Watchdog Calls for Probe into Congressional Candidate Greg Landsman
Updated: Sep 1, 2022
Landsman appears to have violated federal law and House ethics rules
Washington, D.C.--July 13, 2022--The non-partisan ethics watchdog, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), requests the House Committee on Ethics immediately investigate Congressional candidate Greg Landsman of Ohio for apparently holding a position with a corporation that he did not disclose on his personal financial disclosure statements.
In November 2021, it was reported Candidate Landsman held the position of “Senior Advisor” to Every Child Capital. The organization describes itself as “a national model for philanthropic grant-making that borrows from approaches used in venture capital investing.” However, on his April 13, 2022, financial disclosure report, candidate Landsman failed to list his role as “Senior Advisor.” This position is one that must be reported, no matter the title of the position.
Under the public disclosure requirements, each House candidate or Member must report all non-federal positions (whether or not compensated) held with any organization. For instance, any position with any type of business or nonprofit organization must be reported. Candidates and Members are instructed:
“Members, second-year candidates, and termination filers must report positions held at any time during the reporting period up to the date of filing. First-year candidates and new employee filers must report positions held at any time during the current calendar year up to the date of filing, plus the two prior calendar years. If you no longer hold the position, you may wish to indicate that fact parenthetically, but you still must report the position.”
"This law is extremely important and one that members and candidates are well aware of. When one seeks an elected position, they have an affirmative duty to understand the laws and ensure they are in full compliance. There is no excuse for failing to mention a position within an organization. Inaccurate, incomplete, and late filings are unacceptable, and I encourage the Ethics Committee to investigate and impose the proper consequences," said Kendra Arnold, Executive Director of FACT.
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: https://www.factdc.org/