The conservative watchdog group Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust has filed an ethics complaint against Democrat Stephanie Murphy, nominee in Florida’s 7th Congressional District, for failing to file her personal financial disclosure statement in time for the deadline.
The group filed the complaint with the U.S. House Committee on Ethics Thursday, requesting an investigation.
Murphy, of Winter Park, declared her candidacy on June 22. By house rules was to have her personal financial disclosure statement submitted within 30 days, according to the complaint. She finally filed the disclosure on Sept. 12, 82 days after filing to run.
She is running against 12-term incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. John Mica of Winter Park.
“We sincerely apologize for filing the disclosure forms late, but the forms were filed and late fee paid earlier this month, and the forms are fully available to the public for review,” her campaign manager Brad Howard said.
“This is not simply a technical violation,” Matthew Whitaker, FACT executive director stated in a news release. “A candidate’s timely filing of a Financial Disclosure statement allows citizens to assess any conflicts of interest the candidate may have during her campaign for office, and ensures an ethical and transparent government.”
Whitaker maintained that no candidate should be permitted to disregard the law, and the extremely late filing in this case demonstrates that is exactly what happened here. FACT asks that the Committee on Ethics take appropriate action, including imposing a fine against Murphy.
Another group supporting Murphy, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, dismissed the complaint as a partisan attack, noting that FACT’s funding, though not disclosed, has been tied to the Koch brothers of Kansas, longtime Republican backers. A spokeswoman for the group, Christie Stephenson, also drew attention to revelations earlier this year that Mica had been late paying some real estate taxes in Washington D.C., and