Ethics Watchdog Calls for Investigation into Rep. Susie Lee
Updated: Sep 13, 2022
Evidence Shows Rep. Lee Again Failed to Properly Disclose Stock Transactions
Washington, D.C. – September 1, 2022 – Today, the non-partisan ethics watchdog, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), filed a complaint requesting the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) investigate Congresswoman Susie Lee of Nevada for repeatedly failing to disclose financial transactions as required by the STOCK Act.
Federal law and House Ethics rules require Members to provide “full and complete” financial information to the public, including a Member’s assets, debts, income, and periodic reports of financial transactions that exceed $1,000 within 30 to 45 days of the transaction.
Rep. Lee has again failed to properly disclose stock trades. On August 13, 2022, Lee disclosed that she had traded eight stocks between January and September 2021 valued at up to $155,000. These transactions were disclosed ten to eighteen months late and involved companies subject to congressional legislation.
There are numerous other prior known instances where Rep. Lee has disclosed stocks months or years late. In 2020 and 2021, she failed to timely disclose more than 200 stock transactions. These transactions were valued at $3.3 million and were all disclosed late across multiple filings.
“There is no excuse for violating this law even one time, but this is an egregious case. This was not an inadvertent error or omission, but rather Rep. Lee’s knowledge of the law and her numerous and repeated failure to comply with it demonstrates knowing and willful violations. At this point she is clearly disregarding an important law that is crucial for identifying conflicts of interest,” said Kendra Arnold, Executive Director of FACT.
A full copy of the complaint can be found here.
FACT is a nonprofit organization to promoting accountability, ethics, and transparency in government and civic arenas.
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