Ethics Watchdog Files Supplemental Complaint Regarding U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright
Updated: Oct 27, 2020
FACT Provides Further Information PA Congressman Sponsored Legislation He Would Benefit from and Failed to Disclose Wife’s Income for Two Years
Washington, D.C.—October 8, 2019—The non-partisan ethics watchdog, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), today, filed a supplemental complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) against U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA) for violating House conflict of interest rules.
The supplemental complaint, which bolsters FACT’s original complaint filed against Congressman Cartwright on September 23, 2019, provides additional information showing that the Congressman: 1) violated the law and regulations governing annual personal financial disclosures, and 2) violated House Ethics Rules that prohibit members of Congress from sponsoring legislation that benefits them or a spouse.
Congressman Cartwright’s wife is a partner at Munley Law specializing in commercial truck accident cases and yet he failed to disclose her income on his annual personal financial disclose as required by the Ethics in Government Act for the past two consecutive years. Munley Law, which bills itself as “the nation’s leading truck accident team” stands to benefit from legislation the Congressman is sponsoring, which increases by 600% the cost of the minimum insurance commercial truck drivers would be required to purchase.
Records show that Congressman Cartwright apparently failed to disclose his wife’s income as required by law and House Ethics’ instructions for personal financial disclosures in both 2017 and 2018 despite having disclosed the information during the prior five years (2012-2016). In fact, he amended his 2016 disclosure in October 2017 to address the omission of his wife’s income as required.
Congressman Cartwright’s wife not only stands to benefit from the legislation he is sponsoring but the trial attorney trade group which she chaired is advocating for the legislation. Congressman Cartwright’s failure to disclose his wife’s income for two consecutive years and his sponsorship of legislation that would benefit his wife merit an immediate investigation followed by the imposition of any required sanctions.
“The clear conflict of interest in this case is made worse by the Congressman’s apparent lack of transparency the law requires,” said Kendra Arnold, Executive Director, Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT). “The failure to disclose a financial interest, in this case his wife’s income, that is directly related to the legislation he sponsored is highly suspect and needs to be immediately investigated.”
A full copy of the complaint can be found here.
FACT is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting accountability, ethics, and transparency in government and civic arenas. For more on FACT, visit: www.factdc.org.