officially surpassed $5,000 in contributions by June 20, 2017. Consequently, Bryce was required to file his Financial Disclosure statement by July 20, 2017. Not only did Bryce not file his statement or request a filing extension, he continued raising funds of over one million dollars according to his last FEC filing. It was only recently on October 24, 2017 that Bryce chose to file, over 3 months passed the deadline.
FACT asks that the Committee on Ethics to take appropriate action, including imposing a mandatory fine against Bryce for his failure to disclose in a timely fashion.