Ethics Watchdog Calls for Investigation into Pennsylvania Senate Candidate John Fetterman
Evidence Shows Lieutenant Governor Fetterman (D-PA) Failed to Disclose Assets
Washington, D.C. – September 13, 2022 – Today, the non-partisan ethics watchdog, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), requested the Senate Select Committee on Ethics investigate whether Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman failed to disclose assets in his personal financial disclosure.
Federal law and Senate ethics rules require Senate candidates to disclose their financial information to the public. Each candidate must file a financial disclosure statement that provides a “full and complete” statement of their assets, debts, and income, as well as any position held. With respect to assets, a candidate must “report the complete identity and category of value of any interest in property…with a fair market value exceeding $1,000 as of the close of the reporting period.”
According to county records, Fetterman currently owns the following real estate:
On July 29, 2022, Fetterman filed a personal financial disclosure and did not report the real estate he owns. While the precise fair market value of the properties is unknown, it is likely they are all above $1,000. Seven of the eight properties have an assessed value of $1,000 or more, and the eighth property likely has a fair market value greater than $1,000.
“It appears all of these properties should have been disclosed on Mr. Fetterman’s personal financial disclosure. Candidates are well aware of their obligation to comply with the law and have an affirmative duty to do so. Moreover, when a Senate candidate fails to comply with the disclosure laws, it is indicative as to whether they will comply with the law if elected---and it is especially concerning when they don’t,” said Kendra Arnold, executive Director of FACT.
A full copy of the complaint can be found here.
FACT is a nonprofit organization that promotes accountability, ethics, and transparency in government and civic arenas.
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