As they say, Subject Says It All!
While a full 1/6 of each legislative chamber has failed to turn in their required ethics forms, one stat sticks out from the upper chamber: Almost. Every. Single. Non-filer. Is. A. Democrat.
The law is very simple: Each state or local officer…shall file a statement of financial interests no later than July 1 of each year.
Because July 1 fell on a weekend this year, the legislators were given an extension to July 3, thus Senator Benacquisto’s form was considered timely. Senator Kelli Stargel is the sole GOP Senator on the non-filer list. A look at her filing history indicates she perennially files late (usually in August).
Two weeks after the forms were due, 40% of Senate Democrats have failed to fill one out. If you include Senator Daphne Campbell, who was one week late, and Senator Darryl Rouson, who filled out a partial disclosure for the Constitutional Revision Commission, more than 50% of the Senate Democratic Caucus failed to turn in a proper disclosure on time.
Democrats sure had a lot to say about transparency and ethics this session, but their actions don’t match their words. Perhaps Democrats think their voters just don’t care about their ethics? …or maybe transparency is just a priority when it’s others that have to do it!
While these Senators and House Members tardy forms don’t begin to accrue fines until September 1, there is no question that many Democrats ignored their constitutional duty to timely file an Ethics Disclosure.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: I was going to list them all so people could pull them for mailers at a later date, contact me if you want a specific member listed)